The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
American equities decline on China surge worries and high yields
On Monday, US equities decreased for a third day in a row, generally mirroring global equities against the backdrop of soaring unease as to effects of the China-US trade conflict on global surge and with Treasury gains at multi-year maximums.
The Chinese government announced an abrupt cut in the level of cash, which financial institutions need to hold as reserves. The given move is expected to lower financing costs and boost surge in the face of the fierce trade clash between the two leading economies. Chinese shares dived and put pressure on global markets too.
There’re also worries as to China’s economy as well as the impact of trade, as some financial analysts pointed out.
On Wall Street, worries of decelerating surge manifested in a sag in high-flying equities, which have provoked the market ascend.
The top losers were represented by technology equities that lost 1.97%. As a matter of fact, Apple headed south by 1.4%, Microsoft dived by 1.6%, while Nvidia lost 2.8%.
As for the communications services sector, it went down by 0.86%. Netflix slipped by 2.5%. Additionally, Facebook and Alphabet lost nearly 1.3% each.
Besides this, the trade-sensitive industrials declined by 0.6%. Boeing dipped by 1.9%.
The US Treasury told that it was concerned over China's currency depreciation and it was closely watching developments having to do with the Chinese Yuan.
While the American bond market was unavailable for the Columbus Day holiday, gains on the 10-year note at seven-year maximums kept market participants on edge.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost by 0.62% hitting 26,282.06. Moreover, the S&P 500 inched down by 0.65% reaching 2,866.74. As for the Nasdaq Composite, it dived by 1.43% showing 7,677.20.
The three defensive sectors turned out to be the only gainers amid the 11 key S&P sectors. Consumer staples and utilities rallied by 1.2%, while real estate companies added 1.53%.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
Will coronavirus continue keeping the markets in fear? What releases should we wait for? Find out in the news!
Moody’s downgraded the country to ‘junk’ status on Friday.
The US economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
The United States will publish ISM manufacturing PMI on April 1, at 17:00 MT time.