Global Stocks continue to fall because of the threat of a U.S. government shutdown

Global Stocks continue to fall because as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown sent dismayed investors sailing for safer harbors.

Stocks

  • Japan’s Nikkei fell 1.5 percent, and was down more than 6 percent for the week so far.
  • Australian stocks slipped 1.3 percent to a two-year trough.
  • Dow ended Thursday with a loss of 1.99 percent.
  • S&P 500 dived 1.58 percent Nasdaq 1.63 percent.
  • Nasdaq loss 1.63 percent.
  • E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were off another 0.3 percent.
  • MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.5 percent.
  • Chinese blue chips lost 1.6 percent.

Currencies

  • The dollar dived 1.1 percent on the yen on Thursday to hit a three-month trough at 110.80.
  • The dollar stood at 96.457
  • The euro stood at $1.1444.

Commodities

  • Gold hold at $1,259.29 an ounce.
  • Brent rose 31 cents to $54.66
  • U.S. crude eked out a 38 cent bounce to $46.26 a barrel.

Bonds

  • U.S. 10-year yields struck their lowest since early April at 2.748 percent.
  • Between Two- and 10-year yields shrank to just 9 basis points at one stage,
  • Yields in Japan and Australia also reached multi-month lows.

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