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05 June 2020 | William Buckhurst

That Was The Week That Was


  • US consumer spending plummeted 13.6% in April – the steepest decline in recorded history
  • Meanwhile at the end of the week, the US unemployment rate for May fell unexpectedly
  • At €600bn the ECB announced a modestly higher bond-buying programme than expected
  • Stock markets continued to head higher


A chart by Ned Davis shows that on May 26th 91.7% of S&P 500 stocks moved above their 50-day moving average. This has happened 19 times since 1970 and, 12 months later, markets have been higher every one of those 19 times. There is no such thing as a perfect indicator, but this has to be considered close to being one of them.


  • AB Foods are slowly reopening their Primark chain
  • Amazon launched a $10bn bond issue including three-year paper at 0.4% - the lowest ever corporate rate in US history
  • Remy Cointreau released a positive statement saying that turnover was down less than expected
  • Adidas said that 70% of their stores are now open and in May they saw increased sales in China compared to last year


The Fevertree brand has saturated the UK market, yet last year with growth rates declining (only in the UK) so did the share price. However, the company gave a very positive update this week with its US Nielsen data, which covers just under half of Fevertree's off-trade sales, reporting 98% growth year-on-year in the four weeks to 18th April and 96% in four weeks to 16th May. A fund we follow closely said that they could see the share price multiplying by five from here.


A conversation with an infrastructure debt fund showed us that a combination of warm weather, the closure of shops and other businesses, and strict lockdown measures has conspired to force UK power prices down and could dampen future investment in renewable energy. But this has the potential to restrict future additions to renewable output, impacting supply and, in turn, could support power prices.


1883: John Maynard Keynes is born.  As well as being a highly influential economist, he was a good stock picker - under his management, the active component of the Kings College Cambridge portfolio outperformed its benchmark index by an average of 8% a year over a quarter of a century

1944: D-Day: the allied invasion of Europe begins. News reaches the US at 3am and the stock market opens that morning with a two-minute moment of silent prayer


We had been wondering whether Zoom’s massive increase in users had resulted in higher sales or was it purely penny pinchers looking to use the first 45 minutes for free?  Well, first quarter total revenue of $328.2 million, up 169% year-on-year answered that.


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As at 5th June 2020. Source: Financial Express

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