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 edge up after four consecutive losing sessions
On Wednesday, American futures managed to rally, having a minor respite after losing few trading marathons, which have brought the S&P 500 to bear market territory on fears over decelerating surge as well as the recent drama in the US government.
As a matter of fact, S&P 500 e-minis tacked on by 0.96%. Dow e-minis ascended by up to 0.94%, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis surged by 0.95%.
As a result of a four-day dive, the benchmark S&P 500 concluded Monday at a 20-month minimum and 19.8% below its closing maximum, shy of the 20% mark traditionally utilized to define a bear market. Moreover, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dived by 18.9% from that level. As for the Nasdaq, it’s getting plunged into bear territory with each day’s tumbles.
The partial shutdown of the American cabinet, which is one of the recent factors irritating traders, entered the fifth day. On Tuesday, American leader told that that the shutdown is going to last until his demand for financing to erect a wall on the US-Mexico border is fully met.
Apparently, the political impasse over the border wall financing and the recent departure of the American defense chief have spurred investor fears over the US-China trade conflict as well as other geopolitical events, which impact global surge and corporate gains.
Additionally, on Tuesday, American President also repeated that the US primary financial institution was increasing interest rates too fast, blaming the economic headwinds on the Federal Reserve.
The fresh sell-off has pushed all the 11 key S&P sectors down for the year. As a result, about three-fourths of the S&P 500 equities are staying in bear market territory.
For the year, the S&P and the Dow have tumbled by nearly 12%, while the Nasdaq has gone down by 10%.
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!
WTI oil prices jumped up after Donald Trump’s 2 tweets
Today the US nonfarm payroll data will be reported that could cause fluctuations of the market.
WTI was at $20 per barrel just in the beginning of the day. Currently - above 25$.