Nasdaq 100 futures in electronic trading are 0.62% lower after Apple (AAPL) warned on revenues for the current quarter blaming weak demand from China and disruptions in the supply channels. Apple revenue guidance ranging between $63 and $67 billion for the current quarter. Above that Walmart earnings came short of expectations amid weakness in the holiday season. The company reported an adjusted profit of $1.38/share below the consensus of $1.43 and revenue of $141.67 billion also below the expectations of $142.49.
HSBC announced a restructuring that involved shedding $100 billion of assets and 35,000 job cuts the next three years. HSBC also warned about the negative implications of the coronavirus outbreak on its Asia business.
Moody’s cut the growth forecasts for Asia and now expects growth to slow across the Asia Pacific region as the coronavirus outbreak weakens demand and disrupts supply chains. Moody’s lowered the China growth forecast to 5.2% for 2020 from 5.8%, forecasting a severe but short-lived economic impact.
The Dow Jones futures are 0.48% lower at 29252. The Nasdaq futures are 0.52% lower at 9582 pointing to a negative opening for the cash market.
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European Stocks Lower, ZEW Disappoints
European stocks slide in midday after the Apple warning. The DAX Index is 0.72% lower at 13,683 after weaker Zew data. The CAC 40 is 0.43% lower at 6,059 while the FTSE MIB is 0.12% higher at 25,105. The FTSE 100 is 0.83% lower at 7,371 despite the UK employment data was somewhat better than expected
Selling Pressure In Cryptocurrencies Accelerates
Cryptocurrencies are under selling pressure midday, the Bitcoin price is 0.49% lower at 9655. Ethereum (ETHUSD) price is 1.08% lower at 265.41. Litecoin is 2.33% lower at 71.72 while Ripple is 1.73% lower at 0.2819.
Crude Oil Resumes Downtrend
Crude oil price cancels the positive rebound today as the fears on coronavirus impact returns. WTI crude oil is 1.59% lower at $51.24, while the Brent crude oil is 1.95% lower at $56.42. Investors bid on safe-haven assets, the gold price adds 0.59 at $1591.55 while silver price is 1.19% higher at $17.97.
In forex markets, the Japanese yen rose 0.10% to 109.77 against the US dollar while the risk- and China – sensitive AUD dollar is 0.45% lower at $0.6681. The euro hit three-year lows at 1.0793 against the dollar after the disappointment from Germany’s ZEW survey.