Monday 9th August 2021
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U.S. securities markets closed at record highs after the July jobs report totally surpassed expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.41%, while the S&P 500 closed 0.17% higher and the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.4%. The U.S. economy added 943,000 jobs in July as the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%. For June, job additions were revised higher to 938,000 while the unemployment rate remained at 5.9%. The strong job numbers unleashed selling in the U.S. Treasury market, with the yield on the 10-year note closing near 1.29%.
Big banks were in focus after the Federal Reserve announced new capital requirements based on how well each performed during the stress tests conducted earlier this year. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley had the highest capital ratios at 13.4% and 13.2%, respectively. Didi shares lost a total of 33% since its IPO so far. It is under pressure to appease Chinese regulators to give up control of its valuable data. The pant meat company, Beyond Meat Inc. reported a bigger-than-expected loss and said restaurants were taking a conservative approach to orders due to uncertainty over COVID-19.
Other overseas markets were somewhat volatile with European bourses up with France's CAC 40 rising 0.53%, Germany’s DAX 30 gaining 0.11% and Britain's FTSE 100 up 0.04%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 0.33% higher, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and China’s Shanghai Composite declined 0.1% and 0.24%, respectively.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil slide 81 cents to $68.28 a barrel and gold tumbled $45.10 to $1,760 an ounce.
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