Stocks slide as hopes for US policy turn to fear

Despite an all-time high close on Wall Street Thursday, investors across Asia and Europe turned cautious on uncertainties linked to a Trump presidency, while the Mexican peso hit a fresh record dollar low.

After an initial shock, global equities rocketed Wednesday and rose further Thursday after Trump beat Hillary Clinton to the U.S. presidency, with investors hoping for business-friendly policies and measures to boost the U.S. economy, a key driver of world growth.

However, there are also worries about his plans after saying he would tear up several trade deals while ramping up import duties.

“It’s been a Trumper-thumper of a couple of days in markets,” CMC Markets analyst Jasper Lawler wrote in a note to clients.

“The Trump dump was quickly followed by the Trump jump and now it seems we’re headed into the Trump slump.”

Expectations that Trump’s plans for huge spending projects will fan prices have lit a fire under the dollar as dealers bet the Federal Reserve will hike borrowing costs more aggressively to cap inflation.

That in turn has led to fears of large capital outflows as investors go back to the U.S. for better, safer returns.

The greenback almost hit 107 yen for the first time since July on Thursday and it maintained most of the gains heading into the weekend.

The dollar meanwhile hit a new all-time high at 20.98 peso.

The unit — as well as the Mexican stock market — has been hammered by fears Trump will follow through on campaign pledges to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as pressure the country to pay billions of dollars for a giant border wall.

“The new Donald Trump vision for America is drawing the attention of international capital,” said Lawler.

“This renewed belief in a better environment for corporate America is at the expense of Europe and especially emerging markets.

“Malaysia and Indonesia have been caught in the eye of the emerging market storm. The central banks of both nations were forced to defend sliding currencies. Hot money has steamed across the Pacific into U.S. assets,” he added.

Key Figures around 1045 GMT

London — FTSE 100: DOWN 1.4 percent at 6,736.10

Frankfurt — DAX 30: DOWN 0.2 percent at 10,607

Paris — CAC 40: DOWN 0.9 percent at 4,490

EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.8 percent at 3,021.7

Tokyo — Nikkei 225: UP 0.2 percent at 17,374.79 (close)

Hong Kong — Hang Seng: DOWN 1.4 percent at 22,531.09 (close)

Shanghai — Composite: UP 0.8 percent at 3,196.04 (close)

New York — Dow: UP 1.2 percent at 18,807.88 (close)

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 106.17 yen from 106.84 yen Thursday

Euro/dollar: DOWN at US$1.0875 from US$1.0895

Pound/dollar: UP at US$1.2657 from US$1.2552

Dollar/Mexican peso: UP at 20.98 pesos from 19.63 pesos

Oil — West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 69 cents at US$43.97 per barrel

Oil — Brent North Sea: DOWN 51 cents at US$45.33

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