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US stocks tumble as Trump scraps stimulus talks

Agence France-Presse

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US stocks tumble as Trump scraps stimulus talks

People walk by the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan on October 2, 2020. Stocks and markets around the world have fallen in morning trading as investors digest the overnight news that President Donald Trump has Covid-19. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


The session on Tuesday, October 6, is particularly bad for large tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Airlines are another bruised sector.

Wall Street stocks tumbled into the red as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on stimulus talks, apparently ending the prospect for another big fiscal package until after the United States election.

Trump’s tweet on Tuesday afternoon, October 6, scotching the talks undid optimism that had developed in recent days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin resumed negotiations on a follow-up measure to the $2.2-trillion CARES Act passed to blunt the coronavirus downturn.

After a benign session in Europe, US stocks appeared headed for another up day as well following the rally on Monday, October 5. But Trump said on Twitter he’s directed staff to halt the talks after accusing Pelosi of negotiating in bad faith.

“We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country,” he wrote.

Trump’s announcement came just hours after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell called for more stimulus, saying “too little support would lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses.”

Stocks immediately shifted lower, with all 3 major indices losing around 1.5% at the close.

“The fact that in the past few days, most reports were positive regarding the stimulus talks added to today’s surprise,” said Gorilla Trades strategist Ken Berman. “While the president pledged to pass a ‘large’ bill following the elections, the lack of quick support could weigh heavily on the consumer economy.”

Losses were broad-based, with utilities the only one of 11 sectors to finish positive.

But the session was particularly bad for large tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Airlines were another bruised sector, as any new stimulus measure was expected to include money to keep employees at the carriers on payroll.

Among other markets, oil prices pushed higher ahead of a hurricane that threatened offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Key figures around 4 pm GMT
  • New York – Dow Jones: DOWN 1.3% at 27,772.76 (close)
  • New York – S&P 500: DOWN 1.4% at 3,360.97 (close)
  • New York – Nasdaq: DOWN 1.6% at 11,154.60 (close)
  • London – FTSE 100: UP 0.1% at 5,949.94 (close)
  • Frankfurt – DAX 30: UP 0.6% at 12,906.02 (close)
  • Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.5% at 4,895.46 (close)
  • EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.4% at 3,233.30 (close)
  • Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.5% at 23,433.73 (close)
  • Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.9% at 23,980.65 (close)
  • Shanghai – Composite: Closed for a holiday
  • Dollar/yen: DOWN at 105.60 yen from 105.75 yen at 9 pm GMT
  • Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2868 from $1.2979
  • Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1733 from $1.1783
  • Euro/pound: UP at 91.14 pence from 90.79 pence
  • West Texas Intermediate: UP 3.3% at $40.67 per barrel
  • Brent North Sea crude: UP 3.3% at $42.65 per barrel


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