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Wall St closed lower overnight as the S&P 500 fell for the first time in nine trading sessions, losing 0.81%. The Dow Jones and tech-heavy Nasdaq followed suit losing 0.65% and 0.94% respectively overnight. Stocks hit session lows following Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell suggesting that more work may need to be done to lower inflation.
In terms of US shares, Disney rose 7% after reporting better-than-expected profit whist, software design company Arm dipped 6% after its first quarterly report as a public company.
European markets closed higher overnight following a series of robust corporate earnings. The STOXX600 closed 0.8% higher, led by industrials gaining 2.5%. Germany’s DAX closed 0.81% higher, the French CAC ended the trading session 1.13% in the green and over in the UK the FTSE100 gained 0.73%.
Earnings played a significant role in European market sentiment, with AstraZeneca up 2.6%.
Locally yesterday, the ASX 200 closed 0.28% higher, led by a close to 1% increase from both the health and communication services sectors. However, this was heavily offset by a 4.83% drop in the information technology sector.
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