Stock and cryptocurrency markets on Thursday saw volatility, after experiencing fluctuations during the tensions between China and Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday. Major indexes like the S&P 500, Dow Jones, and NYSE have shed a few percentages today, while the global cryptocurrency market capitalization lost 2.5% in 24 hours, dropping to just above the $1.1 trillion range. Precious metals, on the other hand, traded higher as U.S. president Joe Biden’s administration declared the Monkeypox virus a public health emergency in the United States.
China and Taiwan Tensions and Monkeypox Reports Cause Stock and Crypto Prices to Fluctuate, Precious Metal Markets Rise Catching ‘Safe-Haven Demand’
Stock and crypto traders faced some headwinds on August 4, the day after the American representative from California, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan to discuss democracy with the Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Global markets saw some fluctuations before the U.S. diplomat visited Taipei and during the visit on Wednesday as well.
Equities and precious metals markets slid the day before on August 3, while the crypto economy managed to consolidate for another day. U.S. equities markets took a dip again on Thursday as the Dow Jones dropped 85 points lower during the afternoon (EST) trading sessions. Cryptocurrencies followed the drop in stock markets during the course of the day.
Dow Jones Industrial Average Index on August 4, 2022.
While Nasdaq was up, the S&P 500, NYSE, and many other stocks saw losses during the course of the afternoon trading sessions. The crypto economy saw losses as well, as the entire lot of digital assets lost 2.5% in the last 24 hours against the U.S. dollar.
The leading crypto asset bitcoin (BTC) slipped 5% on Thursday afternoon from $23,548 to $22,395 in value. Ethereum (ETH) too lost 5% today after tapping a 24-hour high at $1,666 per unit down to a low of $1,545 per coin. Out of the top ten crypto market cap contenders, solana (SOL) lost the most losing 5.6% during the day and polkadot (DOT) shed 5.5%.
BTC/USD 4-hour chart on on August 4, 2022.
In Europe, the Ukraine-Russia war rages on and tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated this week. While Asia deals with the tensions, Europe is dealing with an energy crisis and a recession. The U.S. is also dealing with what many believe is a recession even though American bureaucrats and their experts have stated otherwise.
Three out of the four top indexes on Thursday saw more losses after a turbulent day prior. Losses are being blamed on tensions between China and Taiwan, Monkeypox, and the upcoming July jobs report.
On Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department published the weekly jobless claims data, which notes claims increased by 6,000 to 260,000. As the weekend approaches, stock traders have been interested in America’s July jobs report, which is due to be published on Friday. A couple of hours before the closing bell on Thursday, a few of the top Wall Street indexes like the Dow, and the S&P 500 rebounded slightly. By the end of Wall Street’s trading day on Thursday, three out of the four major indexes were down.
Gold price on August 4, 2022.
Meanwhile, gold and silver markets saw some relief on Thursday as both assets climbed higher. Gold’s price per ounce jumped 1.64%, while silver’s value per ounce against the U.S. dollar increased 1.04%. On August 4, Kitco’s Jim Wyckoff attributed the precious metals spike to tensions in Asia when he said that gold and silver prices were higher in the U.S. due to “on safe-haven demand as China-Taiwan-U.S. tensions have escalated this week.”
Furthermore, on Thursday, reports detail that the U.S. has officially declared the virus Monkeypox a public health emergency. The Washington Post (WP) reporter Dan Diamond explained that “two officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity” said that the Biden administration would declare monkeypox an outbreak and a public health emergency. Diamond wrote that the message would stem from the White House Health and Human Services secretary Xavier Becerra.
Following the report, Becerra ended up declaring monkeypox a public health emergency in the U.S., during an afternoon news briefing. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” the health secretary stressed to the press.