US, UK stock futures slump after Trump tests positive for coronavirus

Author: Pearl Bantillo

2020/10/02

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--US, UK stock futures plunged on Friday after President Donald Trump tested positive of the novel coronavirus about a month before the US elections.

At 1:45 Singapore time (05:45 GMT), the US futures markets fell, with the Dow Jones Industrials down 1.85%; the S&P 500 down 1.77%; and the NASDAQ 100 was down 2.17%; while the UK’s FTSE 100 futures were down 1.29%.

In Asia, the reaction was more muted amid holidays in major markets in the northeast region, including China.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.71%, erasing early gains; while Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 1.03%.

Trump's tweet that he and his wife, first lady Melania tested positive of the coronavirus, came out early Friday afternoon in Asia.

Trump tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS [first lady of the US] and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

Republican Trump is seeking a second term as US president in an election scheduled in early November. He is vying against Democrat candidate Joe Biden.

The US is the worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, with total infections at above 7m and more than 200,000 deaths as of 1 October, data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed.

The global tally of infections stood at nearly 34m people, with the death toll at above 1m, according to WHO.

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