Gold surges, Asian stocks mixed amid US-China feud, pandemic | Inquirer Business

Gold surges, Asian stocks mixed amid US-China feud, pandemic

/ 01:00 PM July 27, 2020

BEIJING  — Asian stock markets were mixed and gold surged to a record price Monday amid U.S.-China tensions and concern a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic might be weakening.

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, July 27, 2020. Asian stock markets were mixed Monday amid U.S.-China tension and concern a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic might be weakening. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo declined while Shanghai and Hong Kong swung between gains and losses. Australia advanced.


Wall Street ended last week down after a new diplomatic flare-up between Washington and Beijing and mixed earnings reports.

Global markets have regained most of this year’s losses but forecasters warn the rebound might be too big and too early as virus case numbers rise in the United States and some other economies.


Weak stock prices “speak volumes of soured risk appetite amid escalating U.S.-China risks, worsening virus outbreaks and a flagging recovery,” said Hayaki Narita of Mizuho Bank in a report.

The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.5% to 22,629.30 while the Shanghai Composite Index was little-changed at 3,197.47. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.1% to 24,668.14.

The Kospi in Seoul advanced 1.1% to 2,226.56 and Australia’s S&P-ASX 200 was off under 0.1% at 6,022.90. New Zealand lost 0.4% while Singapore and Jakarta advanced.

Gold jumped $30 to a record $1927.60 per ounce in a sign investors were looking for safe havens to park money.

On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.6% to 3,215.63. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.7%, to 26,469.89. The Nasdaq composite fell 98.24 points, or 0.9%, to 10,363.18.

Investors were rattled by the latest U.S.-Chinese diplomatic feud. The Trump administration told Beijing last week to close its consulate in Houston. China responded by ordering the closure of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

That adds to strains over trade, technology, Hong Kong and human rights that have sent relations between the two biggest global economies plunging to their lowest level in decades.


Investors also are worried about a rise in U.S. layoffs as spiking coronavirus infections lead more businesses to shut down.

Extra unemployment benefits expire this week. Congress has yet to agree on more economic aid.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude was unchanged at $41.29 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The contract rose 22 cents on Friday to settle at $41.29. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 8 cents to $43.70 per barrel in London.

The dollar gained to 105.54 yen from Friday’s 105.97. The euro declined to $1.1712 from $1.1766.

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