News / Economy

Global Stocks Fall on US Recession, European Debt Worries

A stock broker works at the Frankfurt stock exchange, Germany, August 19, 2011
A stock broker works at the Frankfurt stock exchange, Germany, August 19, 2011

Multimedia

Global Stocks ended the week lower as fresh worries over a possible U.S. recession and Europe's debt crisis roiled markets anew. The inability of political leaders on both continents to deal with the crisis is adding to the volatility.

Renewed worries about the health of the global economy produced another roller coaster ride Friday in financial markets.  

Asian shares took a beating. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell three percent, while Japan's Nikkei lost more than two-and-a-half percent.

The main indexes in Europe extended losses from the previous day - declining more than one percent as the trading day closed.  

Howard Wheeldon, a senior strategist at BGC partners, said, "At the moment markets, when they don't see the potential for growth, they look back on themselves and when fear and the lack of understanding comes and where the politicians are going - you put all of that together - markets just run away and that's basically what we are seeing."

Wall Street added to its losses this week, following warnings from investment bank Morgan Stanley that the United States and the 17 nations that use the euro may be on the brink of a recession.

Eric Green, chief economist at TD Securities, said the U.S. economy may already be shrinking.

"With an economy operating around stall speed, you can figure anywhere between one percent and two percent, any hiccup, any shock is enough to put it into recession, so that the risk is that if things go awry in Europe, it will eventually feed through into the U.S.," he said.

Green says he's not feeling very optimistic. He blames eroding business and public confidence on the recent political drama in Washington over the U.S. debt - and the ineffective response this week by EU leaders on a debt crisis that now threatens Italy and Spain.

"What you're seeing is a crisis of confidence here and a crisis of confidence in Europe, the effects of which are now coalescing into a very rapid slowing in the economy I have never seen in my 20 years of doing this - an economy losing so much momentum so quickly, and that's worrisome," said Green.

Prospects for a slowing global economy sent oil prices below $80 a barrel. Gold hit another high Friday - above $1,880 dollars an ounce.  And the Dow lost another one-and-a-half percent Friday -  to close at 10,818 points.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
X
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid

World Currencies

EUR
USD
0.8140
JPY
USD
118.81
GBP
USD
0.6402
CAD
USD
1.1597
INR
USD
63.066

Rates may not be current.