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 go down after Cohn resigns
On Wednesday, American futures headed south after Gary Cohn resigned as the leading economic adviser to Donald Trump, thus powering fears that Trump is on the verge of imposing shocking metal duties.
The S&P 500 futures went down 0.95% hitting 2,698.0, Dow futures slumped 1.22% hitting 24,550.0. as for tech heavy Nasdaq 100 futures, they inched down 0.85% reaching 6,848.75
Financial markets have been on edge since the previous week when Donald Trump uncovered that his country would impose 25% import duties on steel as well as 10% tariffs on aluminum. An ex-Goldman Sachs executive, Cohn didn’t appreciate those duties. Market participants are afraid that his resignation could enable Trump to have the tariffs passed and launch a trade war.
The US President is highly anticipated have the duties finalized later in the week and pick a National Economic Council Director to substitute Cohen in the next few weeks.
Netflix turned to be among the lowest performers of pre-market trade, diving 2.26%. Besides this, Apple went down 1.12%, General Electric slumped 1.43%. Besides this, Park Hotels & Resorts Inc headed south 2.07%.
In addition to this United States Steel Corporation inched up 2.09%, National Grid PLC ADR headed north 1.64%, while software designer Autodesk added 7.20% after its revenues turned to be better than anticipated.
Meanwhile, in the European Union equities generally lost. The DAX dived 0.22% in Germany, while the CAC 40 inched down 0.05% in France. The FTSE 100 shed up to 0.07%. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 50 went down 0.33%, Spain’s IBEX 35 decreased 0.28%.
As for commodities, gold futures headed south 0.20% hitting $1,332.50 a troy ounce. Crude futures sank 0.65% being worth $62.19 a barrel.
The US dollar index that rates the greenback versus a basket of six major rivals, slumped 0.09% trading at 89.48.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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