1:15 PM New York – Market indexes on Wall Street dropped as much as 1.5% after fresh worries resurfaced on European bank health. Portugal suspended trading in troubled Espirito Santo after the bank failed to meet its debt obligation. U.S. weekly jobless claims declined to one of the lowest before the recession period.
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and traded down after weekly jobless claims fell last week and new bank worries surfaced in Europe.
Initial claims of weekly jobless filed last week declined 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
The weekly claims were one of the lowest before the onset of recession in 2007. The four-week moving average for new claims declined 3,500 to 31,500 last week.
Market indexes on Wall Street declined after fresh worries surfaced on the health of European banks.
The parent of Portugal based Espirito Santo failed to meet its debt obligation today forcing the Portuguese authorities to suspend trading in bank’s stock in Lisbon today.
Banks across Europe fell after the suspension and broader indexes in the region declined as much as 1.5%.
Tollbooth Index rose 0.6% or 59.51 to 9,433.72.
Other indexes on Wall Street, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes declined 0.4% on the worries that banks in Portugal may not be as healthy as once estimated.
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Progressive Corp (PGR
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WD-40 Company (WDFC
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In London trading, FTSE 100 index slumped 0.7% or 45.89 to 6,672.15 and in Frankfurt the DAX index declined 1.3% or 127.52 to 9,680.68.
In Paris, CAC 40 index dropped 1.2% or 49.99 to 4,309.85.
Burberry revenue climbed 17% to £370 million. Halfords declined despite revenue jumped 8%.
LSE, the operator of London Stock Exchange plunged after Qatari fold trimmed third of its stake.
Petrofac secured three-year contract for $700 million in Kuwait. Suedzucker profit tumbled 54.2% to €77 million.