World Shares Mixed on Tuesday 08/04 05:57
Shares were mixed in early European trading on Tuesday after a strong day of
gains in Asia, while U.S. futures edged lower.
(AP) -- Shares were mixed in early European trading on Tuesday after a
strong day of gains in Asia, while U.S. futures edged lower.
Benchmarks slipped in London and Frankfurt on Tuesday but rose in Paris,
Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Investors appeared to be shrugging off surging coronavirus caseloads in
dozens of countries after the S&P 500 started off August by closing within 3%
of the record high it set in February.
According to the World Health Organization's tally, there were nearly 18
million confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, up from 10.2 million at the
beginning of July, as outbreaks expanded or revived in many regions.
Such tallies are thought to vastly understate the number of actual cases due
to limits of testing and other issues.
Germany's DAX lost 0.6% to 12,572.29 while in London, the FTSE 100 edged
0.3% lower to 6,017.13. The CAC 40 in Paris was 0.1% higher at 4,879.84. The
future contract for the S&P 500 fell 0.3% while the future for the Dow lost
The continued spread of the coronavirus is raising worries that the economy
could backslide again, snuffing out recent budding improvements.
But overnight, the S&P 500 added another 0.7% onto its four-month winning
streak, closing within 3% of the record high it set in February, at 3,294.61.
Microsoft and Apple alone accounted for most of the S&P 500's gain: Through
the pandemic Big Tech has remained almost immune to such concerns on
expectations that it can continue to grow.
Apart from the "wall of money" buttressing markets thanks to massive
monetary stimulus and government spending, it seems that "investors are already
inoculated from the virus while camping under the tech umbrella," Stephen Innes
of AxiCorp. said in a commentary.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.7% to 22,573.66 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong
added 2% to 24,946.63. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 jumped 1.9% to 6,037.60 and the
Kospi in Seoul picked up 1.3% to 2,279.97. The Shanghai Composite index edged
0.1% higher to 3,371.69.
With the total U.S. caseload rising by less than 50,000 for two straight
days, investors are betting that U.S. outbreaks might be moderating, said
Jeffrey Halley of Oanda.
"Hopes rose that the U.S. might avoid a deeper recession, which was all
financial markets needed to send equity markets higher, and for the U.S. dollar
to continue recovering some of its recent losses," Halley said in a commentary.
Microsoft was down 1.5% in pre-market trading after jumping 5.6% on Monday
after it confirmed that it's in talks to buy the U.S. arm of TikTok, a popular
Chinese-owned video app that has drawn the White House's scrutiny. Microsoft
said its CEO, Satya Nadella, has discussed the issue with President Donald
Trump, and the tech giant expects the talks with TikTok to end no later than
Sept. 15, either with a deal or without.
Apple's shares also were 1.5% lower ahead of the market open. The company
added 2.5% Monday to its 10.5% rise on Friday following a blowout profit report.
Corporate profits have exceeded analysts' expectations across the markets.
Roughly two-thirds of the way into earnings season, 84% of S&P 500 companies
have reported stronger results than expected, according to FactSet.
In other trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury was steady at 0.55%.
Benchmark U.S. crude lost 48 cents to $40.53 per barrel in electronic
trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 1.8% to settle at $41.01
per barrel on Monday. Brent crude, the international standard, slipped 50 cents
to $43.65. It climbed 1.4% to $44.15 per barrel on Monday.
The U.S. dollar bought 105.92 Japanese yen, down from 105.96 yen late
Monday. The euro rose to $1.1788 from $1.1765.