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US stocks resume slide while European equities gain

Agence France-Presse
US stocks resume slide while European equities gain

Pigeons on a light pole in Times Square near the Nasdaq Stock Market August 24, 2015 in New York. US stocks opened down more than five percent Monday before recovering somewhat as a global rout worsened following another big pullback in Chinese stocks. Shortly after the open, the Dow was off more than six percent and the Nasdaq more than eight percent in panic selling that approached levels that could trigger exchanges to employ circuit-breakers to halt trading. US stocks soon rallied from those depths, but remained headed for a fifth straight day of losses as leading bourses in Europe dropped more than four percent. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo by DON EMMERT / AFP)


The Nasdaq is the hardest-hit index on Wednesday, September 23, losing 3%

Wall Street stocks resumed their sell-off on Wednesday, September 23, while European equities advanced despite worries over increased coronavirus cases in the region that are sparking fresh restrictions.

United States stocks lost ground after they were unable to stage a second day of gains following the advance on Tuesday, September 22, which snapped 3 days in the red.

“The mega caps started weak and there was just no buying support,” said analyst Patrick O’Hare.

O’Hare said fresh restrictions in Europe in response to higher coronavirus cases raised worries about a similar dynamic in the United States.

Investors are also disappointed that Washington lawmakers haven’t reached an agreement on more stimulus and uneasy over speculation that the US presidential election could drag on due to slow vote counts or legal challenges, he said.

The Business Roundtable on Wednesday joined a chorus of groups and lawmakers calling for more stimulus spending, saying the failure to act risks “long-term damage” to the US economy.

Among the major indices, the Nasdaq was the hardest-hit, losing 3%.

As European markets closed, London’s benchmark FTSE 100 shares index was 1.2% higher, well off its intraday high.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 gained 0.4% while the Paris CAC 40 added 0.6%.

Business activity in the eurozone and Britain stagnated in September as a summer recovery faltered owing to rising cases of the coronavirus, IHS Markit said.

For the euro-currency bloc, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 50.1 points from 51.9 points in August, barely above the 50-point level that indicates growth.

The UK level dropped to 55.7 from 59.1.

“PMIs underline the fragility of the recovery,” said Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at

Markets are jittery over an uptick in coronavirus cases that prompted Marseille, France’s second biggest city, to close bars and restaurants.

With more than 13,000 new cases reported and almost 800 hospital admissions on Wednesday alone, French Health Minister Olivier Veran ordered bars and restaurants closed in the Mediterranean port city, now the only part of mainland France at “maximum alert.”

One level down on a new sliding scale of infection control measures, at “elevated alert,” 8 major cities including Paris will see new restrictions, including limitations on public gatherings to 10 people and earlier closing hours for bars.

The numbers are “continuing to worsen” but there is “still time to act,” Veran said.

Key figures around 9:15 pm GMT
  • New York – Dow Jones: DOWN 1.9% at 26,763.13 (close)
  • New York – S&P 500: DOWN 2.4% at 3,236.92 (close)
  • New York – Nasdaq: DOWN 3% at 10,632.99 (close)
  • London – FTSE 100: UP 1.2% at 5,899.26 points (close)
  • Frankfurt – DAX 30: UP 0.4% at 12,775.95 (close)  
  • Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.6% at 4,802.26 (close)
  • EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.5% at 3,180.11 (close)
  • Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.1% at 23,346.49 (close)
  • Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.1% at 23,742.51 (close)
  • Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.2% at 3,279.71 (close)
  • Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1660 from $1.1708 at 9 pm GMT 
  • Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2722 from $1.2733 
  • Euro/pound: DOWN at 91.62 pence from 91.95 pence
  • Dollar/yen: UP at 105.39 yen from 104.93 yen 
  • West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.3% at $39.93 per barrel
  • Brent North Sea crude: UP 0.1% at $41.77 per barrel


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