Pandemic hits US stock exchanges: Fed warns of difficult months


US Federal Reserve Chairman Powell warns of challenging months for the US economy. Shares in the media group Fox are already feeling this. They fell significantly after verbal attacks by the elected President Trump. In contrast, the vaccine manufacturer Moderna was on the up.

The corona crisis has the US stock exchanges fully under control again. The high number of new infections undermined investor euphoria in the face of promising vaccine data on Thursday. The Dow Jones Index the defaults closed 1.1 percent lower to 29,080 points. The technology-heavy one Nasdaq was down 0.7 percent to 11,709 points. The broad one S&P 500 lost one percent to 3537 points.

In Europe, too, investors had withdrawn. "The focus has shifted from politics, elections, stimulus programs back to where it was before, namely on the virus and its economic impact," said fund manager Keith Buchanan of wealth manager Globalt Investments in Atlanta. Given the rapid expansion, policymakers have begun to consider further restrictions. The USA has a record for the second day in a row with 142,279 new corona infections. In addition, the number is above the threshold of 100,000 for the eighth day in a row. A total of around 10.4 million infections have been detected in the USA.

Safe havens were therefore in demand with investors: the return on the ten-year US paper fell to 0.901 from 0.989 percent. gold increased in price 0.7 percent at $ 1,877 a troy ounce (31 grams). Encouraging vaccine data and the prospect of moderate economic regulation by a US Congress possibly split between Democrats and Republicans had previously driven US indices by up to eleven percent in just under two weeks.

Powell: The next few months will be challenging

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell welcomed the positive news about vaccines, but at the same time urged caution. The next few months could be challenging for the US economy, he emphasized at a virtual central bank conference of the European Central Bank (ECB). Since the central bank is supposed to ensure full employment, the labor market is a particular focus for Powell.

Moderna Inc. 74.55

"The initial applications for unemployment benefits show a decreasing trend, but millions of jobs are missing and unemployment is too high," said economist Ralf Umlauf from Helaba. Overall posed Last week 709,000 Americans submitted such a request for state support and 48,000 fewer than a week earlier, according to the Department of Labor in Washington.

Travel data under pressure

Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean 57.95

Vaccine developer's stocks Moderna gained around 6.5 percent. The company now has enough data to comment on the effectiveness of its corona vaccine. The US disease expert Anthony Fauci expected positive results because the vaccine is almost identical to the agent from Biontech and Pfizer.

In contrast, the shares of airlines and cruise operators particularly affected by the pandemic continued to decline. Royal Caribbean Cruises lost 3.9 percent, Carnival more than four percent.

Shares of US media group Fox got under the wheels after verbal attacks by the elected President Donald Trump. The papers fell up 6.6 percent to $ 25.64. In a series of short messages on Twitter, Trump urged viewers to turn off Fox News. He and his advisors have indicated they believe Fox News treated Trump unfairly during the election. They referred to the proclamation of a victory for President-elect Joe Biden in the state of Arizona.

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