NEW YORK (dpa-AFX) – The US stock exchanges clearly contained their significant losses from early trading on Thursday. In view of economic and inflation fears, however, the price losses for the first half of the year were higher than they had been for decades – for the broader S&P 500
it was the weakest performance for the first six months since 1970. For the Nasdaq 100 technology selection index it was the worst performance since 2002.
At the end of trading, the leading index Dow Jones Industrial recorded
on Thursday a daily minus of 0.82 percent to 30,775.43 points. The S&P 500 pared its loss to 0.88 percent from 3,785.38 points, while the Nasdaq 100 ultimately fell 1.33 percent to 11,503.72 points. For the first half of the year, the three stock market barometers posted substantial discounts of 15, 21 and 30 percent.
The risk of further rising interest rates and a recession triggered by them continues to have a firm grip on the US stock markets. Market traders pointed out that on Wednesday US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his counterparts from the euro zone and Great Britain warned at a forum that inflation would last longer. This has fueled the debate “that continuing to raise interest rates to combat inflation will ultimately lead to a recession,” wrote market strategist Jim Reid of Deutsche Bank.
When prices rise, consumers try to curb spending. This is also confirmed by the less sharp rise in spending by US consumers in May than expected. In addition, according to revised data, spending in the previous month had risen more slowly than previously known.
The sluggish buying mood was felt on the stock exchange by the shares of the car manufacturer: Ford General Motors (GM)
and Stellantis lost between two and a half and five percent. As a comparatively expensive consumer product, cars are often the first to slip off private shopping lists. In addition, with rising capital market interest rates, purchase financing becomes more expensive – also for important corporate customers.
Shares in pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance
slumped by more than seven percent, making them the biggest losers on the Dow. Analyst Lisa Gill from the bank JPMorgan referred to a below-expected profitability in the third fiscal quarter.
Papers from the Corona beer brewer Constellation Brands
lost almost four and a half percent. A trader justified the losses with a cautious outlook for the second business quarter.
Biontech was among the winners of the day and Pfizer with surcharges of around five or almost three percent. The US government is ordering further corona vaccines from the two companies on a large scale for a planned booster campaign in the fall. According to Pfizer boss Albert Bourla, it is also about agents that are intended to protect against newer virus variants such as Omicron.
The Euro turned positive with the reduced losses on the US stock exchanges and last cost 1.0483 US dollars in New York trading. The European Central Bank had previously set the reference rate at $1.0387.
US government bonds, which are considered a particularly safe investment, benefited from investors’ continued risk aversion: while the futures contract for ten-year Treasuries (T-Note futures) rose by 0.59 percent to 118.20 points, the yield on ten-year paper fell to 2, 99 percent – and thus below the three percent mark for the first time in almost three weeks./gl/men
— By Gerold Löhle, dpa-AFX —
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