Prospect of pandemic easing supports US stock markets

Frankfurt The prospect of loosening corona restrictions in some U.S. states supported prices on Wall Street on Friday. However, due to the overall gloomy economic forecasts, there was no real mood to buy.

The Dow Jones gained 1.1 percent to 23,775 points. The technology-heavy Nasdaq advanced 1.7 percent to 8635 points and the broad S&P 500 increased 1.4 percent to 2837 points. On a weekly basis, the Dow gained about 1.1 percent, the S&P 1.4 percent and the Nasdaq just under 1.7 percent.

Georgia is the first federal state to lift the lockdown, although President Donald Trump did not approve the timing. Governors from Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Montana, for example, also announced plans to allow business to resume quickly for some jobs.

“We have passed the peak and slowly but surely all countries in which there have been no major cases will gradually reopen,” said Thomas Hayes, managing member of the asset manager Great Hill Capital. “The market sees this as a signal that demand will come back.”

But the prospects for the global economy remain bleak. The US industry is experiencing a massive drop in orders as a result of the corona crisis. Orders for consumer goods such as airplanes and machines dropped by 14.4 percent in March. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected a drop of 11.9 percent.

In Europe, investors were disappointed by the EU’s contingency plans to combat the aftermath of the pandemic. The Dax lost 1.7 percent to 10,336 points, the EuroStoxx fell by around one and a half percent.

Prices went up and down on the oil market. After a loss of around five percent, a barrel (159 liters) cost $ 16.86, around two percent more than on Thursday. North Sea oil of the variety Brent was quoted at $ 21.60. The price for the main US brand WTI then stabilized around $ 17. Oil stocks like ExxonMobil and Chevron reacted with further moderate profits.

Analysts are not giving the all-clear after the historic price collapse at the start of the week. “The extracted oil simply has no place where it can be stored,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, who is responsible for the oil market at the Rystad Energy analysis company.

Because of the pandemic, oil demand has plummeted 30 percent. At the same time, the camps are filled to bursting, particularly in the USA.

The unprecedented drop in the price of oil at the beginning of the week is the subject of investigations by the US derivatives regulator (CFTC). “In such a situation, we are looking into all sorts of explanations,” CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz told Reuters on Friday. Because of the extreme price fluctuations, you will take a closer look this time. In the United States, such an investigation can take years.

Focus on individual values

One of the biggest losers in the US stock market was stocks of Boeing, which gave around 6.4 percent. According to a newspaper report, the aircraft manufacturer plans to cut the production of its Dreamliner model 787 in half.

In addition, the planned purchase of the commercial airline division of the Brazilian airline threatens Embraer to burst in view of the rapidly falling market value of both groups. There was a blockade on the $ 4.2 billion deal, and fate is uncertain unless a breakthrough is found quickly, people familiar with the talks said.

Papers from Intel tended to go down in the course, then close 0.4 percent up. The chipmaker had forecast earnings below expectations for the second quarter.

Given the general situation, it is not surprising that the group has also cashed in its annual forecast, the analysts from Cowen and Company judged. However, it is surprising that the structural drivers for growth in the first quarter apparently no longer exist in the second quarter.

The shares of Facebook at the same time increased by 2.7 percent, while the papers from zoom Video communications, which had risen to a record high of $ 181.50 at the start of trading, plummeted 6.1 percent. In view of the rapid growth of video chats in the corona crisis, Facebook does not want to leave this terrain to the rising zoom and counters with its own offer.

The fuss about the Ebola drug Remdesivir from Gilead Science, which is currently being tested in the treatment of lung disease Covid-19, did not go on too long that day. According to the manufacturer, the fact that the administration of the drug in China did not lead to a noticeable improvement in patients, as was reported on Thursday, is not meaningful

The study was terminated prematurely due to low participation and therefore has no statistical value, it said. Gilead’s stock, which had dropped a little more than 4 percent the day before, eventually recovered by 2.4 percent after further losses initially.

The share certificate from Beyond Meatwhich rose for the seventh day in a row. Cooperation with has been particularly strong since Tuesday, after the meat substitute manufacturer had announced Starbucks want to enter the Chinese market. Overall, the paper has risen by almost 40 percent since this announcement, nine percent of which this Friday alone.

After a weaker start, trend-setting ten-year government bonds on the US bond market finally rose by 3/32 points to 108 20/32 points and returned 0.590 percent. The euro was trading around the $ 1.08 mark in US trade and was priced at $ 1.0815 at the close on Wall Street. The European Central Bank set the reference price at $ 1.0800 (Thursday: 1.0772). The dollar thus cost 0.9259 (0.9283) euros.

More: Read here how the German stock market ended the week.

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