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Chinese retail sales unexpectedly fell in July.

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Tech shares weakness could be attributed to issues about the upcoming conference between U.S. and Chinese authorities to discuss trade, as U.S. tech giants revenues and supply chains have considerable direct exposure to China. But tech stocks are also trading with high evaluations after going on a tear in recent weeks. Year to date, the Nasdaq is up 23% compared to the S&P 500s 4.4% advance.
Chinese retail sales all of a sudden fell in July, and the travel sector was dealt a fresh blow as the U.K. added France to its quarantine list. The pan-European
Stoxx 600
index fell 1.2%, while the French
CAC
moved 1.6% and the German
DAX
was 0.7% lower. The U.K.s.
FTSE 100.
slipped 1.5%.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.58 of a point, less than 0.1%, to 3,372.85, staying within close variety of the indexs all-time-high. The Nasdaq Composite decreased 23 points, or 0.2%, to 11,019.30.

The S&P 500 closed almost unchanged on Friday, as investors weighed combined information on consumer confidence and retail sales versus an upcoming trade meeting in between Chinese and U.S. officials.
While heading U.S. retail sales figures missed out on forecasts, with a month-to-month boost of 1.2% disappointing the 2% estimate, the hidden numbers enhanced by more than expected. Consumer confidence was much better than anticipated for August; the University of Michigans Consumer Sentiment Index came in at 72.8 on Friday, compared to projections of 72.0.
That assisted U.S. stocks hold up better than markets in Europe, even as delays on additional U.S. stimulus weighed on belief.
The
Dow Jones Industrial Average
gotten 34.30 points, or 0.1%, to 27,931.02. The S&P 500 slipped 0.58 of a point, less than 0.1%, to 3,372.85, remaining within close range of the indexs all-time-high. The Nasdaq Composite decreased 23 points, or 0.2%, to 11,019.30.

Chinese retail sales suddenly fell 1.1% in July, improving on Junes 1.8% dip however marking a seventh consecutive month-to-month decrease. Financial experts had estimated sales would edge 0.1% higher but the surprise fall raised worries over Chinas financial healing. While the countrys commercial production continued to grow, it missed FactSet agreement estimates.
” China was initially in to the coronavirus crisis and probably one of the very first to come out of its very first phase, so the fragile nature of its healing offers an unpleasant view of the future for other nations,” stated.
AJ Bell.
financial investment director Russ Mould.
The U.K.s decision to include France and the Netherlands to its quarantine list in the middle of increasing coronavirus cases hit European travel and leisure stocks. From Saturday, tourists showing up in the U.K. from those countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The current blow to the travel sector saw airlines suffer heavy losses early on Friday, with.
easyJet,.
British Airways owner.
IAG,.
and.
Ryanair.
all toppling.
It wasnt just airline companies feeling the impacts of a choice that will likely result in canceled flights and postponed vacations, as hotel chains.
Whitbread.
and Intercontinental Hotels, and aircraft engine maker Rolls Royce were also amongst the sharpest decliners.
In the U.S.,.
DraftKings.
( DKNG) shares slipped 5.9% after management reported a wider-than-expected loss for the 2nd quarter even as sales was available in ahead of price quotes. The online sports betting market has been harmed by a lack of live sports in current months, however activity rebounded in July as bettors bet on other sports such as professional golf and supreme fighting.
Tesla (TSLA) shares were up 1.8% on the heels of an upgrade from.
Morgan Stanley.
Previously today Tesla revealed strategies for a 5-for-1 stock split, which will work on Aug. 31.

Year to date, the Nasdaq is up 23% compared to the S&P 500s 4.4% advance.
Chinese retail sales suddenly fell 1.1% in July, improving on Junes 1.8% dip but marking a seventh consecutive regular monthly decline. Economic experts had approximated sales would edge 0.1% higher however the surprise fall raised worries over Chinas economic healing.

AMC Entertainment.
shares rose 4.3%. The company said late Thursday that it prepares to begin a phased resuming of its theaters on Aug. 20, with social distancing procedures in place. The theater chain prepares to have approximately two-thirds of its roughly 600 theaters in the U.S. open by Sept. 3.
Write to Alexandra Scaggs at alexandra.scaggs@barrons.com and Carleton English at carleton.english@dowjones.com.

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