martedì 13 dicembre 2016
The New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Stocks fell on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to raise U.S. interest rates, while oil prices jumped after several non-OPEC countries agreed to join the cartel in cutting outpu
WALL STREET: Stocks pulled back following a record run, though a spurt in oil prices Monday helped push energy issues higher. Nine stocks fell on the New York Stock Exchange for every five that rose. The Standard & Poor's 500 has climbed 5.4 percent since the presidential election on expectations proposed tax cuts will lead to higher profits. The rise in energy stocks including Exxon Mobil and Chevron boosted the Dow Jones industrial average 0.2 percent to a record 19,796.43. The S&P, a broader measure, 0.1 percent, to 2,256.96. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.6 percent to 5,412.54.
FED WATCH: Investors expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike interest rates when it ends a policy meeting Wednesday. It would be only the second increase in a decade. The Fed has kept rates near zero since the 2008 global crisis but its leaders have indicated the U.S. economy is improving enough to start moving gradually toward normal policy. Low interest rates have helped to boost stock prices but are hurting savers who look for income from bank accounts and bonds.
ANALYST'S TAKE: "For Asia, things have perhaps been a little less optimistic," said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. Pan cited uncertainty over China's monthly data and U.S.-Chinese tensions over Taiwan and Beijing's filing of a World Trade Organization complaint against the United States and Europe Union for failing to treat it as a market economy. "As each other's largest trading partner, the impact of a deteriorating relationship will be significant on both ends, commanding due concerns from the markets," Pan said.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 9 cents to $52.74 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract surged $1.33 on Monday to $52.83 following last week's decision by major oil producers to cut output. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 13 cents to $55.56 in London. It jumped $1.36 on Monday.
CHINA: Economic data for November showed relatively strong activity. Industrial production grew 6.2 percent from a year ago, up from October's 6.1 percent. Growth in investment in real estate and other fixed assets held steady at 8.8 percent, though growth in private sector investment declined to 4.6 percent from October's 5.1 percent. "Another set of broadly positive data suggest that China is on track to end this year on a strong note," said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.
CHINA'S TUMBLE: Chinese stocks have declined amid concern about tighter regulation, Fed action and U.S.-Chinese tensions. The Shanghai benchmark fell Monday by an unusually wide margin of 2.5 percent. Analysts blame unease after Chinese regulators visited insurance companies, which are major traders, and banned one from further investing in stocks. Analysts suggested investors also are waiting to see the Fed's decision on whether to raise U.S. rates.
CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 115.30 yen from Monday's 114.90 yen. The euro was flat at $1.0641.