- Global stocks jumped on Monday as lockdowns in several novel coronavirus hotspots appeared to be slowing the pandemic’s spread.
- Italy suffered its fewest deaths in more than two weeks, while death tolls in France and Spain fell to multi-day lows.
- “We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel,” President Donald Trump said on Sunday, although he warned of a “horrific” number of deaths in the coming days and weeks.
- “Policymakers need to be immensely vigilant and careful” about easing containment measures, one analyst said, or they risk a second wave of infections that prolongs the economic downturn.
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Global stocks surged on Monday as investors cheered signs that lockdowns were paying off in the battle against the novel coronavirus.
Italy, the global epicenter of the pandemic, reported its fewest deaths in more than two weeks. France and Spain both recorded their lowest death tolls in several days. New York also registered its first one-day decline in coronavirus deaths.
“Investors are shrugging off the pessimism,” Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade, said in a morning note.
President Donald Trump touted the good news on Sunday, but warned the national crisis would worsen before it gets better.
“We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said, but the US “will reach a horrific point in terms of death” in the coming days and weeks.
Coronavirus — which causes a disease called COVID-19 — has spread to more 175 countries and territories, infected at least 1.2 million people, and killed upwards of 69,000. The US remains one of the worst-hit nations with north of 330,000 confirmed cases and around 10,000 deaths.
Containment measures may be paying off, but analysts warned that loosening them prematurely could have severe consequences.
“Policymakers need to be immensely vigilant and careful before they make the idea of removing the lockdown mainstream,” Aslam said in his note.
“If the second wave returns with more intensity, we could be in a for a longer period of recession.”
Here’s the market roundup as of 9:45 a.m. in London (4:45 a.m. ET):
- European equities climbed, with Germany’s DAX up 3.4%, Britain’s FTSE 100 up 1.6%, and the Euro Stoxx 50 up 3.2%.
- Asian indexes rose with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng up 2.2% and Japan’s Nikkei up 4.4%. Markets in mainland China were closed for a public holiday.
- US stocks were set to open higher, with futures underlying the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq up by 3.5% to 4%.
- Oil prices dropped, with West Texas Intermediate down 3% at $27.50, and Brent crude down 3.1% at $33.10.
- The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose to about 0.64%.
- Gold climbed 1.1% to $1,664.
- Bitcoin rose by about 4% to around $7,060.