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Wall Street Declines as Peace Talks Faded, European Stocks Lower Amid Inflation, Interest Rates, War


London, Wednesday, 30 March 2022




US Markets Summary


In the final hour of trading, US shares continued to fall as investors reassessed the prospect for inflation and tightening monetary policy as optimism about progress toward the end of the war in Ukraine faded.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 65 points, the S&P 500 fell 0.6 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.2 percent.


The labour market remains tight, with latest data showing that job postings in February stayed near record highs, while private-sector hiring remained strong.


The strong employment market data came on the heels of rising inflation, which is already at 40-year highs, prompting betting on a 50-basis-point rate hike in May.


Following dismal quarterly reporting, several retail stocks, including Five Below and Chewy, were under pressure. Rising oil prices, on the other hand, pushed energy equities higher.



European Markets Summary


The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended Wednesday's session lower, snapping a three-day surge, while the benchmark DAX 30 index fell over 2% as market sentiment remained clouded by the Ukraine conflict, rising inflation, and predictions of higher interest rates.


The Euro Area's economic mood index has dropped to levels not seen since March of last year, while Germany's inflation rate is predicted to rise to 7.3 percent in March 2022, the highest since 1981 and well above market expectations.


Meanwhile, ECB President Christine Lagarde has stated that the central bank may halt its bond-buying stimulus programme in the third quarter as inflationary pressures from the Ukraine conflict worsen.


S4 Capital's stock dropped about 35% when the company postponed the announcement of its preliminary results owing to an auditing delay.


U.S. Stock Market Indexes as at 4:10 p.m. ET

  • S&P 500: -29.15 (-0.63%) to 4,602.45

  • Nasdaq: -177.36 (-1.21%) to 14,442.27

  • Dow Jones: -65.38 (-0.19%) to 35,228.81


European Stock Market Indexes

  • STOXX Europe 600: -1.9 points, or 0.41%, to close at 460.19

  • FTSE 100 in London: +41.5 points or 0.55%, to close at 7,578

  • DAX 30 in Germany: -1.45%, or 214.28 points, to close at 14,606

  • CAC 40 in France: -0.74%, or by 50.57 points, to close at 6,741

  • FTSE MIB 30 in Italy: -7.73 points, or 0.03%, to close at 25,300

  • IBEX 35 in Spain: -64 points, or 0.74%, to close at 8,550


Other markets

  • Ten-year U.S. Treasury note: -4.2 bps to yield 2.3580%

  • Dollar index: -0.59 or -0.60% at 97.81

  • VIX volatility index: +0.43 (2.28%) at 19.33


Oil prices

  • Brent crude: -0.56 or -0.50% at $ 110.87 per barrel as on Mar 30, 2022 at 9:26 p.m. BST

  • West Texas Intermediate: +3.11 or + 2.98% at $ 107.35 per barrel as on Mar 30, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. EDT


Precious metals

  • Gold: +16.93 or +0.88% at $ 1,933.6 an ounce as on Mar, 30, 2022 at 16:38 NY Time

  • Silver: +0.11 or +0.46% at $ 24.86 an ounce as on Mar, 30, 2022 at 16:38 NY Time


Cryptocurrencies

  • Bitcoin: −365.20 (0.77%) at $ 47,088.90 as on 30 Mar, 20:40 UTC

  • Ethereum: −4.92 (0.14%) at $ 3,396.89 as on 30 Mar, 20:39 UTC

(Written and edited by: The Decision Maker)