Markets React To Manufacturing Data, Syrian Airstrikes
US stock futures declined Tuesday morning behind varied data on manufacturing in Europe and China, reported the Wall Street Journal. Dow futures, S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures each fell by 0.3%. The markets dipped at Monday’s close as well, but stock futures are not always accurate indicators of indices’ opening moves.
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“What we're getting is a period of exhaustion for the U.S. markets,” Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, told the Wall Street Journal. He added, markets have “had a huge run and they're overdue for some sort of correction.”
Eurozone decline, Chinese advance
European markets fell amid a survey from data provider Markit indicating weak manufacturing output in September, according the Market Watch. In Germany – Europe’s largest economy – factory growth hit a factor of 50.3, a 15-month low. A number below 50 represents contraction in the sector.
Poor data in the manufacturing sector “have become one of the most conspicuous features of the fragility of a broad-based recovery,” Oliver Kolodseike, economist for Markit, told Market Watch. “It remains to be seen if Germany’s goods-producing sector is in the midst of a slowdown or whether recent poor data present just a temporary soft patch.”
In a different Markit report, manufacturing progression in the Eurozone fell to a 14-month to a reading of 50.5.
On the other hand, in China, early numbers from the HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index revealed improvement, according to the Wall Street Journal. Chinese stocks gained behind the data showing a 0.3 point rise from August to September.
Airstrikes likely to dampen market
The US Air Force, along with Arab allies, carried out its first airstrikes within Syria against ISIS Tuesday morning, reported Bloomberg. As a result, the investors are likely to err on side of caution as geopolitical risk grows.
“There is some nervousness in the market about the airstrikes,” John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York City, told Bloomberg. “The theater of war is right at the heart of Persian Gulf oil production.”
Traders will watch the situation unfold. Escalation could drive the markets down further. A quick resolution could spur gains, but it seems likely that the conflict will continue.
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