US Stocks Overcome Fed Interest Rate Jitters
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Wed 23rd June 2021 | 07:30 PM
US stocks pushed higher as trading got underway on Wednesday as interest rate hike fears faded, while eurozone shares slumped despite data showing the economy is booming
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2021 ) :US stocks pushed higher as trading got underway on Wednesday as interest rate hike fears faded, while eurozone shares slumped despite data showing the economy is booming.
The Dow rose 0.1 percent following the opening bell, adding to gains racked up on Tuesday after Fed chief Jerome Powell sought to ease concerns over the timing of higher interest rates in testimony before lawmakers.
Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare noted that Wall Street has pretty much recovered from the losses it suffered last week, when fears that the Fed would hike rates and wind down stimulus support to ward off inflation saw the market turn in its worst weekly performance since last October.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index struck a record high on Tuesday and the S&P 500 is close to its record.
- Eurozone boom and bust - Back in Europe, a key survey showed eurozone business activity jumped at its fastest rate in 15 years this month, as a reopened economy unleashed pent-up demand in the single-currency area.
IHS Markit's PMI index -- which shows the earliest trends in manufacturing and service sectors -- said eurozone activity leapt from 57.1 in May to a booming 59.2 in June, far above the 50-point level that indicates growth.
The data set the scene for major growth, closing the chapter on a double-dip recession that came with the second wave lockdowns of last autumn and winter.
3 percent in afternoon trade, and the CAC 40 in Paris shedding 0.3 percent.
London's FTSE 100 index was 0.5 percent higher.
- Oil bounces - Oil prices extended gains to sit around multi-year highs on increasing optimism over demand as the world economy reopens and governments talk about easing quarantine measures, allowing easier overseas travel.
- Key figures at 1330 GMT - London - FTSE 100: UP 0.5 percent at 7,127.07 points Frankfurt - DAX 30: DOWN 0.3 percent at 15,586.10 Paris - CAC 40: DOWN 0.3 percent at 6,593.90 EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.4 percent at 4,107.74 New York - Dow: UP 0.1 percent at 33,979.52 Tokyo - Nikkei 225: FLAT at 28,874.89 (close) Hong Kong - Hang Seng Index: UP 1.8 percent at 28,817.07 (close) Shanghai - Composite: UP 0.3 percent at 3,566.22 (close) Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1954 from $1.1940 at 2100 GMT Pound/dollar: UP at $1.3988 from $1.3949 Euro/pound: DOWN at 85.47 pence from 85.60 pence Dollar/yen: UP at 110.88 Yen from 110.65 yenBrent North Sea crude: UP 1.3 percent at $75.77 per barrelWest Texas Intermediate: UP 1.4 percent at $73.87 per barrel