GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares slide on fear trade spat morphs to a tech cold war

(Provides shut of U.S. markets)

* Greenback hits two-year excessive, safe-haven yen additionally good points

* Authorities debt yields tumble on development worries, commerce fears

* Oil extends losses, greatest decline in six months

* World FX charges in 2019

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, Could 23 (Reuters) – World shares skidded additional on Thursday and oil costs plunged greater than 5% as traders fearful the China-U.S. commerce spat was turning right into a know-how chilly battle between the world’s two largest economies, boosting the greenback and knocking benchmark authorities debt yields down.

Worries over German manufacturing, trade-sensitive Asian economies, Brexit and European parliamentary elections led traders to flee riskier belongings and purchase perceived safe-havens.

The greenback at one level hit its highest degree in two years in opposition to a basket of six main currencies and the euro slumped to ranges final seen in Could 2017 as a restoration in euro zone enterprise exercise was weaker than anticipated.

Shares tumbled on Wall Avenue and yields on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notice fell beneath 2.30% to the bottom since October 2017 as an early learn of U.S. manufacturing knowledge for Could posted its weakest tempo of development in almost a decade.

Fairness traders, inspired by low rates of interest, had been hoping for the perfect since U.S.-China commerce talks soured, mentioned Michael O’Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut.

As of Wednesday’s shut, the S&P 500 was simply three% off its report closing excessive on April 30.

“You are seeing asset lessons reply to the chance they usually have been for the couple of weeks,” O’Rourke mentioned. “Now that it is develop into clear that the dangers are on the market, the (fairness) market has to cost them in. There needs to be extra draw back.”

Asian shares fell in a single day to a four-month low and European shares sank, with Germany’s trade-sensitive DAX down 1.eight% and Italian shares greater than 2% decrease.

MSCI’s gauge of shares throughout the globe shed 1.three% whereas the FTSEurofirst 300 index of main European shares closed down 1.42%.

On Wall Avenue, the Dow Jones Industrial Common fell 286.14 factors, or 1.11%, to 25,490.47. The S&P 500 misplaced 34.03 factors, or 1.19%, to 2,822.24 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 122.56 factors, or 1.58%, to 7,628.28.

Buyers fear the U.S.-China commerce dispute may escalate.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Chinese language telecom big Huawei Applied sciences of mendacity about its ties to the federal government. Beijing mentioned Washington should finish its “flawed actions” if it desires commerce talks to proceed.

Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp joined a rising record of multinationals which have mentioned they’re disengaging from Huawei, the most important telecom-gear maker and second-largest vendor of smartphones.

Reuters reported on Wednesday the U.S. administration was contemplating Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese language video surveillance agency Hikvision over the nation’s therapy of its Uighur Muslim minority.

The U.S. navy additionally mentioned it had despatched two Navy ships by way of the Taiwan Strait.

“It is tin hats on and battening down the hatches for a good bit of volatility for the following few months,” mentioned Tony Cousins, chief government of Pyrford Worldwide, the worldwide equities arm of BMO International Asset Administration.

One in every of few markets to flee the turmoil was India. Its primary inventory market touched an all-time excessive after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s get together scored a historic election victory. Official knowledge displaying Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) forward in 292 of the 542 seats obtainable.

The rupee additionally climbed however that, too, was an outlier.

Buyers piled into the greenback as a relative secure haven due to its significance within the world economic system and the additional cushion of excessive U.S. rates of interest in comparison with different developed economies.

The greenback hit a excessive of 98.371 in opposition to a basket of six main currencies, its highest since Could 2017, however then pared good points. The euro rebounded after touching $1.1109 as slower development raised the prospect that the Federal Reserve could minimize U.S. rates of interest.

The Japanese yen strengthened zero.72% versus the buck at 109.54 per greenback.

U.S. Treasury yields dropped throughout the board as threat urge for food light and Germany’s 10-year bond yield fell additional into unfavorable territory after a survey confirmed enterprise exercise within the bloc was weaker than anticipated in Could.

IHS Markit’s PMI, a information to financial well being, nudged as much as 51.6 from a closing April studying of 51.5, however was beneath market expectations for 51.7.

The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notice rose 23/32 in worth to push its yield all the way down to 2.3115%.

Germany’s 10-year authorities bond yield fell three foundation factors to minus zero.114%.

Oil costs tumbled greater than 5% as commerce tensions dampened the demand outlook, main the crude benchmarks to their greatest every day declines in six months.

Brent crude futures, the worldwide benchmark, settled down $three.23 at $67.76 per barrel, and was buying and selling down $three.00 at $67.99.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $three.51 to settle at a two-month low of $57.91 per barrel.

Gold costs jumped 1 p.c because the greenback pulled again from a two-year peak scaled earlier within the session.

U.S. gold futures rose zero.9 p.c to $1,285.50 an oz.

(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Enhancing by David Gregorio and Susan Thomas)

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