Sponsored by: Investment Center

Something new in your business?  Click here to submit your business press release

Chamber Corner | Main Street News | Job Hunt | Classifieds | Calendar | Illinois Lottery 

World stocks lower amid Europe, US jitters

Send a link to a friend

[June 02, 2010]  BANGKOK (AP) -- World stocks were mostly down Wednesday as Europe's debt woes continued to undermine confidence and after a fall on Wall Street connected to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil fell to nearly $72 per barrel, while the dollar gained against the yen but retreated versus the euro.

In early trading in Europe, Britain's FTSE index was down 65 points, or 1.3 percent, at 5,098.97. The CAC 40 index of leading French shares was down 1.4 percent at 3,453.40 while Germany's DAX stood was off 1.2 percent at 5,908.51. Wall Street was poised for a higher opening, with Dow futures up 11 points, or 0.1 percent, at 10,030.

It was the second day of losses for Asia's markets, with benchmark indexes in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong down. The Shanghai Composite Index rebounded slightly, up 3.14 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 2,571.42. South Korea's market was closed for nationwide local elections.

Asia followed negative cues from Wall Street, where stocks took a late dive after the U.S. government said it was starting criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf oil spill, raising the possibility that oil companies might have to pay out huge fines, or see their operations hampered.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng dipped 0.1 percent to close at 19,471.80 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.7 percent to 4,381.0.

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average lost 108.59 points, or 1.1 percent, to 9,603.24 amid news that embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was resigning.

Hatoyama had faced growing pressure from within his Democratic Party of Japan to resign ahead of July's upper house elections after his approval ratings plummeted over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.

Hatoyama is the fourth Japanese prime minister to resign in four years.

[to top of second column]

Jackson Wong, vice president of Tanrich Securities, said he believed negative factors pulling Asia down included the continuing euro zone crisis and negative cues from Wall Street -- not the political news out of Japan.

"The resignation of the prime minister of Japan was actually pretty positive news initially," Wong said. "When they change the prime minister, the new one will probably have a fresh look toward the economy, so that's pretty good news."

But he said the euro crisis is "still evolving. We are still not out of the woods."

On Tuesday, the Dow fell 112.61, or 1.1 percent, to 10,024.02. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 18.70, or 1.7 percent, to 1,070.71, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 34.71, or 1.5 percent, to 2,222.33.

In currencies, the dollar gained to 91.64 yen from 90.98 yen late Tuesday. The euro rose to $1.2219 from $1.2204.

Benchmark crude for July delivery was down 30 cents at $72.28 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.39 to settle at $72.58 on Tuesday.

[Associated Press; By PAMELA SAMPSON]

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor