Monday: Joe Biden was declared president-elect of the United States, beating the incumbent Donald Trump. After the news, the American benchmarks closed the session higher. USA30 went up 2.95%, and USA500 gained 1.15%.
Crude oil traded 8.5% higher at $40.29 per barrel.
Pfizer's data showed that the vaccine developed alongside BioNTech is 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. The percentage is high, given that experts were looking for a high of 75%.
McDonald's stock price went up 5% after the company posted quarterly earnings, which topped estimates. In Q3 2020,the company reported a revenue of $5.42 billion, with an EPS of $2.22.
Tuesday: Mr. Suga, the Japanese prime minister urged the cabinet to put together a new stimulus package to kick-start the economy. After the announcement, Japan225 went up 0.66%.
Beyond Meat stock price slipped 29% after the company posted Q3 2020 figures below the expectations. The revenue came in at $94.4 million, while the market was looking for $132.8 million. Its sales from restaurants and catering services dropped 11% in the quarter.
Microsoft released the "world's most powerful console" – Xbox Series X. Along with it was launched Series S. Their prices are set at $499.99 and $299.99, respectively. After the announcement, Microsoft stock price inched down 1.6%.
Adidas had a 3% fall in Q3 2020 sales, the figures coming in at €5.96 billion. The decrease was caused by the new wave of COVID-19, which forced it to close stores. After the report, the company's stock price plunged more than 5%.
Wednesday: After gaining 0.56%, Germany30 hit a one-month high, being moved by Pfizer's potential COVID-19 vaccine.
EUR/USD went up 0.1% at 1.1827.
Big day for Apple as it launched the first computers with in-house designed chips – M1. The moment represents a transition from the Intel chips. After the news hit the wire, the company's share price gained 0.2%.
Lyft's stock closed 6% higher after it posted Q3 2020 figures that came in higher than consensus. The market was expecting $486.6 million in revenues, but the actual numbers were $499.7 million. In the quarter, the number of active users reached 12.5 million.
Alibaba stock price went down 8% even though the company reported sales of $56.42 billion for Singles' Day, topping last year's record of $38 million.
Thursday: HongKong45 fell 0.43% even after one of the country's largest companies –Tencent posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings.
Deutsche Telekom's revenue increased 31.9% to €26.4 billion from the same quarter last year. The numbers came in ahead of the €25.8 billion forecasted. Following the report, the company's stock price inched 0.79% higher.
The pandemic's effects are starting to wear off from the UK's economy. In the quarter, the country's GDP expanded 15.5%. UK100 traded down 0.90% after the news.
The number of unemployment claims decreased for the fourth consecutive week, the figures coming in at 709,000. However, it didn't match the 730,000 expected.
Friday: One of the companies that went public this year, Palantir posted its first quarterly report. It had revenues of $289 million, which came ahead of the $279.3 million forecasted. Compared to the same quarter last year, the revenue increased by 52%. After the news hit the wire, Palantir's stock price gained 2.3%.
After its earnings report, Disney stock price went up 3.4%. In fiscal Q4 2020, the company had revenues of $14.71 billion, the figures coming in higher than the $14.34 billion forecasted. The losses per share were of $0.20, lower than the $0.68 estimated.
Cisco stock price closed 9% higher after it reported the financial figures for the fiscal Q1 2021. The company's revenue topped the $11.85 billion forecasted, coming in at $11.93 billion. The EPS was of $0.76.
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Sources: investing.com, reuters.com, forexfactory.com