Apple Drags Down Tech Shares as Gold, Oil Advance: Markets Wrap
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(Bloomberg) — U.S. technology shares slipped on speculation Apple Inc.’s phone sales will fall short of estimates, with trading volumes thin on the day after Christmas. Oil and gold rose.
The Nasdaq Composite Index fell while the S&P 500 edged lower, with Apple and some of its suppliers among the worst performers. Emerging-market currencies strengthened as a Bloomberg index of commodities headed to its longest winning streak in more than a decade. The Treasury plans to sell $45 billion of three-month bills, a fresh gauge of investor confidence before the U.S. is expected to breach its debt ceiling in late March. The major European stock exchanges were shut, along with Hong Kong and Australia.
Markets overall were quiet as the stellar year for risk assets crawls to its end, with the possible exception of the cryptocurrency roller coaster. Next year could bring more drama, with tensions simmering between the U.S. and Russia, Italy’s parliament set to be dissolved for a risky European election, and a big decisions on the U.S. debt ceiling kicked down the road.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, West Texas oil held above $58 a barrel after U.S. explorers refrained from adding rigs for a second week. Bitcoin rallied as the biggest cryptocurrency attempted to shrug off a miserable five-day run.
Japanese equity benchmarks dropped from the highest levels since the early 1990s, helping to pull the MSCI Asia Pacific Index down. The pound weakened and the Brazilian real and South African rand were among gainers. Silver also jumped.
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Among the events in focus for investors this week:
- U.S. consumer confidence, home prices and trade data are on the schedule despite the holiday-shortened week.
- Italy’s parliament is expected to be dissolved ahead of elections in 2018.
- Rate decisions this week include Argentina and Egypt.
And these are the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 Index slipped 0.1 percent as of 9:34 a.m. in New York.
- The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.4 percent
- The MSCI All-Country World Index was little changed.
- The MSCI Emerging Market Index was little changed.
- The euro was little changed at $1.1865.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index decreased 0.1 percent.
- The British pound declined 0.1 percent to $1.3358.
- South Africa’s rand jumped 0.5 percent to 12.5513 per dollar, the strongest in nine months.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 2.48 percent.
- The Bloomberg Commodities Index rose 0.4 percent for its ninth consecutive gain, the longest winning streak since February 2005.
- Gold increased 0.6 percent to $1,281.61 an ounce.
- West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.4 percent to $58.72 a barrel.
- Silver gained 1.2 percent to $16.524 per ounce, the highest in almost four weeks.
–With assistance from Christopher Anstey
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