The US equities closed down today due to weak consumer confidence data and the trade tariffs between the US and China. The US and China leaders are meeting this week in G20 meeting in Japan and the information from the Federal Reserve has been that the tariffs can increase the risk of slower growth globally if there is no more confidence in the markets.
Dow Jones closed down 0,67 % to 26 549 points, S&P 500 index down 0,95 % to 2917 points and Nasdaq down 1,51 % to 7884 points. In Europe the FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,08 % to 7422 points, while the equities on the continent were down. In Germany the DAX closed down 0,38 % to 12 228 points and in France the CAC 40 down 0,13 points to 5514 points.
The US consumer confidence and new home sales were both below markets expectations. On the other hand on the M&A side, the deal volumes and values have been record high, according to Bloomberg data. On Tuesday, AbbVie said it would buy Allergan company, the Botox maker, for 63 billion dollars.
The G20 meeting on Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan will give more information while the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will have their discussions then. According to Bloomberg, the US officials have signalled that the trade deal is unlikely to happen.
The US markets have been pricing a 50 basis points rate cut for the next Federal Reserve meeting in July, but according to St.Lous Fed President James Bullard such a rate cut would be too much. He commented the situation in a Bloomberg interview.
The central bankers have been discussing about the cryptocurrencies and Facebook´s new Libra coin in the central banks meeting in Switzerland today. The question of financial stability, consumer and regulatory standpoint are the major issues for the tech company and some believe Libra is not going to be a Bitcoin.
According to Reuters, the Facebook other issues related to privacy concerns and hate speeches have been the major topics and central bankers are requiring more information from Facebook in order to proceed with the new currency. The Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also commented the issue today with the same tone of voice.
In London, the discussions about the Brexit deal and the new Prime Minister have continued. Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be the next Prime Minister for the UK and the new leader will be announced on the 23rd of July. The deadline, October 31st will be soon, while the UK Parliament is starting their summer holidays on July 25 and the MPs will return on the September 3rd.
The euro was trading slightly up 0,01 % to 1,1368 dollars and the sterling up 0,06 % to 1,2696 dollars.
In Asia, the stocks were also down, the Shanghai All ended down 0,87 % to 2982 points, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down 1,15 % to 28185 points and the Nikkei-index in Japan down 0,43 % to 21 193 points.