World Stocks Lower After Wall St Highs 07/26 05:26
World shares were mostly lower on Monday after stocks rallied to records on
Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above the 35,000
level Friday for the first time.
BANGKOK (AP) -- World shares were mostly lower on Monday after stocks
rallied to records on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
closing above the 35,000 level Friday for the first time.
Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.4% to 6,998.08 and Germany's DAX declined 0.7% to
15,567.11. In Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.6% to 6,526.86. The future for the Dow
industrials slipped 0.6% while the contract for the S&P 500 shed 0.4% to
Investors are awaiting a meeting of the Federal Reserve this week for
indications of future policy as new outbreaks of coronavirus threaten the U.S.
and global recoveries from the
Fresh news of regulatory moves against Chinese IT and education industry
companies pulled shares lower in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In Japan, preliminary factory and service activity surveys showed a slowdown
linked to recent tightening of pandemic precautions due to surging coronavirus
The flash purchasing managers index for the services sector fell to 46.5 in
July from 48 in June, on a scale of 1-100 where 50 marks the break between
expansion and contraction.
Manufacturing remained in expansion, but fell to 50.5 from 50.7 in June,
said the au Jibun Bank survey. It said new export orders declined, possibly
reflecting supply bottlenecks. Output fell at the fastest pace in six months.
"Short-term disruption to activity is likely to continue until the latest
wave of COVID-19 infections passes and restrictions enacted under the state of
emergency laws are lifted," Usamah Bhatti, economist at IHS Markit, said in a
Nonetheless, Tokyo's Nikkei 225, tracking Wall Street's strong finish on
Friday, gained 1% to 27,833.29. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was unchanged at
7,394.30, while the Kospi in Seoul declined 0.9% to 3,224.95.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 4.1% to 26,192.32 after Chinese regulators said
they were further tightening restrictions on technology companies, requiring a
"rectification" of misleading pop-up windows and other practices by software
applications, or apps. The Shanghai Composite index dropped 2.3% to 3,467.44.
On Friday, the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finished with gains of better
than 1% for the week.
They each returned to records after brushing aside the sharp downturn that
trimmed 1.6% off the S&P 500 on July 19. The market has rebounded as big
companies reported better profits than expected and as investors once again saw
any dip in stocks as merely a chance to buy low.
The S&P 500 index climbed 1% to 4,411.79. The Dow rose 0.7% to 35,061.55 and
the Nasdaq composite gained 1% to 14,836.99.
Despite a rebound in new coronavirus cases, the U.S. economy has been
recovering at a torrid pace, with the question being how much growth will slow
in upcoming months and years.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury was steady at 1.26% on Monday. It has
dropped from a perch of roughly 1.75% in late March, reflecting alarm over
With roughly a quarter of all the profit reports in from S&P 500 companies,
nearly 90% have topped Wall Street's already high expectations for the spring.
Companies in the index are on pace to report roughly 74% growth for earnings
in the second quarter from a year earlier, according to FactSet. That would be
the strongest growth since the economy was exploding out of the Great Recession
at the end of 2009.
In other trading, U.S. benchmark crude oil lost 62cents to $71.45 per barrel
in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It picked up 16
cents to $72.07 on Friday.
Brent crude, the international pricing benchmark, declined 45 cents to
$73.65 per barrel.
The U.S. dollar weakened to 110.32 Japanese yen from 110.51 yen. The euro
rose to $1.1792 from $1.1776.