Worldwide Stocks off on ‘Financial Cliff’


On Friday, the global shares went toward a 2nd successive weekly loss as the United States government financial problems and poor financial growth weighed on sentiments, while aggressions in the Middle East shoved up the prices of oil inspite of adequate stockpiles and a poor stance for demand.

The stocks of US regained briefly following the open on news that the officials of White House were in advanced discussions to substitute extensive spending cuts with the targeted reductions and tax hikes in a step to avert the supposed ‘fiscal cliff’ in 2013.

On Friday, President Barack Obama met the leading United States lawmakers, but the long session was not anticipated to yield too much in the way of solid results, though it could form a template for the forthcoming weeks of negotiations.

The investors have been worried that if no agreement was reached to change the automatic spending cuts and tax increases, the United States economy could move back to recession. The Standard & Poor’s 500 has declined 4.3% over the last 2 weeks, partially owing to these fears

The fall on Wall Street trailed the declining Europe equity markets, where constant concerns about the ability of the euro zone to deal with its debt issues are worrying the investors.

The industrial average of Dow Jones (.DJI) dropped 0.06% or 6.92 points to 12,535.46. The S&P’s 500 index (.SPX) declined 0.15% or 2.09 points, reaching 1,351.24. The NASDAQ Composite Index (.IXIC) fell to 2,827.48, by 0.33% or 9.46 points.

The MSCI world equity index (.MIWD00000PUS) drooped 0.4% to 316.39, losing around 2% this week.

FTSEurofirst 300 index (.FTEU3) of the leading firms declined 1.0% to 1,068.34, on tract for its worst week after late Sept.

The yen steadied slightly following a 2-day striking against the American dollar, but stayed on course for its worst weekly loss after late June on anticipations of aggressive financial easing from Bank of Japan.

The American dollar was up 0.22% at 81.32 yen, while the euro fell 0.58% versus the dollar at $1.2704.

The prices of standard Brent crude oil climbed towards $109 per barrel as a confrontation between the Palestinians in Gaza and Israel strengthened the concerns about supply. The investors were worried that the Arabian producers could be drawn into any possible conflicts, which could affect the supply lines.

Brent crude edged up by 33 cents to $108.34 per barrel. United States oil profited $1.20 to $86.65.





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