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 futures are mixed in the face of trade war worries
On Thursday, American equities were mixed because market participants were still anticipating a potential trade conflict.
The S&P 500 futures went up 0.02% hitting 2,754.50, Dow futures grasped no more 0.10% reaching 24,814.0. At the same time tech heavy Nasdaq 100 futures headed south 0.05% demonstrating an outcome of 7,054.50.
Trade war worries have generally resurfaced among market participants. It’s due to the fact that Donald Trump actually considered putting duties on Chinese imports.
The news showed up a week after Trump had rolled out abrupt duties on such metals as aluminum and steel. However, Mexico and Canada turn to be exempt because the administration considers negotiating a trade pact. Obviously, more duties could drive worries of a global trade conflict and also put pressure on investor appetite for risky assets.
In addition to this, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba happened to be among the greatest performers in pre-market trade, tacking on 0.23%. At the same time semiconductor Micron Technology Inc climbed up 0.20%, while Cheetah Mobile ascended 3.94%.
British American Tobacco went down 0.12%, while ING Group NV ADR showed an outcome of 0.11%.
The Empire State manufacturing poll, Philly fed survey along with import prices are expected to show up at 8:30 AM ET.
In the European Union equities mostly tacked on. In Germany the DAX acquired 0.24%, while France’s CAC 40 inched up 0.29%. The FTSE 100 gained 0.17% in London. The Euro Stoxx 50 managed to acquire 0.22%, Spain’s IBEX 35 dived 0.41%.
As for commodities, gold futures demonstrated a 0.20% dive hitting $1,323.00 a troy ounce. Secondly, crude futures inched up 0.02% being worth $60.97 a barrel. Rating the greenback’s market value against a bunch of six major currencies, the US dollar index soared 0.04% being worth 89.79.
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