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 stand still on political uncertainty
On Friday, American futures were intact because a potential trade conflict put pressure on market participants.
The S&P 500 futures tacked on 0.05% hitting 2,756.75, while Dow futures went down 0.07% being worth 24,907.0. Additionally, tech heavy Nasdaq 100 futures headed south 0.03% reaching 7,08.25.
Donald Trump has made a decision to have national security adviser H.R. McMaster fired. It appears to be the latest in a marathon of White House fires as well as resignations. The previous week ex-economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned having openly criticized Trump’s duties on aluminum and steel, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked a bit earlier this week.
Fears of over a potential trade conflict also kept weighing on market participants. An import duty on steel and aluminum imposed by Trump has left investors on edge. Nevertheless, Canada and Mexico are enjoying a sudden exemption because the current administration would like to negotiate a trade agreement. Apparently, more duties could spur worries of a global trade feud and also put pressure on investor appetite for risky assets.
Qualcomm turned to be among the leading gainers in pre-market trade, soaring 4.36% following news that ex-chairman of the firm, Paul Jacobs is looking for funding for a buyout. Additionally, software company Adobe Systems Incorporated rallied 4.86% after a stronger than anticipated first quarter. At the same time semiconductor Micron Technology managed to grow 2.40%
Overstockcom Inc went down 12.55% having reported a 13% sag in the fourth quarter profit, while Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba headed south 0.65%.
In the European Union equities rallied. Germany’s DAX went up 0.48%, France’s CAC 40 managed to surge 0.04%, while the FTSE 100 added 0.10% in London. As for the pan-European Euro Stoxx 50, the given benchmark acquired 0.19%, Spain’s IBEX 35 stood still.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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