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Russian firms will issue shares while confidence lasts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Subject

The Russian stock market.

Significance

Stronger economic fundamentals, rising oil prices and hopes that sanctions might end soon helped the stock market to a vigorous recovery as of end-2016, although from the low base of 2015. The improvement in investor sentiment continued through the first quarter of 2017.

Impacts

  • Confidence will recede if US President Donald Trump fails to deliver the promised improvement in relations.
  • More Russian companies may follow the emerging trend of exiting the London stock market.
  • Increased participation of unqualified retail investors may in the long run amplify speculative movements on the stock exchange.

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