Once again, COVID-19 takes over the markets.
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%.
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