30 Jun '11, 2pm

IM$avvy Info Hub: Poor #market liquidity but some support for STI #investment #finance

IN our Monday column we raised the possibility that Wall Street would buy in anticipation of Wednesday's Federal Open Market Committee meeting and sell after it was concluded. This turned out to be a fairly accurate guess, the major US indices rising on Monday and Tuesday despite the release of more lousy economic numbers only to fall back on Wednesday and Thursday after US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke admitted that growth had stalled and that QE2 or the second round of quantitative easing would not be extended. Also rising ahead of the Fed meeting were European markets, though this was more likely in anticipation that an agreement would be reached on how to bail Greece out. Just as in the case of Wall Street, once a deal was reached, markets came under pressure. Here, the Straits Times Index (STI) remained divorced from the broad market, the latter continuing to suf...

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