Market Buzz: Global stimulus concerns drag stocks down
Both key Russian indicators slipped below the psychological mark of 1,300 points, with the MICEX having slid 1.92 percent in early trade to 1267.17 and the RTS also sharply lower by 1.67 percent, trading at 1243.26.
On Tuesday the trading session ended lower for Russian shares. The MICEX dropped sharply losing 2.54 percent while the RTS also ended 2.9 percent lower.
The negative dynamics were mostly due to the downgrade movement on the raw materials markets and also escalating concerns over Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.
On Wednesday June 12 Russian floors were closed for a national holiday.
Most European stock markets ended Wednesday with losses amid growing concerns over global stimulus and with investors digesting the release of a batch of economic data.
London’s FTSE 100 index ended the day 0.64 percent lower at 6,299.45 points, the DAX 30 in Frankfurt slid 0.96 percent to close at 8,143.27 and Paris’ CAC 40 dropped 0.44 percent to 3,793.7, falling under the 3,800 mark for the first time since April 23.
Wednesday’s decline followed Tuesday’s lower close of the European stocks, on growing investors’ concerns that major central banks would start pulling out their stimulus efforts that have been helping the markets in 2013.
On Thursday June 13 the European Central Bank will publish its monthly bulletin. Italy will hold an auction of 10-year government bonds. Switzerland will release official data on producer price inflation, a leading indicator of consumer inflation.
In the US stocks also closed lower on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having closed down 0.8 percent, at 14,995.23. The S&P 500 dropped 0.8 percent, to 1,612.52. The tech-rich NASDAQ Composite fell 1.1 percent, to 3,400.43.
On Thursday the US will release official data on retail sales and consumer spending update. Canada is to release official data on new house price inflation.
Uncertainty over the Fed’s monetary policy also dragged Asian stocks down on Thursday. In Japan the Nikkei lost 6.4 percent as a strengthening yen hurt exporters. The Nikkei ended down more than 840 points at 12,445.38, its lowest level since early April.
Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite lost 3.3 percent after the markets reopened after long holidays, as investors reacted to the downbeat economic data released over the weekend, including the monthly trade and inflation figures.
In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index slipped 3.1 percent, and South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.9 percent.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.1 percent, having dropped more than 10 percent from the highs reached in May.
Oil is currently trading lower with Brent crude losing 0.4 percent to $103.1, and WTI 0.57 percent lower at $95.5.