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?
Asian equities ascend on diving Yuan
On Friday, Asian stocks concluded the trading session generally up, underpinned by a sag in the Chinese Yuan versus the evergreen buck, although trade uncertainty kept putting pressure on global markets.
The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP soared by 2.1%, the Hang Seng HIS gained 0.8% in Hong Kong.
On Friday, the Chinese Yuan managed to reach a one-year minimum versus the evergreen buck after the Chinese government decreased its official exchange rate down by about 0.9%, setting it on 6.7671 per dollar, which is the largest rebound for two years. As a matter of fact, the Chinese Yuan has headed south by 2.3% versus the evergreen buck in July.
A slumping Yuan makes Chinese products more affordable for foreign purchasers, although soaring protectionism around the world could restrict the ability of export-driven companies to derive its full benefits. Moreover, the weaker Yuan also makes it more difficult for China’s businesses to have dollar-denominated debt serviced.
The Yuan’s dive has provoked criticism from Donald Trump. US leader told that raising interest rates along with a stronger greenback makes the US economy less competitive.
Traders are anticipating an extra two rate lifts from the Federal Reserve in 2018.
A stronger greenback reflects investor optimism as for the state of the American economy and also what has been a firm revenue season.
The US-China trade clash has yet to make a powerful impact on the American economy. However, worries as for worsening tensions have suppressed investor sentiment.
US leader told that he was about to slap duties on up to $500 billion of Chinese products. Previously, Donald Trump repeated his threat to impose duties on EU vehicles. In return, the European Union promised to fight back.
The Nikkei NIK dipped by 0.3%. In Korea, Kospi ascended by 0.3%.
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!
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