The global stock markets are very sensitive to the overall economic environment and to several macro-economic parameters. A rise in the geopolitical worries can also weigh over the sentiments of market players and can derail the growth prospects. In the present scenario, the trade tensions between the US and China is being considered as the primary factor which has the potential increase the economic uncertainties. If the worries about global economic slowdown increases, it could impact the sentiments of market players and prompt them to sell their equity holdings. This could lead to a decline in the global stock markets.
On the other hand, the permanent settlement of trade dispute between the US and China can reduce the fear of global slowdown and, thus, the stock markets can be benefitted. Therefore, to bring stability to the global stock markets, the settlement of trade battle is very important. Yesterday (i.e. May 20, 2019), Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,679.90 which reflects the fall of 84.1 points or 0.33%. Also, S&P 500 got closed at 2,840.23 which implies the decline of 19.3 points or 0.67% on an intraday basis.
Global Factors Might Affect Movement in Oil Prices
The oil prices are very sensitive to the overall health of the global economy and to the macro-economic variables. The trade tensions between the US and China can derail the growth prospects of the global economy which could affect the movement of oil prices. Also, the movement of stock markets is also critical when it comes to oil prices’ movements.
Australian Markets Ended in Green: S&P/ASX200 Rose 0.4%
The Australian markets might get negatively impacted if the trade battle between the US and China becomes worse and if the economic uncertainties rise. An increase in geopolitical worries can dampen the momentum of global stock markets and, as a result, the Australian markets might also witness a negative impact. Today (i.e. May 21, 2019), S&P/ASX200 got closed at 6,500.1 which reflects a rise of 24 points or 0.4% on intraday basis. We will now have a look at how the stocks have performed today. Lynas Corporation (ASX: LYC) and Adelaide Brighton Limited (ASX: ABC) got closed in green as prices of these stocks witnessed an increase of 14.43% and 5.067%, respectively on intraday basis.
On the other hand, Technology One Limited (ASX: TNE) and Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU) got ended in red as the prices of these stocks witnessed a fall of 13.481% and 8.5%, respectively on an intraday basis. Let us now have a look at some of the important news. Arena REIT (ASX: ARF) came forward and made an announcement about the fully underwritten $50 million institutional placement as well as non-underwritten security purchase plan. To read the entire news about this, please click here. Megaport Limited (ASX: MP1) made an announcement about the unloading of 3,300,000 shares held by the founder Bevan Slattery. To read the full news about this, please click here.
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