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?
EU equities head north
On Tuesday, European equities rallied on early indications of a relief in trade rhetoric between the United States and China. Meanwhile, French supermarket Casino was underpinned by a grocery delivery deal with Amazon.
The STOXX 600 index inched up 1.3% with all sectors edging up, finding itself on track for its best day for seven weeks. Meanwhile, in Germany the DAX became a leader with its 1.6% surge.
European markets grasped their cue from a firm rebound on Wall Street as well as Asian equities after reports China and the United States were discussing solutions to avert a trade conflict.
It marked an abrupt bounce back from yesterday in a sign that volatility was getting back to equity markets.
Cars, tech, chemicals as well as basic resource sectors led revenues having suffered the most from worries of enhanced protectionism.
Casino equities rallied 4% right after its grocery chain Monoprix reported it would get down to selling its products to Parisian clients via Amazon's Prime Now service in 2018.
Notwithstanding Casino's equity price revenues, the retail sector index definitely lagged the market. Evidently, Amazon's expansion into the European Union has struck worries into those who invested money in some supermarket equities considered to be less adapted to a fresh retail environment.
A 6.5% dive in H&M equities also suppressed retail equities. The Swedish fashion company pointed out to extra markdowns in the second quarter. As the company informed, its revenues for Q1 went down an anticipated.
The losses brought H&M equities to their lowest value for 13 years.
Akzo Nobel equities managed to edge up 3.8% right after the paint maker had its specialty chemicals business sold to American private equity company Carlyle Group as well as Singapore's GIC for 10.1 billion euros and told the core of the proceeds would be given to shareholders.
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 $20 per barrel just in the beginning of the day. Currently - above 25$.