In the same week that the average number of newly registered infected people reached a record high of 76,590 a day in the US, stock prices on Wall Street fell sharply.
All three major indices fell sharply, both on Friday alone and on the week as a whole. When it closed, it looked like this on Wall Street:
- The aggregate S&P 500 index fell 1.19 percent
- Industrial weight Dow Jones fell 0.58 percent
- The Nasdaq technology index fell 2.45 percent
Worst week since March
After the corona pandemic really settled in the stock markets in March, the top three indices rose steadily.
Of course, this has some exceptions, but since March the three indexes have not dropped as much in a week as they did:
- The Dow index fell 6.46 percent
- Nasdaq Composte fell 5.51 percent
- The S&P 500 fell close to 5.63 percent
The biggest weekly falls between this week and March occurred in June for the Dow and S&P indices, while the Nasdaq had its worst week in September.
Technology stocks fell more
The fall in technology stocks was led by the giants Facebook, Apple and Amazon, which fell more than 5 percent on the stock exchange after presenting the third quarter figures on Thursday.
At the same time, the share price of Alphabet, owner of Google, rose 3.8 percent, after posting positive numbers in the quarter.
However, one of the biggest losers was Twitter, which reported a smaller than expected increase in the number of users. Participation fell to 21 percent on Friday.
Approaching the presidential election
Tuesday next week is the US presidential election day. For now, Donald Trump’s first presidential term is likely to be the last, but there are uncertainties here.
Several investors expected a new stimulus package to be put in place before the election, but this is unlikely. This is believed to be one of the reasons – in addition to the uncertainty associated with the increase in infection – that caused stock prices to fall.
Bolvin Wealth Management chief Gina Bernarduci told CNBC that they received more calls about the election recently than when stock prices plummeted in March.
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