Global stocks sink as US virus concerns offset Europe rebound hopes

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 730.05 points, or 2.84 per cent, to 25,015.55, the S&P 500 lost 74.71 points, or 2.42 per cent, to 3,009.05 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 259.78 points, or 2.59 per cent, to 9,757.22. — Reuters pic
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 730.05 points, or 2.84 per cent, to 25,015.55, the S&P 500 lost 74.71 points, or 2.42 per cent, to 3,009.05 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 259.78 points, or 2.59 per cent, to 9,757.22. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, June 27 ― Global equities sank and perceived safe-haven assets like US Treasuries and gold gained yesterday as investors weighed hopes that Europe will continue to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic's economic damage against concerns over a record surge in new Covid-19 infections in the United States.

The euro zone is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said, while urging authorities to prepare for a possible second wave.

There were at least 39,818 new coronavirus cases across the United States on Thursday, the largest one-day increase yet. The governor of Texas temporarily halted the state's reopening as infections and hospitalisations surged.

MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 1.46 per cent following broad declines in Europe and slight gains in Asia. The index is up approximately 40 per cent since its March lows.

“Even though we continue to see some pretty scary virus numbers coming out of the US, it's not really dented sentiment ― not to any sustained degree at least,” said Timothy Graf, head of macro strategy for EMEA at State Street Global Markets.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 730.05 points, or 2.84 per cent, to 25,015.55, the S&P 500 lost 74.71 points, or 2.42 per cent, to 3,009.05 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 259.78 points, or 2.59 per cent, to 9,757.22.

Concerns about the economic fallout from the surge in US coronavirus cases helped bolster perceived safe havens. The dollar index rose 0.07 per cent, while benchmark 10-year notes last rose 10/32 in price to yield 0.643 per cent, from 0.674 per cent late on Thursday.

Spot gold added 0.5 per cent to US$1,769.63 (RM7,592.04) an ounce. US gold futures gained 0.15 per cent to US$1,772.50 an ounce.

Credit Suisse changed its position on global equities to “neutral” from “overweight,” saying it was taking profits after the recent rally, but kept its overweight positions in credit markets.

“The upcoming earnings season, a recent uptick in coronavirus infection numbers and political developments in the USA create a challenging backdrop for financial markets going into the summer,” said Michael Strobaek, Credit Suisse's global chief investment officer.

Record high inventories and fears of declining demand pushed oil prices lower. US crude recently fell 1.6 per cent to US$38.10 per barrel and Brent was at US$40.65, down 0.97 per cent on the day. ― Reuters

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