Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


While you were sleeping: Ukraine concern heightens

While you were sleeping: Ukraine concern heightens

March 4 (BusinessDesk) – Stocks on both sides of the Atlantic slumped amid increased concern about the growing crisis in Ukraine and the potential for war with Russia.

Russia’s ruble sank to a record low, while the country’s key stock index plunged 11 percent. Diplomatic efforts ramped up on Monday with UK Foreign Minister William Hague visiting Kiev, a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry is to arrive.

In afternoon trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.28 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index shed 0.99 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.23 percent.

Declines in shares of Visa, down 2.3 percent, and those of 3M, down 1.9 percent, led the Dow lower. All 30 members of the index were down.

Some analysts said the decline on Wall Street was partly due because of the recent rally—the S&P 500 had closed at a record high on Friday.

"If you need an excuse to sell, this is a good one," Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey told Reuters.

Some analysts predicted the crisis will not escalate, which will limit the impact on equity markets.

“Our base scenario is that we don’t see an outright escalation,” Peter Garnry, an equity strategist at Saxo Bank in Copenhagen, told Bloomberg News. “The grip on markets should be short lived.”

Others disagreed, expressing concern about a broad and long-term impact.

“The situation in the Ukraine will have a big impact on corporate earnings,” Robert Halver, head of capital-markets research at Baader Bank in Frankfurt, told Bloomberg. “I see no quick solution to the problem. The energy supply to western Europe is at risk at the moment.”

In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index ended the day with a 2.3 percent slide from the previous close. The UK’s FTSE 100 fell 1.5 percent, France’s CAC 40 retreated 2.7 percent, while Germany’s DAX sank 3.4 percent.

West Texas Intermediate crude soared to a five-month high, rising as much as 2.6 percent.

Bullion also gained as investors looked for a safe-haven investment. Gold futures for April delivery climbed 2.4 percent to US$1,353.80 an ounce.

The accelerating international tension certainly stole the focus from better-than-expected US economic data. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of national factory activity climbed to 53.2 in February, up from 51.3 in January.

Separately, consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in January, following a 0.1 percent increase in December, according to Commerce Department data.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Economic Update: RBNZ Says Rate Cut Seems Likely

The Reserve Bank will likely cut interest rates further as a persistently strong kiwi dollar makes it difficult for the bank to meet its inflation target, it said. The local currency fell. More>>

ALSO:

House Price Action Plan: RBNZ Signals National Lending Restrictions

The central bank wants to cap bank lending to property investors with a deposit of less than 40 percent at 5 percent and restore the 10 percent limit for owner-occupiers wanting to take out a mortgage with a deposit of less than 20 percent, according to a consultation paper released today. More>>

ALSO:

Sparks Fly: Gordon Campbell On China Steel Dumping Allegations

No doubt, officials on the China desk at MFAT have prided themselves on fashioning a niche position for New Zealand right in between the US and China – and leveraging off both of them! Well, as the Aussies would say, of MFAT: tell ‘em they’re dreaming. More>>

ALSO:

Loan Sharks: Finance Companies Found Guilty Of Breaching Fair Trading Act

Finance companies Budget Loans and Evolution Finance, run by former 1980s corporate high-flyer Allan Hawkins, have been found guilty of 106 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act for misleading 21 borrowers while enforcing loan contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Post Panama Papers: Govt To Adopt Shewan's Foreign Trust Recommendations

The government will adopt all of the recommendations from former PwC chairman John Shewan to increase disclosure and introduce a register for foreign trusts with new legislation to be introduced next month. More>>

ALSO:

The Price Of Cheese: Cheddar At Eight-Year Low

Food prices decreased 0.5 percent in the year to June 2016, influenced by lower grocery food prices (down 2.3 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. Compared with June 2015, cheese prices were down 9.5 percent, fresh milk was down 3.9 percent, and yoghurt was down 9.2 percent. More>>

ALSO:

Financial Advisers: New 'Customer-First' Obligations

Goldsmith plans to do away with the current adviser designations which he says have been "unsatisfactory" in that some advisers are obliged to disclose potential conflicts of interest and act in their customers' best interests, but others are not. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news