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MARKET REVIEW. The New York Stock Exchange opened at half mast on Monday, worried above all by disappointing figures on the Chinese economy, while the situation in Afghanistan darkened the mood of investors a little more.

For its part, the Toronto Stock Exchange begins its day down when virtually all of its sectors are in the red.

The clues

the S & P / TSX of Toronto gave 58.28 points, or 0.28%. The composite index has accumulated 20,459 points.

In New York, the S&P 500 was down 19.26 points, or 0.43%, to 4,448 points.

the Dow jones lost 134 points, or 0.38%, to 35,381 points.

the Nasdaq fell 137.21 or 0.93% to 14,685 points.

The context

Disappointing activity data in China weighed on the market. Retail sales growth slowed much more than expected in July to 8.5% from 11.5% expected and industrial production slowed to 6.4%, more than expected.

“This suggests that the Chinese economy is weakening and this is the main reason why the market is skeptical today,” said Peter Cardillo of Spartan Capital.

These data “show that there was also a downward revision of Chinese GDP projections in the third quarter,” warned Karl Haeling of LBBW.

The situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban forces took control, “triggered some geopolitical angst” in the market, in the words of Patrick O’Hare of Briefing, without however becoming a fear factor.

Yields on ten-year Treasuries edged down to 1.22% from 1.27% showing that some investors were turning to Treasuries for their safe haven.

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“I’ve seen a few comments that the turmoil in Afghanistan may have played into bond yields rallying, but I don’t think it’s going to last,” said Karl Haeling.

“Afghanistan is such a small economy and is not connected to the global economy, I don’t think it’s going to have an impact,” said the analyst.

“What’s going on is embarrassing for the United States and it’s very sad, but I don’t think it’s going to have a lasting impact on the market,” he continued.

“If things were to get worse, it could become a problem for the market,” added Peter Cardillo.

Investors were also on alert vis-à-vis the American Central Bank (Fed), which could announce its plans to reduce its monetary support as early as next month.

“The consensus is growing on the fact that the Fed could announce a decrease in its asset purchases in September,” according to the Spartan Capital analyst.

Side shares, Tesla lost 4.79% to 682.76 dollars. The American road safety agency (NHTSA) announced Monday the opening of a preliminary investigation into the driving assistant of the manufacturer of electric vehicles, known as “Autopilot”, after a series of eleven accidents.



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