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Global stocks closed mixed after Wall Street rise

Highlights:

  • USA
    Wall Street closed in green. The Dow Jones increased by 1.62%, the S&P 500 expanded by 1.52%, and the  Nasdaq added 1.57%.
  • ASIA
    Nikkei gained 0.58%, breaking the five-day losing streak. The Kospi closed in red yielding 0.53%. Meanwhile, Hang Seng slipped by 0.13%.
  • EUROPE
    The Stoxx 600 index gained 1.4% after upbeat reports.

Wall Street rebounded and the Dow Jones gained 1.62%

Wall Street closed in green this Tuesday. The New York stock market reacted strongly to the rise in coronavirus cases. The Dow Jones increased by 1.62% or 549.95 points, to 34,511.99. 

The selective S&P 500 expanded by 1.52% or 64.57 points, to 4,323.06. The Nasdaq composite index added 1.57% or 223.89 points, to 14,498.88. 

The three benchmark Wall Street indicators recorded a significant rebound and recovered from the losses they posted in the week’s first session.

Among the aviation sector and cruise ships, which suffered a great blow on Monday, American Airlines expanded by 8.38%. Meanwhile, Delta Airlines added 5.45%, and Royal Caribbean raised by 7.52%.

The power sector also recovered. Exxon Mobil climbed by more than 1%, General Electric gained 5%, and Honeywell increased by 4%.

With the increases this Tuesday, the S&P 500 is only 2% from the record it reached last week.

 

The surge in Covid-19 dampen the nation’s economic outlook

The market reacted on Monday to the rise in coronavirus cases worldwide. Analysts feared that the advance of the delta variant would slow down the growth of the global economy.

Last week, an average of 30,000 new cases of coronavirus were registered in the US. In contrast, the country’s Centers for Disease Control recorded 11,000 new infections in June.

By sector, the industrial sector registered the highest increase adding 2.74%. It was followed by financial companies growing by 2.42%. Also, real estate hiked by 1.88%. Essential consumer goods were the only sector that ended in the red, losing a slight 0.08%.

Among the thirty Dow Jones stocks, the large majority ended up in the negative territory. Boeing led the increases with an advance of 4.91%. Honeywell surged by 4.08%, and American Express gained 3.72%. On the other hand, Merck posted the most considerable losses yielding 1.14%. Procter & Gamble followed it with a loss of 0.53%, and Verizon shed 0.47%. 

Nikkei leaves behind five days of losses

Japan’s Nikkei-225 Driven Down by Automotive Industry The Tokyo Stock Exchange settled with an advance, breaking the five-day losing streak. Nikkei gained 0.58% or 159.84 points, to 27,480.00. Meanwhile, the broader Topix index gained 15.52 points or 0.82%, up to 1,904.41. 

In the previous days, the Nikkei lost more than 1,300 points due to new concerns about the latest advance of coronavirus infections in Japan.

The airlines, ANA and JAL, were among the values ​​with the highest movement of the day. They advanced 1.1% and 1.3%, respectively.

There were also raises among large exporters. Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, each of them gained 1.1%. Meanwhile, the technology manufacturer Sharp lost 1.1%.

Transportation equipment and metal products were the sectors that accumulated the highest profits.

In the first section, 1,749 stocks advanced, and 352 fell. At the same time, 91 shares ended unchanged.

The trading volume amounted to 2.1 trillion yen.

Korea continued to fall by 0.52%

After closing with a loss of 1.63% or 53.52 points for three consecutive days, the Korea Composite Stock Index continued to fall. The Kospi shed 0.52% or 16.79 points and closed at 3215.91. The close has been the lowest of the day and also a seven-week closing low since May 31. 

The Central Anti-epidemic Countermeasures Headquarters reported that on July 21, the number of newly diagnosed cases reached 1,784 in South Korea. It is a record high. Total confirmed cases account for 182,265. The fourth wave of the pandemic has spread across the country recently, and the number of new cases in a single day in some areas outside the metropolitan area has even touched triple digits. There was one new death case, with a total number of deaths touching 2,060. 

The service stocks slipped by 2.09% and were in the centre of selling pressure, dominated by the housing economy. 

The video game giant Netmarble lost 1.05%. Meanwhile, the two major mobile phone instant messaging software Navar and Kakao shed 2.51% and 4.61%. They were among the weakest ten in the top 30 of the Korean stock market. 

As for the large stocks, Korea Shipbuilding advanced by 4.49%. Meanwhile, Offshore Engineering added 3.80%, and Samsung C&T gained 1.67%. They were the only three stocks in Ktop30, rising more than 1%. 

Samsung Electronics, which accounts for 20% of the market’s weight, dropped by 0.63%. Hynix slumped by 1.27% to close at 117,000.

Tech companies dragged the Hang Seng again

Stocks on Technology, Industrials Power NASDAQ, S&P HigherThe Hang Seng, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange benchmark index, closed today with losses due to the contraction of some of the main values ​​of the technology sector.

The Hang Seng slipped by 0.13%, or 34.67 points, to 27,224.58. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng China Enterprises plunged by 0.34%.

Among the sub-indices, real estate ended without change. Meanwhile, Finance advanced by 0.42%, and Services added 0.45%. At the same time, Commerce and Industry slumped by 0.53%. In the latter sector, pharmaceutical services company Wuxi Biologics experienced the most significant loss by yielding 4.49%. Xiaomi, with a decrease of 2.72%, was also among the most prominent losers of the session.

As for the digital companies, only Alibaba escaped closing in the red and added 0.1%. Meanwhile, Meituan fell by 1.82%, and Tencent shed 0.83%. 

Of course, all technology companies have not followed this trend. Some of them made the best results of the session. The lens manufacturer Sunny Optical surged by 6.37%.

HKEX registered the biggest advance among financial securities. The company hiked by 2.78%. On the other hand, the insurance company Ping An posted the most notable decrease yielding 0.7%. Longfor Group advanced the most by 1.68% in real estate, and CG Services showed the biggest decline by 2.02%.

As for the Chinese state titles, telephone operators had the better session. China Mobile added 1.24%. Oil company Petrochina slipped by 0.62%.

The session’s business volume amounted to 156,860 million Hong Kong dollars.

European stocks are on the rise supported by the travel industry

European stocks opened higher on Wednesday and further recovered from the sharp losses of Monday. Investors are watching the financial season and positive momentum from the US.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index gained 1.4%, extending Tuesday’s small gains. The travel and leisure sector strengthened by 4.2%, leading the profit. Meanwhile, all sectors and major stock markets are moving in positive territory. 

According to the Refinitiv IBES data, European companies listed on the STOXX 600 are forecast to post a 115.2% jump in second-quarter profit compared to the previous year. 

Upbeat reports supported investors to ignore worries about growth in Delta variants of coronavirus cases globally. Delta variant of 

Michael Hewson, an analyst at CMC Markets, stated that the shart advance in Covid-19 still poses a danger. It is mainly a threat for the countries where vaccination levels are below 50%. 

Europe and the US are in a more favourable condition in this regard.

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