U.S. stock futures declined Monday in sympathy with Asian and European bourses as a fresh round of COVID-19 shutdowns in China rattled investors.
On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 199 points, or 0.59%, to 33746, the S&P 500
increased 19 points, or 0.48%, to 3965, and the Nasdaq Composite
gained 1 points, or 0.01%, to 11146.
What’s driving markets
The holiday-shortened week started with investors in “risk-off” mode as fresh COVID-19 lockdowns in China revived concerns about the global economy.
Wall Street will be closed on Thursday for the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday and trading is likely to be very thin for Black Friday, when the festive shopping season kicks off in earnest.
and European stocks
tracked U.S. equity futures lower after the Chinese government introduced further restictions within the world’s second biggest economy in the wake of more COVID-19 outbreaks.
Worries about waning demand from the globe’s dominant manufacturer pushed down prices of industrial metals like copper
and forced U.S. crude oil
0.5% lower to $79.71 a barrel, close to its lowest since the end of September.
“Financial markets have caught a cold amid worries that mounting COVID cases in China and a fresh tightening of restrictions will send a fresh shiver through manufacturing output and push down demand for raw materials,” said Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
Evidence of risk aversion and a scramble for perceived havens could be seen in forex and bonds, where the dollar index
reversed its recent slide to gain 0.8% to 107.76 and the 10-year Treasury yield
which moves in the opposite direction to prices, dipped 1.7 basis points to 3.811%
“The bears are on the prowl today as investors have little choice but to adjust for downside risk,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.
Helping support Treasuries, and possibly ameliorating declines in stocks, were comments from Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, who on Saturday said he was minded to slow the pace of interest rate…