Ger30, UK100 and SP500 are CFD’s, written over the Dax30, Footsie100 and S&P500 Index futures:
European markets ended the last session of 2017 in different directions, with investors looking at the outlook for the coming year. 2017 was marked by an appreciation of the European stock markets, albeit smaller than the US, mainly due to the appreciation of the Euro which is a disadvantage for the region’s exports. The technology sector has appreciated by around 20%, making it one of the best performers in Europe on an annual basis. The producers of raw materials were also highlighted by the positive, driven mainly by the rise in metal prices at the end of the year. In London and Frankfurt, markets closed earlier. The FTSE index appreciated 0.85%, reaching a new high, led by companies in the mining sector. Infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty rose 1.43% after reporting that it had sold an additional stake in Connect Plus. On the other hand, the German market closed with a slight loss, reason why in annual terms the valuation of the DAX index was of 12.60%. In Paris, Airbus shares have been under pressure, despite reports of an order for 430 A320neo planes by private equity firm Indigo Partners.
In this last session of the year, the US market was trading at a slight low. In 2017, the S&P500 appreciated about 20%, with the technological and consumer discretionary sectors being the best performers. Only energy and telecommunications companies recorded annual devaluations.