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Top 5 Things to Know in the Market on Friday, March 13th

EconomyMar 13, 2020 06:49AM ET
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78彩票网appInvesting.com -- The wait for a coordinated U.S. package of policy measures to offset the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak goes on, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that a deal was "near".? Europe enacted more emergency measures as the virus continued its spread, while accurate U.S. data remain elusive due to delays in widespread testing and the lack of comprehensive data on test results. The Treasury bond market stabilized after the Federal Reserve's announcement of a $1.5 trillion liquidity injection. Other central banks around the world joined the party, leading to global stock markets to experience a bounce of varying strength after their worst day in over 30 years on Thursday. Here's what you need to know in financial markets on Friday, March 13th.

1. U.S. coronavirus response ‘near’ says Pelosi; Trump dumps on CDC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said an agreement with the Trump administration is near over policy measures to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.

President Trump had pushed back against the House Democrats’ proposals on Wednesday and Thursday because, he argued, they contained too many “goodies” from an “ideological wishlist” that had little to do with the crisis at hand.

Trump blamed failings in the U.S. testing regime Friday on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, saying on 78彩票网app: “Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now.”

Critics pointed out that the Trump administration fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs.

2. Virus spreads in Europe; still hard to track in U.S.

Europe enacted more emergency measures, with France becoming the latest to announce the closure of all schools nationwide. The German state of Bavaria did likewise, but Germany’s response remains fragmented, due to the fact that state governments rather than the federal government have the power over many decisions. ?

The number of new cases in China, meanwhile, fell into single digits.

78彩票网appThe actual spread of the virus in the U.S. still remains frustratingly difficult to track, due to shortcomings in nationwide testing and diagnostics procedures. A top health official in Ohio estimated on Thursday that more than 100,000 people in the state have coronavirus, a number that underscores the limited testing so far.

"Our delay in being able to test has delayed our understanding of the spread of this," Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton told a press conference.

?Johns Hopkins data puts the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at 1,663, with 40 confirmed deaths so far.

3. 78彩票网app set to bounce at opening

U.S. stock markets are set to open sharply higher at the open on hopes that the combined monetary and fiscal measures in the U.S. will put a floor under the market.

By 6:40 AM ET (1040 GMT), the Dow 30 futures contract was up 821 points or 3,9%, while the S&P 500 futures contract was up 4.0% and the Nasdaq 100 contract was up 4.6%.

78彩票网appWhile this week’s economic indicators have largely passed by unnoticed, the Michigan Consumer Sentiment index due at 10 AM may be one of the first indicators to show the evolving impact of the virus on the economy.

4. Treasury market responds to Fed injection

78彩票网appThe U.S. Treasury market unfroze a bit after the Federal Reserve moved to restore liquidity in the world’s largest and deepest capital market, which provides an essential reference point for the price of risk-free credit.

The Fed announced on Thursday open market operations to buy $1.5 trillion of short-term government paper. It also said that, from Friday, it will start to redistribute $60 billion of planned bill purchases across the rest of the government yield curve – a measure that analysts said paved the way for the resumption of full-blown quantitative easing, possibly as early as the Fed’s policy meeting next week.

By 6:40 AM ET, the 3-month T-bill yield was up 9 basis points at 0.41%, while the 2-year Treasury yield was down 3 basis points at 0.46%. The 10-year yield was up 1 basis point at 0.86%.

5. Global central banks keep pumping in the cash

Central banks around the world continued to act to support their respective financial systems. The People’s Bank of China said it will cut the reserve requirement ratio for selected banks, a move that will release an estimated 550 billion yuan ($79 billion) in funding while the Reserve Bank of Australia injected A$8.8 billion in liquidity into the local repo market.

The central bank of Norway cut its key rate by 50 basis points, amid other measures, while the Swedish Riksbank said it would extend up to 500 billion kronor ($51 billion) in new loans to the country’s banks.

78彩票网appGlobal stock markets responded with a rebound that gradually gained strength. Australia’s stock market rose 4.4% after a 7.7% decline on Thursday. The PBoC measures came too late to affect the Chinese CSI 300, which fell 1.0%. Europe’s stock markets bounced by between 3% and 9% - albeit none recovered all the ground lost on Thursday. Spain and Italy banned short-selling in selected stocks.

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Becker908 Mar 14, 2020 3:47PM ET
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Let's be clear. The correct name for this is the WuFlu.
jemin An Mar 13, 2020 10:21AM ET
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The speaker Pelosi should think over president' offer. Spreading of virus even didn't' started yet in state. Key of manage the virus fear is not a fake calm market, that is made by intended money fluency, but preparation for emergency hospitals and medical workers to fight in virus war. No tax? then people spends money in mall at the risk of virus infection? This is Ridiculous fake idea. Save it, several month later, after the pick of epidemic, it will be needed very sure.
Mr Zero Mar 13, 2020 10:21AM ET
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Yet? oh dear.... lol
ATOMIQ ILYA Mar 13, 2020 8:10AM ET
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Trump administration fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs. He is a walking disaster
Defcon2 Mar 13, 2020 8:10AM ET
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You left out their horribly slow response to the Swine flu. It wouldn't have made any difference if they were fired or not, but they deserved to be.
Jonathan Peer Mar 13, 2020 7:43AM ET
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It appears as if China will be the first to recover.? That will only increase their market share for awhile.? I wonder if any tariffs will be lifted?
Erminio Deangelis Mar 13, 2020 7:28AM ET
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the news reacts too what the market is doing. the market never reacts too the news first. oversold is oversold regardless of why the news says the bounce.
Pietro Rosato Mar 13, 2020 7:19AM ET
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wow, 1100 point bounce on the futures, Federal Reserve hard at work to manipulate the markets, again.
Christopher Toms Mar 13, 2020 7:11AM ET
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USA needs to go back on the 78彩票网app standard
Brent Shields Mar 13, 2020 7:11AM ET
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smartest thing ive heard or seen here
Jedrek Zak Mar 13, 2020 7:11AM ET
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careful...you'll end up like JFK
Hhthed Shshs Mar 13, 2020 7:01AM ET
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nwo is controlling red sky ;)
Joe Samuels Mar 13, 2020 7:01AM ET
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Blue horse shoe likes anacott steel
guy hendricks Mar 13, 2020 7:01AM ET
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and instead of the NWO being left wing socialists...it's right wing neoliberal "free market" Republicans.
 
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