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 edge up on American jobs relief
On Monday, Asian stock markets managed to surge because favorable American jobs data spurred risk appetites. At the same time the British pound declined right after two members of the UK government left their positions because of Brexit, thus making the future of Prime Minister Theresa May uncertain.
The British pound lost about a third of an American cent hitting $1.3290 following news that UK Brexit Secretary David Davis along with Brexit Minister Steven Baker had left their posts.
The loss showed up two days after a gathering at May's Chequers country residence reportedly made a cabinet deal on Brexit, thus pointing to the serious discords in her ruling Conservative Party as for the departure from the European bloc.
If the British authorities press ahead with this initiative notwithstanding the sudden resignation of “tough Brexit” statesmen and with the greenback losing momentum, the UK currency should be capable of making a run at $1.35 multi-day.
Market sentiment in other financial markets was generally upbeat after Friday's American payrolls report revealed mild wages as well as more folks hunting for work.
It’s apparent that the combination of soaring employment as well as soaring labor force participation hints at June’s healthy, although not tightening labor market conditions. It will enable the Federal Reserve to proceed with raising interest rates gradually.
The balanced report enabled Wall Street to conclude the previous week in the black, while Japan's Nikkei managed to ascend by1.4% on Monday.
Chinese equities were trying to soar on Monday. The Shangahi blue chip index gained by 1.9% having reached its lowest value for nearly 18 months the previous week.
On Sunday, China's securities watchdog told it’s on the verge of cutting restrictions on foreign investment in stock listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges with the aim of attracting more foreign capital and back the national economy.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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