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The foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

The foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

There a risk-off feel in the markets today, as the escalating Covid-19 pandemic overrides optimism that successful vaccine rollouts will help the world economy recover in 2021.

Wall Street suffered a late slide last night, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping over 1% — down 344 points to 29,438.

And European stocks have just opened lower too, with investors fretting about just how tough the next few months will be. The Stoxx 600, which tracks shares across Europe, is down 0.8% at the start of trading, in what could be a nervy session.

The pandemic continues to escalate in the US; overnight, Johns Hopkins University has reported that more than 250,000 Americans have now died from Covid-19, another grim milestone in the crisis.

Total US infections now exceeding 11 million, with more than 76,000 people hospitalised with Covid across the country.

And in New York, schools are to temporarily halt after infection rates reached their highest level since the spring.

This has reminded the markets that we face months of rising deaths and economic disruption, which will see more businesses collapse and people lose their jobs.

Jim Reid of Deutsche Bank explains:


Whether it be outlooks or markets it’s all about vaccines and the virus at the moment. Risk assets actually slipped late in the US session, and closed at the lows (S&P 500 -1.16%), largely due to NYC school closures coming into force again today after the city’s positivity rate of first time Covid-19 tests rose over 3%.

In terms of the sectoral moves, every industry group in the US ended lower except for Autos (+1.14%), while the losses were led by Energy (-2.88%) and Utilities (-1.94%).

But the global situation is worsening too – Japan has recorded a record number of new daily coronavirus infections, including a new peak in Tokyo, while India is approaching 9m cases.

European stock markets are expected to drop back this morning, having hit multi-month highs back on Monday

IGSquawk
(@IGSquawk)

European Opening Calls:#FTSE 6336 -0.77%#DAX 13110 -0.69%#CAC 5480 -0.57%#AEX 597 -0.60%#MIB 21535 -0.41%#IBEX 7919 -0.79%#OMX 1912 -0.53%#STOXX 3458 -0.70%#IGOpeningCall


November 19, 2020

Holger Zschaepitz
(@Schuldensuehner)

Global markets drop as shutdown fears due to a rise in new Corona cases outweigh positive vaccine news. US Coronavirus deaths top 250k. Bonds gain in Risk-Off environment w/US 10y at 0.85%. Dollar Index holds near 2y low w/Euro at $1.1847. Gold at $1860. Bitcoin steady at $17.8k. pic.twitter.com/NREf4gT03q


November 19, 2020

The agenda

  • 8am GMT: ECB president Christine Lagarde testifies to the EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • 11am GMT: CBI industrial trends survey of UK manufacturing in October
  • 1.30pm GMT: US weekly unemployment statistics





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