By Eileen Ng, The Associated Press on January 12, 2017.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Global shares were mostly lower Thursday after President-elect Donald Trump offered scant details on policies during his news conference. Investors had been hoping for a clearer sense of his plans for trade and economic stimulus.
KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX fell 0.6 per cent at 11,579.60 while France’s CAC 40 shed 0.4 per cent to 4,868.34. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.3 per cent to 7,270.10. U.S. shares were also set to drift lower, with Dow and S&P futures both down 0.3 per cent.
TRUMP NEWS: Trump’s first news conference in nearly six months was an anti-climax, with scant details on his plans for infrastructure spending and tax reforms. Trump attacked U.S. intelligence services and big pharmaceutical companies, instead of outlining his platform.
THE QUOTE: “It is what he didn’t mention – fiscal stimulus – that worries market participants. The U.S. dollar rally was based on the assumption that Trump’s administration will push through a massive infrastructure building and fiscal stimulus package, which will lead to higher inflation in the future,” said Margaret Yang Yan, a market analyst with CMC Markets in Singapore. “The slump in the U.S. dollar index last night indicated that assumption is now unwinding because the president-elect never even mentioned that key word ‘stimulus’.”
DRUG MAKERS: Health care stocks fell after Trump said new bidding procedures are needed to stem rises in drug costs. Takeda Pharmaceutical fell 2.6 per cent, Eisai Co. fell 3.3 per cent and Chugai Pharmaceutical dropped 3.4 per cent.
ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 1.2 per cent to 19,134.70 as the U.S. dollar fell back against the yen, potentially hurting exporters’ earnings. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dipped 0.5 per cent to 22,829.02, and the Shanghai Composite edged down 0.6 per cent to 3,119.29. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 per cent to 5,766.90. South Korea’s Kospi bucked the trend to rise 0.6 per cent at 2,087.14. Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly lower.
ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil rebounded from early losses to rise 28 cents to $52.53 a barrel. It rose $1.43, or 2.8 per cent, to close at $52.25 a barrel in New York on Wednesday. Brent crude, which is used to price oil sold internationally, rose 45 cents to $55.55.
CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 114.26 yen from 115.43 yen on Wednesday. The euro rose to $1.0625 from $1.0576.
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