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?
Asia-Pacific shares mainly dip
On Thursday, Asia-Pacific stocks generally dipped amid negative Wall Street indications after the key US bank had interest rates lifted and analyzed the faster surge rate this year. Additionally, the US-China trade tension impacted the mood too.
Market participants are also cautious ahead of the gathering devoted to the monetary policy of the ECB, as the EU’s key bank indicated that its gathering will be utilized to discuss the issue of ceasing the bond purchase program. Meanwhile, the gathering on the monetary policy of the BOJ ends on Friday.
Additionally, the Australian market dived, following the downbeat signals from Wall Street. By the way, mixed Australian jobs in May also had a minor impact on the market.
Among the key miners, Fortescue Metals and Rio Tinto both edged up 0.2%, while BHP Billiton managed to tack on 0.3% notwithstanding diving iron ore prices.
Gold miners are gaining momentum too in the face of soaring gold. Moreover, the market value of Evolution Mining gained by 2%, Newcrest Mining managed to acquire 1%.
As for the banking space, equities of ANZ Banking, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank as well as Westpac tumbled 0.7%-0.9%.
The Japanese market headed south after downbeat signals from Wall Street. Moreover, a stronger Japanese yen impacts equities of Japanese exporters.
Equities of Panasonic and Sony went down by over 1% each. Additionally, Mitsubishi Electric lost more than -1%, while Canon dipped by 0.3%.
Car makers Toyota and Honda cut their capitalization by respectively 0.2% and 0.6%.
As for the banking sector, the paper Mitsubishi UFJ Financial edged down by 0.4%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial declined by 1%.
Toshiba equities rallied by 0.6% after the giant reported a planned buy-out of shares for nearly Y700 billion, thus keeping its pledge to have the shareholder rewarded having sold the chips for about $18 billion.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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