Tue, 05 Dec 2023

U.S. stocks in major slide, in line with world trend

Lola Evans
22 Sep 2023, 06:14 GMT+10

NEW YORK, New York - U.S. stocks and bonds caught on to a global trend Thursday as sellers took charge across the globe. U.S. Treasury yields climbed to their highest level in fifteen years.

"We're seeing a bit of a clash between, I think, what expectations are and how things are actually going," Shelby McFaddin, investment analyst at Motley Fool Wealth Management told CNBC Thursday. "When you're an investor ... it doesn't seem ideal because it seems to indicate a prolonged higher interest rate environment."

Here are the closing quotes for the major indices:

S&P 500 (-1.64 percent) The Standard and Poor's 500 closed at 4,330.00, marking a decline of 72.20 points or 1.64 percent. The trading volume for the day stood at approximately 2.269 billion shares.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (-1.08 percent) The Dow Jones Industrial Average concluded the day at 34,070.42, shedding 370.46 points, equivalent to a 1.08 percent decline. The trading volume for the Dow was approximately 331.189 million shares.

NASDAQ Composite (-1.82 percent) The NASDAQ Composite index closed at 13,223.99, registering a substantial decline of 245.14 points, representing a 1.82 percent drop. The trading volume for the NASDAQ was approximately 4.41 billion shares.

The day's market performance was influenced by a variety of factors, including concerns about rising inflation, uncertainties surrounding the global economic recovery, and geopolitical tensions in various regions, particularly Ukraine. These factors combined to create a cautious sentiment among investors, leading to the widespread declines seen in major stock indices.

Market analysts will closely monitor economic data, corporate earnings reports, and geopolitical developments in the days ahead to gauge the direction of the markets and assess potential opportunities for recovery.

U.S. Dollar Barely Moves Thursday Despite Stocks, Bonds Sell-off

In the world of foreign exchange, Thursday witnessed fluctuations in currency exchange rates as the direction of interest rates continued to influence trading patterns. Surpisingly the dollar made only headway, except against the British pound and Swiss franc.

EUR/USD (Euro / US Dollar) The EUR/USD currency pair opened the day at 1.0661. Throughout the trading session, it recorded a minor increase of 0.01 percent, equivalent to 0.0001. In the end, however the pair settled at 1.0662.

USD/JPY (US Dollar / Japanese Yen) Meanwhile, the USD/JPY currency pair advanced 0.54 percent to 147.53.

USD/CAD (US Dollar / Canadian Dollar) In the context of USD/CAD, this currency pair dropped 0.15 percent to 1.3481.

USD/CHF (US Dollar / Swiss Franc) The Swiss franc dropped to 0.9040, a loss of of 0.61 percent.

AUD/USD (Australian Dollar / US Dollar) The Australian dollar experienced a decrease of 0.49 percent to 0.6415.

NZD/USD (New Zealand Dollar / US Dollar) The New Zealandd ollar slid 0.02 percent to 0.5929.

GBP/USD (British Pound / US Dollar) The GBP/USD currency pair fell to 1.2293, a decline of 0.40 percent after the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged. "There are increasing signs of some impact of tighter monetary policy on the labour market and on momentum in the real economy more generally," the British central bank said in a statement.

"The MPC will continue to monitor closely indications of persistent inflationary pressures and resilience in the economy as a whole, including the tightness of labour market conditions and the behaviour of wage growth and services price inflation."

Global Stock Markets Experience Losses on Thursday

In a day marked by widespread declines across global stock markets, investors found themselves grappling with unfavorable economic indicators and geopolitical uncertainties. On Thursday, the world witnessed a bearish trend as major indices registered substantial losses.


S&P/TSX Composite Index (-2.09 percent) In Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite index saw a notable decline, closing at 19,791.62. It dropped 423.07 points, marking a significant 2.09 percent decrease. The trading volume for the index was approximately 233.947 million shares.


FTSE 100 (-0.69%) The FTSE 100 index in the United Kingdom opened the day at 7,678.62, shedding 53.03 points or a percent of 0.69 from its previous closing value.


ESTX 50 PR.EUR (-1.48%) The ESTX 50 PR.EUR in the Eurozone experienced a decline of 63.39 points, equaling a 1.48 percent loss, with a closing value of 4,212.59.

