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Global stocks mostly rise as S&P, Nasdaq notch fresh records

Agence France-Presse
Global stocks mostly rise as S&P, Nasdaq notch fresh records

WALL STREET. A person rides a bike past the New York Stock Exchange at Wall Street in New York City on August 31, 2020.

Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notch all-time highs, while the Dow edges higher, joining European equity markets on Friday, November 27

Major United States stock indices drifted to fresh records on Friday, November 27, as markets continued to look past rising coronavirus cases toward a better 2021 economy with likely vaccines.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched all-time highs, while the Dow edged higher, joining European equity markets, which earlier won modest gains.

Many US traders had taken advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26, to give themselves a long weekend.

“We look set for a quiet end to the week,” said CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson.

“This end-of-week caution appears to be predicated on concern over the short-term economic outlook, as the extension of tighter restrictions on economic activity in France, Germany, and the UK creates further uncertainty over the potential for permanent economic scarring as we head into 2021.”

Asian markets maintained their upward momentum on Friday as investors took heart from the prospect of vaccines being rolled out in the coming weeks.

Hopes are high that, with at least 3 in the pipeline, life can begin to get back to normal next year and give the battered global economy a much-needed boost.

“The vaccine story is undoubtedly good news; however, there is some concern as to what the economic landscape will look like when we come out of the other side of winter,” cautioned Hewson.

Markets were also encouraged by easing US political uncertainty after Joe Biden’s election win and Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that while he thinks the vote was rigged, he will step aside if the Electoral College hands him defeat next month.

However, the rally has been kept in check by a frightening surge in virus infections across the US and Europe, with some other countries including Japan and South Korea now seeing spikes as well.

There is concern about a further acceleration in the US after millions ignored official advice and traveled to celebrate Thanksgiving, with infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci saying he expected to see “a surge superimposed upon a surge” after the holiday.

Key figures around 7:45 pm GMT
  • New York – Dow: UP 0.1% at 29,910.37 (close)
  • New York – S&P 500: UP 0.2% at 3,638.35 (close)
  • New York – Nasdaq: UP 0.9% at 12,205.85 (close)
  • London – FTSE 100: UP 0.1% at 6,367.58 (close)
  • Frankfurt – DAX 30: UP 0.4% at 13,335.68 (close)
  • Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.6% at 5,598.18 (close)
  • EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.5% at 3,527.79 (close)
  • Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.4% at 26,644.71 (close)
  • Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.3% at 26,894.68 (close)
  • Shanghai – Composite: UP 1.1% at 3,408.31 (close)
  • Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1959 from $1.1913 at 10 pm GMT
  • Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3304 from $1.3358
  • Dollar/yen: DOWN at 104.03 yen from 104.26 yen
  • Euro/pound: UP at 89.88 pence from 89.19 pence
  • West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.4% at $45.53 per barrel
  • Brent North Sea crude: UP 0.8% at $48.18 per barrel


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