Key economic readings and Moderna’s vaccine had an impact on the global markets-Tuesday Review, November 17

Key economic readings and Moderna’s vaccine had an impact on the global markets-Tuesday Review, November 17

Once again, COVID-19 takes over the markets.

The US

The retail sales came in lower-than-expected, showing weakness in the US consumer, causing the benchmarks to close in the red. USA30 lost 0.56%, while USA500 was down 0.43%. TECH100 inched down 0.21%.

Crude oil slipped 0.3%, settling at $41.27 per barrel.

Gold added 0.1% to $1,888.90 per ounce.

Asia and Australia

The markets traded mixedly, being boosted by the news regarding Moderna's potential COVID-19 drug. On the other hand, tighter restrictions were announced to curb the infection.

Japan225 gained 0.42%, reaching a 29-year high.

HongKong45 lost 0.01%.

Down under, Australia200 added 0.33%.

Europe

The benchmarks drifted lower amid the rising COVID-19 infections even though many European countries have entered lockdowns. Germany30 went down 0.1%, while France40 closed 0.2% lower. UK100 dropped 0.3%.

Brent oil lost 0.1% and traded at $43.81 per barrel.

EUR/USD closed at 1.1870 after gaining 0.1%.

Sources: investing.com, reuters.com

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