US stock markets yesterday showed strong growth due to the global increase of interest in risky assets amid optimism associated with the recovering of the Chinese stock market. Support for the market was the statistics on the growth of index of small business optimism in the US in August, which rose to 95.9 against 95.4. Today we should pay attention to data on the number of vacancies in the labor market of the USA (14:00 GMT). Activity in the market is constrained by the expectation of the Fed's decision on interest rates on September 17. Given the stabilization of the market in China, we expect the growth of the indexes in the medium term.
European stock markets rose due to growth in demand for risky assets in the world, and thanks to yesterday's publication of a report on the GDP growth in the euro area, which in the second quarter grew by 0.4%, against an expected increase of 0.3%. Today, the central event for the European market was the release of the report on the UK trade balance deficit which unexpectedly rose to 11.1 billion, compared with an expected 9.5 billion, and whose volume of industrial production in July fell in the country by 0.4%. Analysts expected an increase of 0.1%. We continue to maintain a medium-term positive view on the European markets, but the expectations the Fed will deter investors from taking action.
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region showed strong growth today on expectations of stabilization on the Chinese stock market and the resumption of the uptrend. At the same time Japanese Nikkei225 index gained more than 7% in connection with the fixing of short positions and forecasts of export growth of local companies. Yesterday positive was also the news on GDP, which in the second quarter fell by only 0.3%, which is 0.1% better than the previous forecast of analysts. Today, additional support was the data on the index of consumer confidence in the country, which rose to 41.7, which is 1.4 more than the previous record. We expect growth on the markets of the region in the near future.