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Tension in the Middle East Cause European Stocks to Close in Negative


Last Friday, the European stocks went negative as tensions in the Middle East heightened between Iran and the United States, pinpointed to two oil tankers being attacked in the Oman Gulf on Thursday.

European Stoxx 600 came off its unusual session lows and closed at a 0.37% lower level. Stocks in tech also suffered a decline, underperforming with the sector experiencing a 1.75% rollback, while other sectors likewise trade in the red. Minor gains, however, were posted by utilities and energy.  

Military Turmoil Ensued

The focus of the world was set on the Middle East after Japanese and Norwegian-owned oil tankers were afflicted with explosions near the Hormuz Straight last Thursday.

Military forces from the United States release raw footage which they claim showed Revolutionary Guard Corps from Iran dismantling and removing an undetonated mine from the sides of one of its tankers. Tehran, in response, vehemently denies such documentation.

Rise and Fall: Asian Markets Get Affected

This turmoil put the price of oil on the front and center, with the crude from Brent rising in the midday trade.

Markets hinged slightly lower on Wall Street, especially during the early hours of trading. This is reported by the investors digesting weak data out from the East, particularly China, while continuing to monitor a drop in the stock shares of semiconductors.

On Friday, stock in Asia finished in approximately lower to mixed as the investors continue to observe the situation. Shenzhen composite from China led losses, finishing low at 1.8%. Meanwhile, the Hang Sen Index from Hong Kong proceed with a continuing drop with the mass demonstration and protest against the extradition bill.

The industrial output growth of China, nevertheless, slowed down to an almost record-setting 17-year 5% low in May, way below the expectations.

The International Energy Agency cited an increasing trade concern with a fear of a yearn global recession as it slashed its own estimated global oil demand growth for the second successive month.

Europe Also Takes Hit

What also came into focus is the European economic data, with France reporting its EU-compliant consumer price index (CPI) for May is 0.9% year to year and 0.1% month-per-month, missing pertinent forecasts. Likewise, Italy’s EU-harmonized CPI came at 0.9% year-on-year.

On Friday, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire spoke at a news conference in Luxembourg that Italy only has a few days to give responses to the EU of its consistently rising debt, to halt the disciplinary proceeding proposed by the bloc.

The Lundin Petroleum from Sweden, on the one hand, continued to benefit for the gas and oil surge, rising in at 2.5%. The shares of the Swiss Market expansion service-provider DKSH fell short over 9% after the Credit Suisse slashed its stock to an alarming “underperform” rating.

The stocks of European semiconductor dwindled after Broadcom forecasted a worldwide slowdown in chip demand that results from the US-China trade war. Ifineon and AMS, both powerhouses, tumbled 5.5% and 7.5% respectively during the trade.