Yesterday's trading day, the opening of the week, was negative for the markets, and the main stock indices of the world closed the day in negative territory. The main negative factor in the market is the unstable situation in Ukraine, which increases uncertainty in the markets. Additionally, macroeconomic statistical data from Japan and China also disappointed investors.
Export volumes in China fell in February by 18,1%, while analysts expected an increase of 6,8%, after the increase for 10,6% in January. Deficiency of trade balance, in turn, reached $22,98 billion in comparison with a surplus of $31,86 billion recorded in January. Data from Japan also appeared to be disappointing. Gross domestic product of the country in the fourth quarter grew, according to final data, by 0,2%, whereas analysts predicted the indicator to increase by 0,3%.
As a result, the European stock indices closed the trading session in the red zone. The index of Great Britain, the FTSE 100, went down by 0,4%, the French CAC 40 added 0,1%, and the German DAX went to a minus by 0,9%. The regional STXE 600 indicator, in turn, decreased by 0,5% and was closed on a level of 331,4 points.
American indices, following the results of the trading session, also decreased in value. The indicator of blue chips, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, lost 0,21% and was closed on a level of 16418,68 points. The index of the wide market S&P 500 went to a minus by 0,05% to the level of 1877,17 points, and the index of the hi-tech companies, Nasdaq, decreased by 0,04%, reaching a level of 4334,45 points.
The situation seems to be a bit more positive on the commodities market, where Brent and WTI are adding just a bit more than 0,25%, traded on levels of 107,80$ and 100,85$ per barrel accordingly. Gold grows by 0,42%, bargaining next to the level of 1347,09$ per troy ounce. Silver is up by 0,55% on a level of 21,02$ per troy ounce.