Left Menu
Development News Edition

GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stocks gain on hopes pandemic is reaching peak

Reuters | Updated: 09-04-2020 15:02 IST | Created: 09-04-2020 13:48 IST
GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stocks gain on hopes pandemic is reaching peak
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Global shares rose on Thursday on hopes the COVID-19 pandemic was nearing a peak and that governments would roll out more stimulus to support their economies, while expectations of a deal to cut oil production bolstered crude prices. European stock markets gained for a fourth straight day, with investor attention also focused on a meeting of European Union finance ministers to discuss an economic rescue package.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 1.7%, with battered travel and leisure stocks, autos, and mining companies leading early gains. MSCI's All-Country World Index, which tracks shares across 49 countries, was up 0.5% to its highest since March 12.

U.S. stock futures were up 1% after bouncing in and out of positive territory in Asia. In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 1.56%, following a strong Wall Street close.

Shares in China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged late last year, rose 0.42%. Australian shares were up 2.54%. "Sentiment remains volatile, but investors appear to be looking through the growing headline numbers of COVID-19 cases and focusing on signs that the spread of the pandemic is being brought under control, which in turn is underpinning hopes for a relatively swift relaxation of containment measures," said Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management.

Oil prices extended gains on hopes major producers would agree to cut output when they met later in the day in response to a collapse in global oil demand. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state's efforts at social distancing were working in getting the virus under control in one of the biggest hot spots in the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would like to reopen the U.S. economy with a "big bang" but that the death toll from the coronavirus first needs to be heading down. The S&P 500 gained 3.41% on Wednesday, helped by hopes the pandemic was nearing its peak.

The Trump administration has asked lawmakers for an additional $250 billion in aid for small U.S. businesses. However, congressional efforts were stalling as Democrats held out for similar amounts of aid for hospitals and local governments. While Trump's optimism helped stoke Wall Street's rally, recent U.S. data and forecasts are only now beginning to reflect the economic damage.

McDonald's Corp said global comparable sales tumbled 22.2% in March, while Starbucks Corp forecast a 47% drop in second-quarter earnings. Japan's Nikkei stock index bucked the regional trend and fell 0.46% as coronavirus infections in the country rose. Markets were also jittery following the government's declaration of a state of emergency for Tokyo and other urban areas.

The coronavirus has spread rapidly across the globe, infecting more than 1.4 million people and causing more than 87,500 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Wuhan, the Chinese city where the new virus emerged late last year, ended its more-than two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but many governments around the world remain nervous about the pace of infections and deaths.

The euro gained against the dollar and the pound on hopes euro zone finance ministers would agree on more support for their coronavirus-hit economies. The pandemic is still infecting and killing large numbers of people across Europe and there is no sign the peak of the region's outbreak has been reached, the EU's disease monitoring agency said.

Sterling held onto gains versus the dollar. Helping confidence was news British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition was improving. Johnson, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 late in March, was taken to intensive care two days ago after his condition deteriorated. Against a basket of its peers, the dollar fell 0.1%.

U.S. crude rose 5.3% to $26.42 a barrel. Brent crude rose 3% to $33.83 per barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia - a group known as OPEC+ - are set to convene a video conference meeting on Thursday.

Hopes of an agreement to cut 10 million to 15 million barrels per day rose after media reports suggested Russia was ready to reduce its output by 1.6 million bpd.



Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...


Latest News

Motor racing-Mercedes keeping options open on Vettel, says Wolff

Formula One champions Mercedes will not rule out Sebastian Vettels chances of driving for them next year because they may need a replacement for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas, team principal Toto Wolff said on Wednesday.Vettel, a four t...

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. MLS players ratify labour deal, finalise plan to resume seasonThe MLS Players Association has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement in a vote that also finalized a plan to resum...

Soccer-Maradona extends contract as coach of Gimnasia

Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract, the club said on Wednesday. Although it gave no details, the club whose fans are known as Triperos,...

Union minister urges BJP leaders in Rajasthan to speed up virtual rallies

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday urged party leaders in Rajasthan to strengthen their teams to spread awareness on Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan through virtual rallies. In a video conference from New Delhi, the Jal Shakti ...

Give Feedback