Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments
  • Print

Markets roiled by fresh US sanctions on Russia

By YOUKYUNG LEE
The Associated Press
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/07/17/04/07/398-NCGQC.Em.55.jpeg|207
    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Asia's major stock markets mostly posted modest gains Thursday after positive U.S. corporate and economic news underpinned confidence.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/07/17/04/07/61-l5BPw.Em.55.jpeg|212
    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Asia's major stock markets mostly posted modest gains Thursday after positive U.S. corporate and economic news underpinned confidence.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/07/17/04/07/179-Sq2kv.Em.55.jpeg|210
    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Asia's major stock markets mostly posted modest gains Thursday after positive U.S. corporate and economic news underpinned confidence.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/07/17/04/07/962-10MXyS.Em.55.jpeg|208
    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Asia's major stock markets mostly posted modest gains Thursday after positive U.S. corporate and economic news underpinned confidence.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/07/17/04/07/844-Baros.Em.55.jpeg|206
    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    Pedestrians look at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Asia's major stock markets mostly posted modest gains Thursday after positive U.S. corporate and economic news underpinned confidence.

LONDON Another round of U.S. sanctions on Russia weighed on markets Thursday. News that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 had been shot down over Ukraine added to the negative tone.

Russia's MICEX index underperformed the world market, closing down 3.8 percent, a day after the latest round of U.S. sanctions, which targeted two major energy firms, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals. The U.S. penalties are meant to increase pressure to end the insurgency in eastern Ukraine believed to be supported by Moscow.

"A fresh round of sanctions against Russia has wrong-footed the market today, and helped to remove some of the complacent momentum witnessed in equities," said Brenda Kelly, chief market strategist at IG.

In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.7 percent at 6,738.32 while Germany's DAX fell 1.1 percent to 9,753.88. The CAC-40 in France ended 1.2 percent lower at 4,316.88.

In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.3 percent at 17,094 while the broader S&P 500 index fell 0.5 percent to 1,972.

Traders hammered Mattel and AutoNation after the companies reported disappointing results, while homebuilders sank on news that home construction slowed sharply last month. Over the rest of the week, earnings reports from Google and IBM are key events investors will monitor.

Earlier in Asia, most of the region's markets finished in negative territory or were little changed. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 closed 0.1 percent lower at 15,370.26 and China Shanghai Composite declined 0.6 percent to 2,055.59. Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 were little changed.

South Korea was the only major market that finished higher. The Kospi in Seoul rose 0.4 percent to 2,020.90. The market was boosted by expectations that the country's new pro-growth finance minister would introduce measures to ease housing market regulations and encourage domestic spending.

Elsewhere, trading was muted, with the euro flat at $1.3526 and the dollar down 0.3 percent at 101.36 yen.

Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama
Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
CharlotteObserver.com