New week kicks off - 4 Things to know for today
- by Alexander Jakins
Markets woke up in a bad mood to start the week on a red note.
Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:
1. Markets colored in red
U.S. stock futures are sinking and all European markets are declining in early trading. Many key European indexes are down by about 2%.
Asian markets are also closing out the day with significant losses - the Hang Seng in Hong Kong posted the worst performance in the region, with a loss of 3.3%.
The losses come after a negative day on Friday: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 2.1%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each shed 2.5%.
While the losses are significant, it's worth remembering that every key U.S. index hit a record high within the past month. And the Nasdaq hit its highest ever level just last week.
2. Fed policy
The current market weakness can be traced back to the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. But no one is certain exactly when - some are expecting a move this month, while others don't think a rate hike will come until later in the year.
Meanwhile, Fed officials Dennis Lockhart, Lael Brainard and Neel Kashkari are scheduled to make speeches Monday.
"One problem with the Fed is that it is intellectually divided, with multiple policy channels to debate -- monetary, quantitative, regulatory. That allows for a confusing picture to emerge from comments," noted Paul Donovan, global chief economist at UBS.
3. Samsung crisis
Shares in the world's biggest smartphone maker - Samsung - plunged 7% Monday after the company told owners of its new Galaxy Note 7 phone to stop using the devices over concerns they can burst into flames while charging.
Samsung's alert urging customers to bring their Note 7 phones in for a replacement as soon as possible followed warnings from aviation authorities and airlines that the devices shouldn't be used aboard planes.
4. Earnings and Economics
Manchester United (MANU) will report quarterly results ahead of the open. The club was beaten Saturday by local rivals Manchester City.
Ahead of the report, crude oil futures are declining by about 2% to trade around $45 a barrel.
TechCrunch's Disrupt conference begins on Monday in San Francisco. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is among those scheduled to speak on the first day.
Shares in German industrial firm Linde (LNEGY) are declining by about 8% in Europe after it abandoned merger plans with U.S. rival Praxair (PX).