Wall Street indicators are moving mixed in the last session of the week, amid renewed concerns that the new increase recorded in coronavirus cases in the United States and worldwide could hit the economic recovery again.
In particular, the Dow Jones industrial average “loses” 192 points or 0.54% and stands at 35,678.13 points, the broader S&P 500 marks marginal fluctuations around 4,707.30 points, while the technological Nasdaq gains 0.60% and moves at 16,090.10 units.
The climate in the US stock market on Friday is heavy, as the new escalation of cases in the country and especially the decision of Austria to proceed with a total lockdown for 20 days and the “threat” of Germany that it may proceed with similar measures, brought back brought to the fore the unpleasant memories of the previous year with the lockdowns in many countries that led to recession several economies and caused problems in the supply chains which have not yet been fully restored.
It is noted that Austria announced that from Monday it will impose a total, national lockdown and becomes the first country in the European Union to take such measures to address the resurgence of the Covid epidemic.
At the same time, Germany announced that the new wave of cases sweeping the country has worsened and declared a state of emergency, with the Minister of Health leaving an open window even for a lockdown.
The news, coupled with the growing number of cases in the US, has also alarmed investors in the US market, raising fears that new restrictions, along with a reduction in the Fed’s emergency asset trading program, could undermine development.