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Global markets were mainly lower, cautious on Chinese economic slowdown - Monday Review, August 16

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
17 August 2021
European and Asian stocks lower, while Wall Street reached new records high

The US

Wall Street reached record highs as investors moved into defensive sectors, and stock recovered from losses earlier in the session, shaking off the economic data out of China. USA30 rose 0.31%, while USA500 gained 0.26%. TECH100 dropped 0.2%.

Crude oil traded 1.8% lower at $66.94 a barrel.

Gold fell 0.1% to $1,777.60 per ounce.

 

Asia and Australia

Stocks were down, with investors waiting for the Chinese data to hint at a slowdown in economic growth.

HongKong45 was down 0.49%.

Japan225 traded 1.41% lower, even though the country’s GDP grew a better-than-expected 0.3% quarter-on-quarter.

Down under, Australia200 lost 0.40%. The country’s central bank is due to release the minutes of its latest meeting on Tuesday.

 

Europe

Markets traded mainly lower, as weak Chinese economic data pointed to a COVID-induced slowdown while geopolitical turmoil prompted caution. Germany30 traded 0.4% lower, and France40 fell 0.6%. UK100 dropped 0.8%.

Brent oil lost 1.6% to $69.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD traded lower at 1.1787.

 

Sources: investing.com, reuters.com

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
Financial Writer

Miguel worked for major financial institutions such as Banco Santander, and Banco Central-Hispano. He is a published author of currency trading books.