Euronext 100 Index (-1.32%) The Euronext 100 Index also faced losses, dropping 17.84 points or 1.32 percent, closing at 1,335.02.

DAX PERFORMANCE-INDEX (-1.33%) Germany's DAX PERFORMANCE-INDEX started the trading session at 15,571.86, but by the end of the day, it had plummeted 209.73 points, representing a decline of 1.33 percent.

CAC 40 (-1.59%) Meanwhile, the CAC 40 in France did not fare any better, as it dropped 116.89 points, amounting to a 1.59 percent loss, settling at 7,213.90.

BEL 20 (-1.70%) Belgium's BEL 20 index ended the day down 62.98 points, marking a loss of 1.70 percent, with a closing value of 3,648.02.


MOEX Russia Index (-0.19%) Russia's MOEX Russia Index saw a relatively minor decline of 4.14 points, or 0.19 percent, closing at 2,222.51.


Nikkei 225 (-1.37%) In Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Japan saw a decline of 452.75 points or 1.37 percent, closing at 32,571.03.

HANG SENG INDEX (-1.29%) Hong Kong's HANG SENG INDEX experienced a drop of 230.19 points, representing a 1.29 percent decrease, with the index settling at 17,655.41.

SSE Composite Index (-0.77%) China's SSE Composite Index dipped 23.87 points, recording a percent drop of 0.77, with a closing value of 3,084.70.

Shenzhen Index (-0.90%) Similarly, the Shenzhen Index in China dropped 90.79 points, a 0.90 percent decrease, with the index closing at 9,981.67.

STI Index (-1.21%) Singapore's STI Index recorded a loss of 39.19 points, representing a 1.21 percent decrease, settling at 3,202.81.

S&P BSE SENSEX (-0.85%) In India, the S&P BSE SENSEX index declined by 570.60 points or 0.85 percent, closing at 66,230.24.

NIFTY 50 (-0.80%) In India, the NIFTY 50 index registered a decline of 159.05 points, amounting to a 0.80 percent loss, with a closing value of 19,742.35.IDX COMPOSITE (-0.29%) Indonesia's IDX COMPOSITE index experienced a minor loss of 20.22 points, equivalent to 0.29 percent, with a closing value of 6,991.47.

FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (-0.23%) Malaysia's FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI dropped 3.35 points, marking a 0.23 percent decline, with a closing value of 1,448.21.

KOSPI Composite Index (-1.75%) South Korea's KOSPI Composite Index experienced a significant decline of 44.77 points, representing a 1.75 percent loss, with a closing value of 2,514.97.

TSEC weighted index (-1.32%) Taiwan's TSEC weighted index dropped 218.08 points, marking a 1.32 percent decrease, with a closing value of 16,316.67.


S&P/ASX 200 (-1.37%) Down under, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index saw a significant decline of 98.10 points or 1.37 percent, finishing at 7,065.20.

ALL ORDINARIES (-1.29%) Australia's ALL ORDINARIES index dropped 95.30 points, or 1.29 percent, with a closing value of 7,266.60.

S&P/NZX 50 INDEX GROSS (-0.05%) New Zealand's S&P/NZX 50 INDEX GROSS saw a marginal decline of 6.08 points, equivalent to a 0.05 percent loss, settling at 11,318.74.


Top 40 USD Net TRI Index (-2.97%) South Africa's Top 40 USD Net TRI Index took the hardest hit among major markets, plunging 117.55 points, or 2.97 percent, settling at 3,837.42.


TA-125 (-0.02%) Israel's TA-125 index experienced a slight dip of 0.29 points, equaling a 0.02 percent loss, with a closing value of 1,882.60.

EGX 30 Price Return Index (+1.43%) In Egypt, the EGX 30 Price Return Index was a standout performer, gaining 283.40 points or 1.43 percent, with a trading volume of 160.294 million.

While investors navigated turbulent markets Thursday, a mix of economic data, geopolitical tensions, and corporate earnings reports contributed to the day's trading outcomes. Analysts and investors will be closely monitoring these factors in the coming days as they assess the market's trajectory and potential for a rebound.

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