COVID-19 reigned over the markets - Thursday Review, October 15

COVID-19 reigned over the markets - Thursday Review, October 15

The rising number of unemployment claims drove the markets lower

The US

The surprising number of unemployment claims took the markets by surprise, making them lose some steam. USA30 lost 0.07%, while USA500 declined 0.15%. TECH100 went down 0.47%.

Gold gained 0.29% to $1,912.85 per ounce.

Crude Oil fell 0.22% to $40.95 per barrel. Brent Oil lost 0.16% to $43.05.

The Dollar Index gained 0.48% to 93.812.

Asia and Australia

The Asian markets mostly closed in the red amid rising #tensions between the US and China. The unlikeliness of a new US stimulus package added fuel to the fire.

Japan225 lost 0.69%.

HongKong45 slipped 1.15%.

Australia200 went up 0.78%.

Europe

The benchmarks closed lower after London and Paris imposed new restrictions to curb the spike in #COVID-19 cases. Europe50 was close to a two-week low after it lost 2.1%. UK100 and France40 dropped 2% and 2.2%, respectively.

EUR/USD gained 0.48% to 93.812.

GBP/USD closed down 0.4% to $1.2950.

Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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