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Possible breakthrough in gene technology driving biotechnology share prices
Possible breakthrough in gene technology driving biotechnology share prices
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Possible breakthrough in gene technology driving biotechnology share prices

Biotech shares are regarded as highly promising due to the innovative strength of the sector, but they also tend to be subject to drastic price fluctuations both ways. After a long period of consolidation, biotech shares have embarked on a clear upward trend since May 2018. Harald Kober, Senior Fund Manager, explains the reasons for the investors’ optimism.

Austrian stock market 2018: Flattish, with room to surprise on the upside
Austrian stock market 2018: Flattish, with room to surprise on the upside
(c) Akos Stiller, Quelle: Wiener Börse

Austrian stock market 2018: Flattish, with room to surprise on the upside

Over the past three years (2015-2017) the ATX, Austria’s main equity index, posted an annual return of more than 16%, making the Vienna Stock Exchange the best performing European stock market (or second best, if Eastern Europe is included).

Equity returns and dividends: it depends on the market phase
Equity returns and dividends: it depends on the market phase
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Equity returns and dividends: it depends on the market phase

To most people, the notion of the performance of shares relates to changes in the share price. This does not take into account the second component of return, i.e. the dividend. Simply looking at the share price development seems too one-sided to me. After all, dividends may account for up to a third of total return, as is the case for example for the shares listed on the Vienna stock exchange. However, shares with strong dividends do not generate the highest total return in every phase of the market.

Inflation worries weighing on stock exchanges
Inflation worries weighing on stock exchanges
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Inflation worries weighing on stock exchanges

In the past two days, the stock exchanges, spearheaded by the New York Stock Exchange, have shed the entire previous gains of 2018. Even last week, inflation worries had started to weigh on the markets. But the recent reaction was extraordinarily strong, with experts likening it to the excellent employment report in the US. We have asked Peter Szopo, our equity strategist, about the current market situation.