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American equities keep tumbling
On Monday, American equities kept diving for the fourth trading session in a row due to the fact that political deadlock in America resumed and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's initiative to have a crisis group convened contributed to nerves, suppressing the S&P 500.
All the 11 key S&P 500 (SPX) sectors found themselves in the red, with the benchmark index facing the worst December even since the Great Depression.
As a matter of fact, the high-growth technology SPLRCT as well as healthcare SPXHC sectors went down by respectively 0.90% and 1.27%.
Mnuchin talked to the heads of the six key American financial institutions who soothed him that they have enough liquidity to proceed with lending and that the financial markets keep functioning in the right way.
His initiative to convene a call with Trump’s Working Group on financial markets, also known as the "Plunge Protection Team", put pressure on market sentiment.
Some financial analysts pointed out that America isn’t facing a downtime now. In contrast with the 2008 meltdown, the economic data turns out to be at the other end of the spectrum because now with banking stability, America has volatile, although still functioning financial markets.
The Cboe Volatility Index, which appears to be the most widely followed gauge of anticipated near-term fluctuations for the S&P 500, hit its highest value since February 9.
ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped by 1.57% hitting 22,092.79. As for the S&P 500, it decreased by 1.35% coming up with 2,384.11, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped by 0.50% being worth 6,301.37.
A bruising December for the American markets provoked by fears over a partial federal government shutdown, the China-US trade conflict as well as interest rate lifts has put the S&P 500 on track for its most impressive monthly percentage tumble since 2008.
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The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.