Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Market roundup for Sept. 10

By on September 10, 2020

SAN JUAN — The U.S. stock market reignited a sell-off Thursday. Two essential matters are impacting investor sentiment.

The U.S. Labor Department reported that new unemployment claims rose to 884,000, or 5.48%, from 838,000 the previous week, signaling recent layoffs and a possible rise in the unemployment rate.

The second issue is the Republican-controlled Senate’s failed attempt to pass a new $500 billion stimulus package. Democratic senators believe the scaled-down aid package will not be enough to tackle the magnitude of the economic hardship that the U.S. faces.

Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat announced that, after 37 years at Citi, including the last eight years as CEO, he will retire in February. Citi’s board selected Jane Fraser, Citi’s president and CEO of Global Consumer Banking, to succeed him. A member of the institution’s board, Fraser has been at Citi for 16 years, and will become the first woman CEO of a global bank. Today was an excellent day for women’s empowerment. 

On to markets:

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 27,534.58, down 405.89 points, or 1.45%.
  • The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index closed at 3,339.19, down 59.77 points, or 1.76%.
  • The NASDAQ Composite Index closed at 10,919.59, up 221.97 points, or 1.99%.
  • The Birling Capital Puerto Rico Stock Index closed at 1,550.16, down 3.86 points, or 0.25%.
  • The U.S. Treasury 10-year note closed lower, at 0.68%.
  • The U.S. Treasury 2-year note closed flat, at 0.14%.