Inflation worries continue to weigh on investor sentiment - Monday Review, May 17

Inflation worries continue to weigh on investor sentiment - Monday Review, May 17

Markets traded in mixed fashion as investors focused on the possible inflation that could threaten the global economic recovery

The US

As investors feared that inflation could force the Federal Reserve to take action sooner rather than later, Wall Street closed lower. USA30 fell 0.16%, while USA500 slipped 0.25%. TECH100 traded 0.38% lower.

Crude oil traded 0.2% higher at $65.50 a barrel.

Gold went up 1.6% to $1,867.60 per ounce.

Asia and Australia

Markets were mixed, as some countries had to deal with a rise in COVID-19 infections and inflation worries.

HongKong45 rose 1.06%.

Japan225 was down 0.24%.

Down under, Australia200 gained 0.69% ahead of the release of important economic data for April, such as employment change and unemployment rate. The Reserve Bank of Australia is due to publish its minutes on Tuesday.

Europe

Stocks edged lower amid concerns over a rise in global inflation, as well as lower-than-expected Chinese economic data. Germany30 and France40 fell 0.1%. UK100 dropped 0.3%.

Brent oil rose 0.1% to $68.78 per barrel.

EUR/USD traded at 1.2137 after it went down 0.1%.

Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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