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?
Wall Street shows mixed performance
On Wednesday, American shares fluctuated between profits and losses because traders digested a mixed flow of reports, ahead of a crucial round of negotiations between China and America.
Vice Premier Liu He, China's key trade negotiator on Friday and Thursday in a last effort to come to a compromise, even as America told it would lift levies from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of China’s imports on Friday.
Responding to the potential extra levies, China's commerce ministry informed that it would require taking adequate retaliatory measures.
The escalation in tensions between the world's two leading economies renewed worries of a global economic deceleration and has made the benchmark S&P 500 drift away more than 2% from its record maximum of 2,954.13 recorded the previous week.
A 1% leap in stocks of Apple turned out to be a bright spot in the financial markets. As for Walt Disney, it’s expected to post its outcomes after the bell.
ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to rally by 0.08% being worth 25,985.16. As a matter of fact, the S&P 500 headed south by 0.02% hitting 2,883.57, while the Nasdaq Composite decreased by 0.01% coming up with a reading 7,962.87.
With outcomes entering the final stretch, first-quarter gains are currently seen heading north by up to 1.2%, a steep improvement from the 2.3% dived anticipated at the beginning of the season.
Of the 426 S&P companies, which have posted, nearly 75% have surpassed revenue forecasts.
Besides this, Electronic Arts Inc headed north by up to 1.2% right after the videogame maker reported better-than-anticipated quarterly gain, riding on the popularity of its battle royale game.
Advancing issues managed to outnumber divers by a 1.20-to-1 ratio on the NYSE as well as by a 1.11-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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The British pound has increased in value over the course of the past week in line with an ongoing improvement in investor sentiment.
Economic activity in service sector in the Euro zone and the UK is on its lowest rates since 2009.
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