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Global Stock Market Index: 18th February 24 Weekly Recap

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Throughout the week, the global indices displayed a mixed performance. While the US market saw some profit booking in tech stocks, resulting in flat performance, European and Asian markets remained predominantly positive. Investors overlooked concerns regarding the UK and Japanese economies potentially entering a technical recession. Despite improving macro conditions globally, investors are cautious about evolving geopolitics and energy prices.  

A snapshot of the major world market indices this week

IndexPrevious Day Change (%)WoW Change (%)
US Markets
Dow Jones-0.40-0.14
S&P 500-0.47-0.41
European Markets
Asian Markets
Nifty 500.591.10
Nikkei 2250.864.31
Straits Times1.402.67
Hang Seng2.423.77
Taiwan Weighted0.20-0.15
SET Composite-0.07-0.15
Jakarta Composite0.440.52
Shanghai Composite1.263.43
Source: Moneycontrol

Following the release of higher-than-expected inflation numbers later in the week, major US stock indices experienced some selling pressure, raising concerns about the Federal Reserve’s rate cut timeline. Additionally, Nike’s announcement of a 2% workforce layoff raised concerns about the demand for discretionary products, particularly impacting consumer discretionary stocks throughout the week.

Dow Jones

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experienced selling pressure during Friday’s session, declining by 0.40% and closing the week with a marginal loss of 0.14%.

S&P 500

Despite the profit booking, the S&P 500 index is successfully holding above the 5,000 level, which it broke for the first time last week. In Friday’s session, the index was down to 0.50% and closed the week with a cumulative loss of 0.41%.


The tech-heavy Nasdaq index was the most affected, with traders prioritizing profit-taking in tech stocks that had seen significant gains in recent weeks. During Friday’s session, the index declined by 0.78%, resulting in a weekly loss of 1.30%.

Despite mixed economic indicators, European markets remained largely positive throughout the week. The news of the UK entering recession, the European Commission reducing growth forecast in 2024, and the narrowing of the European trade surplus failed to impact the positive investor sentiment.


FTSE, the UK’s blue-chip stock index, gained 1.48% in Friday’s session, and closed the week with a cumulative gain of 1.84%. The fall in people’s spending in the last quarter of 2023 resulted in a larger-than-expected contraction in the economy’s growth. It was the second consecutive fall in quarterly growth in 2023. For 2023, the UK economy grew by 0.1%, the weakest since 2009, excluding the Covid year.


During Friday’s session, CAC 40, the French stock market index, was up by 0.32% and concluded the week with a cumulative gain of 1.58%. Hopes of slight growth in Q1 of 2024, after stagnation in 2023, have improved market sentiment.


DAX, which tracks the 40 largest German companies, continued its positive momentum, making new highs during the week. The index gained 0.41% in Friday’s session and posted a weekly gain of 1.13%. Germany has officially become the third-largest economy, overtaking Japan.       

The news of Japan entering recession and concerns relating to the slowdown in the Chinese economy dominated the Asian market. However, major stock indices were largely positive despite the negatives, barring a few during the week.

Nifty 50

The Nifty 50, India’s benchmark index, experienced profit booking during the week, leading to subdued momentum. However, amidst concerns about growth in other major economies, the Indian economy emerged as a bright spot, boosting investor optimism regarding returns. On Friday, the index increased by 0.59%, resulting in a weekly gain of 1.10%.

Nikkei 225

Shedding the concerns of a recession, investors continue to pour money into the Japanese stock market. Nikkei 225 is now trading closer to its 34-year peak. In Friday’s session, the index gained 0.86% and posted a weekly gain of 4.31%.

Straits Times

The optimistic sentiment in the region, coupled with positive expectations for the budget, propelled STI higher in Friday’s session. The index surged by 1.4% on Friday and recorded a weekly gain of 2.67%.

Hang Seng

Despite the economic worry, bullish sentiment around tech stocks increased the index during the week. The index gained 2.42% on Friday’s session and recorded a weekly gain of 3.77%.

Taiwan Weighted

The index struggled to maintain the previous week’s positive momentum, experiencing a slight decline due to losses in US tech stocks and concerns about inflation. However, on Friday, the market rebounded with gains of 0.2%, mitigating the weekly decline to just 0.15%.


On Friday, the South Korean index, KOSPI, surged by 1.32%, nearly offsetting the losses incurred earlier in the week. Overall, the index ended the week almost unchanged, with a marginal loss of just 0.03%.

SET Composite

Thailand’s primary index, the SET Composite, traded flat this week as investors awaited clear market direction. It traded flat on Friday, losing 0.07%, and fell 0.15% week on week.

Jakarta Composite

This Indonesian index traded on a positive note during the week amidst the presidential election that was held on February 14th. Jakarta Composite gained 0.44% on Friday’s session and was up by 0.52% week-on-week.

Shanghai Composite

Despite the economy’s ups and downs, China’s benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, maintained a positive bias. It increased by 1.26% on Friday, and the index has gained 3.43% in the last week.

Wrapping Up

The market faced headwinds from higher inflation in the US, increasing treasury yields, and slowing growth in Europe. Despite these challenges, markets have shown resilience, maintaining gains with reduced volatility. The upcoming weeks’ inflation data from the US and economic indicators from Europe will likely guide market direction in the medium term. Investors should remain cautious, as any slip in managing inflation could potentially disrupt global growth and stock market returns.

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