US equities extended last week losses and fell to the lowest level since October 8, as investors are worried that Republicans and Democrats wouldn’t reach an agreement on the next stimulus package ahead of the deadline set for Tuesday. Wall Street started the session with much confidence but made a u-turn later in the session.
On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the deadline for agreeing on a stimulus deal that would be possible before the election was Tuesday. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin narrowed their differences in discussions yesterday, with the Democrat official expressing hopes that by the end of Tuesday it will become clear whether another stimulus package would be launched before the election scheduled for November 3. Still, investors are worried that the two sides would fail to reach an agreement.
The S&P 500 fell 1.63%, and Nasdaq tumbled 1.65%. Elsewhere, the Dow dropped by 1.44%.
Besides the stimulus pessimism, investors are concerned about the increasing number of COVID infections in the US.
All of the S&P’s 11 major sectors closed lower. Energy, which fell 2%, was the worst performer. The benchmark index was also dragged down by tech stocks like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, which fell over 2%.
In individual corporate news, ConocoPhillips agreed to acquire US shale oil producer Concho Resources for $9.7 billion. The share price of Conoco fell over 3% after the announcement. The energy sector consolidates further amid lower fuel prices and weakening demand caused by the pandemic.
IBM fell about 1% in after-hours trading following its quarterly report. The Q3 results were in line with analysts’ expectations, but the company failed to reinstate guidance.
Halliburton, the world’s second-largest oil field service provider, reported its fourth consecutive quarterly loss, though analysts anticipated even worse figures. Still, the share price fell over 0.60%.
Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $2 billion to settle the charges of the US Department of Justice, which accused the banking giant for its role in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal.
Most of the Asian markets are bouncing back following the Wall Street-induced bearishness amid stimulus talks and growing political uncertainty. Investors are worried that President Donald Trump would contest the election results in the case he loses.
At the time of writing, China’s Shanghai Composite is up 0.14% after opening lower, and the Shenzhen Component has added 0.58%.
China’s Ant Group, the fintech subsidiary of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, obtained the green-light from the Hong Kong stock exchange to list its shares there amid the $35 billion IPO, which would be the largest one in the world. Ant plans to list both in Hong Kong and on Shanghai’s STAR Market.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is now down 0.78%.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 is down 0.53%, and South Korea’s KOSPI has bounced back to gain 0.28% for the day.
In Australia, the ASX 200 closed 0.72% lower. The minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)’s October meeting hinted to further monetary easing measures soon.
European stocks will be under pressure on Tuesday amid a general bearishness.
By Strategy Desk