Asia And Europe Selling Off, U.S. Futures Struggling To Open Higher (Again)

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Chinese stocks just fell for the seventh straight day, which marks the longest losing streak in 18 months according to Bloomberg. Signs of a slowing Chinese economy could be to blame.

Japan dropped 2% while all major indices were in the red:

  • MSCI Asia Apex 50 -0.8%
  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 -2.0%
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng -0.6%
  • China’s CSI 300 -1.4%
  • Australia’s ASX 200 -1.5%

European stocks have been hammered too, following last night’s U.S. bludgeoning, and as Moody’s threatens to remove Spain’s AAA sovereign rating.

  • Britain’s FTSE 100 -1.1%
  • France’s CAC 40 -1.8%
  • Germany’s DAX -1.4%

The euro is nevertheless holding up, at $1.23. While the Spanish 10-year yield is rising, so far its response appears muted relative to Moody’s threat, at 4.57% as shown by the Bloomberg graphic below:

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U.S. futures are nevertheless once again trying for a positive open. Note this is what we saw yesterday pre-market, before U.S. indices dove on negative economic news. Let’s hope we don’t get another repeat today.

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