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Wall Street had the worst session since October

Wall Street closed in red this Monday. Its main indicator, the Dow Jones, dropped by 2.09% or 725.81 points, to 33,962.04. It’s been the worst session the New York Stock Market has experienced since last October due to the strong reaction to the surge in new covid-19 cases.

The selective S&P 500 lost 1.59% or 68.67 points, to 4,258,49.

The Nasdaq composite index shed 1.06% or 152.25 points, to 14,274.98.

Wall Street’s three benchmarks continued the decreases accumulated last week. Stocks fall worsened by the decline in 10-year treasury bonds. They reached their lowest levels in the previous five months, decreasing to 1.17%. On the other hand, oil slipping more than 7% to 66.42 dollars a barrel has been one of the reasons for the negative session on Wall Street.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus advanced worldwide. Analysts fear that it will slow down the growth of the global economy.

Last week, an average of 30,000 new cases of coronavirus was registered in the US, compared to 11,000 new infections in June.

The Cboe Volatility Index climbed by 6 points to 24.8 with a significant fall on Wall Street, reaching its highest level since last May.

The energy sector had the most critical day

Airlines were the most vulnerable to the return to the restrictive measures of the pandemic. United Airlines, Delta Air and American Airlines sank more than 5%.

Other companies strongly related to global growth also suffered a bad session. Boeing slipped by 4.9%, General Motors shed 2.31%, and Caterpillar yielded 1.8%.

Mike Wilson, Morgan Stanley chief market strategy officer, stated that the market seems to take a more defensive stance.

The drop in oil prices dragged the energy sector, and it was the most affected on Wall Street, falling by 3.59%. ConocoPhillips lost more than 3%, Exxon Mobil declined by 3.4%, and Chevron yielded 2.70 %.

All sectors ended in red. The financial sector lost 2.80%, raw materials slumped by 2.18%, and the industrial sector shed 2.14%.

Among the thirty Dow Jones stocks, none of them managed to close the day with gains. Boeing was the most affected, slipping by 4.94%. American Express followed it with a decline of 4.24%. Meanwhile, Honeywell International dropped by 4.20%, and Dow Inc lost 3.70%.

Nikkei slumps due to virus worries

Japan’s Nikkei dropped to a six-month low on Tuesday, echoing the trajectory of Wall Street stocks amid growing fears of an increase in coronavirus globally.

Nikkei slumped by 0.96%, 264.58 points, to 27,388.16.

The Topix lost an equal 0.96% or 18.24 points to stand at 1,888.89. Both indices ended in the red for the fifth straight session.

The arrival of tens of thousands of foreign visitors to the Olympics continues to cause concern in the Japanese public. Coronavirus cases rise despite the current state of emergency in Tokyo, and new infections could lead to more infectious and deadly variants.

Soichi Arisawa of IwaiCosmo Securities stated that investors are increasingly worried about the slowdown in economic recovery.

On Thursday and Friday, Markets in Japan will be closed due to public holidays and the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.

The mining sector reaped the significant declines of the day, along with real estate and non-ferrous metals.

Inpex posted the biggest slip among Nikkei-listed companies, slipping by 4.53%. It was followed by advertising agency Dentsu, whose shares decreased by 4.2%.

The manufacturer of components for semiconductors accumulated the highest volume of operations of the day and rose by 3.43%.

Transactions followed it by the video game developer and distributor Nintendo, which fell 2.15%. The automotive manufacturer Toyota yielded 1.31%.

The Softbank Group sank by 1.56%, and the technology Sony lost 2.24%.

In the first section, 1,656 companies fell. Meanwhile, 441 shares advanced, and 95 closed unchanged. The trading volume amounted to 2.39 trillion yen.

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