Pandemic jitters return causing a broad negative market reaction - Tuesday Review, April 20

Pandemic jitters return causing a broad negative market reaction - Tuesday Review, April 20

Regional indexes fell from records as COVID-19 and tobacco companies were in focus

The US

Wall Street slumped as the rising number of COVID-19 infections overshadowed the hopes of a global economic recovery. USA30 fell 1.07%, and USA500 lost 0.94%. TECH100 slumped 1.3%.

Crude oil traded 1.2% higher at $64.20 per barrel.

Gold added 0.1% reaching $1,772.15 per ounce.

Asia and Australia

Japan225 fell 1.90% as the country’s health regulators reportedly requested additional data on the blood clots that have hampered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

HongKong45 edged down 0.14%.

Down under, Australia200 lost 0.34% after the Reserve Bank released its latest policy meeting minutes.

Europe

Stocks fell from record high as tobacco companies were in focus after the Biden administration announced that it is considering requiring companies to lower the nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold in the US. Germany30 was down 0.1%, while France40 lost 0.7%. UK100 traded 0.4% lower.

Brent oil rose 1.2% to $67.87 a barrel.

EUR/USD traded 0.3% at 1.2073.

Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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