Global Stock Markets Decline Amid Middle East Tensions

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Market Overview

Global stock markets are experiencing their third consecutive week of decline amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East conflict. Reports of explosions in Iran have heightened concerns, leading to losses across major world benchmark indices. Investors are turning to traditional safe-haven assets such as gold, silver, government bonds, and the US dollar. The Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc have also seen significant spikes as investors seek refuge. Crude oil prices surged over 3%, with Brent futures surpassing $90 per barrel following the early Friday attack.

Europe Market Recap

Major European indices are set to extend losses for the third consecutive week. The Euro Stoxx 600, DAX, and FTSE 100 are all showing declines over the past five-day trading period. The technology sector witnessed significant losses, with ASML’s shares tumbling after reporting earnings below market expectations. On the other hand, utilities and real estate stocks showed resilience due to potential rate cuts by the European Central Bank. Mining stocks in the FTSE 100 performed well driven by the rise in metal prices.

Wall Street Update

Wall Street Update

The three US benchmark indices are on track for a three-week losing streak following Fed Powell’s comments on interest rates and inflation. The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow Jones Industrial Index are all down over the past five trading days. The technology sector led the losses, with semiconductor stocks particularly affected. Tesla’s stocks plummeted after announcing a global headcount cut, contributing to the overall negative sentiment in the tech sector.

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