By - Jamel Lahiani
Last week was drastic for Wall Street; in fact, Dow Jones declined by – 10.83 %. Despite the surged furious rally on Friday after US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the major averages still suffered sharp losses for the week.
The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the Democratic Party leading the US House of Representatives said that she will pass a coronavirus economic aid package on Friday. We are waiting if Trump and his fellow Republicans would support it.
The Chinese shares, the Yuan and government bond futures were subject to a strong decline last week amid a global market meltdown triggered by intensifying fears over the global spread of the coronavirus. While the European stocks finish last week by recovering by only a small gain over the course of the day as an initial rebound ran out of steam but worries about further economic turmoil of the coronavirus outbreak are on the rise.
Last week, started with a shocking crash in oil prices market by a decline of the WTI crude oil by -20.86%, followed by increasing signs of disruptions caused by the virus, saw selling pressure break through even the stimulus measures by several major banks. The collapse in prices on Monday was explained by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Travel, leisure stocks, and cinema operators were also under immense pressure from the outbreak, due to fears by clients and new rules imposed by the government for the limitation of gathering peoples. Especially, the airline stocks that have been particularly hit by the virus curbing movement, with US travel restrictions on Europe adding further pressure. While some airlines were seeking government aid to stay in the air.
The last week, Gold and silver recognized an important correction after huge upside movement a week before and recording respectively -8.64% and -15.16%; amid a wave of the global risk-aversion trade and strong market volatility fueled by fears about the economic impact of the deadly coronavirus to the global economic growth.
Bitcoin price recognized also huge falls and depreciate by -33.48 % faces to the US dollar; the price fluctuating around 5343.64 US dollars. In African currency markets, The Nigerian NAIRA recognized a small depreciation face to the US dollar and closed the week at 364.00 US dollars. While, the South Africa ZAR depreciated face to the US dollar by 3.56 % and closed last week at 16.23140 US dollars.
The last week main markets prices and variations
Market in Focus: 16 March – 20 March 2020
We have a list of high impact events this week. The publication of the events can leads to a strong movement or a trend for the related currencies. The discussion of the events impacts will be done within the daily FOREX report.
The publications that have a very significant theoretic impact are:
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