Da præsident Donald Trump testede positivt for covid-19 virus faldt de amerikanske futures. Futures på tech-aktier havde det største fald. Dollaren steg en smule. Aktieindekset for de asiatiske aktier faldt beskedent. Olieprisen faldt i går, men det skyldes det voksende udbrud af corona-tilfælde verden over.
U.S. stock futures extend losses as Trump tests positive for COVID-19
U.S. stock futures extended losses on Friday after President Donald Trump said he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks ahead of elections.
Futures for the S&P 500 slid 1.21% by early afternoon in Asia, while Treasury yields also fell.
The U.S. dollar rose, particularly against the British pound, the Australian and New Zealand dollars in a sign of risk aversion.
Trump earlier said on Twitter that he and his wife had been tested for coronavirus after Hope Hicks, a senior advisor who recently traveled with the president, tested positive.
He later tweeted he and the first lady had tested positive: “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” he said.
Trump’s positive could cause a new wave of market volatility as investors brace for the hotly-contested presidential election in November.
“It has the potential to reduce Trump’s campaigning ability. He’s got a lot on and it’s an interruption,” said Sean Callow, currency strategist at Westpac in Sydney.
“It also hurts him as far as the whole narrative that it’s really not much to worry about – it puts the COVID crisis itself back front and centre.”
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.27%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.98% as a decline in oil and copper prices weighed on the country’s resources sector.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index erased gains and fell 0.69% as the Tokyo Stock Exchange resumed normal trading after its worst-ever outage brought the world’s third-largest equity market to a standstill.
Euro Stoxx 50 futures were up 0.06%, German DAX futures rose 0.03%, but FTSE futures were down by 1.02%.
Futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.7%. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield fell to 0.6545%.
Oil prices fell more than 3% on Thursday as rising coronavirus cases around the world dampened the demand outlook, while a rise last month in member output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also pressured prices.