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U.S. markets climb after a needed dose of positive consumer data

November 16, 2021, 11:24 PM UTC

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Good evening, Bull Sheeters. This is Fortune finance reporter Rey Mashayekhi, filling in for Bernhard with a special PM edition of the newsletter.

Tuesday saw the global markets rebound from Monday’s tepid performance, with U.S. exchanges in a more bullish mood after a much-needed dose of upbeat economic data. Meanwhile, Europeans are now facing even more expensive energy prices, and Asian hedge funds are seeking to capitalize on the Evergrande debt crisis.

Markets update

U.S.

  • The markets in New York were up across the board Tuesday, on the back of positive consumer spending data as we enter the holiday season. The Dow rose nearly 0.2%, the S&P gained 0.4% and the Nasdaq climbed 0.8%.
  • Tesla got its market cap back over $1 trillion after gaining 4% on the day, even as CEO Elon Musk sold another $930 million worth of company stock. But the electric automaker is now facing a lawsuit from JPMorgan Chase, which is seeking more than $162 million in damages due to an alleged breach of contract over Tesla stock warrants.
  • In other EV news on Wall Street, Lucid saw its market valuation surpass Ford’s on the strength of a bullish earnings report, while Rivian is now the third-most valuable carmaker in the world after eclipsing Volkswagen.
  • Peloton is planning to raise $1 billion through a new stock offering, just weeks after the exercise equipment company claimed it didn’t need more capital.

Europe

  • The European bourses mostly climbed on the day. While London’s FTSE slipped 0.3%, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.6%, the CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.3%, and the pan-European STOXX 600 picked up. 0.2%.
  • The Eurozone’s GDP grew 2.2% in the third quarter.
  • European natural gas prices soared after German regulators suspended the certification process for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia.
  • Private equity giant Carlyle Group is reportedly nearing a $2 billion deal to acquire Swiss industrial software provider AutoForm Engineering.

Asia

  • Asian markets were mixed. Tokyo’s Nikkei notched up 0.1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng spiked 1.3%, while on mainland China, Shanghai’s SSE Composite fell 0.3% and Shenzhen’s SZSE Component slipped nearly 0.2%. South Korea’s KOSPI ticked down less than 0.1%.
  • Gaming hardware firm Razer’s shares climbed 11% after reports that a consortium is looking to take the company private in a deal valuing it at $4.5 billion.
  • The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world’s largest bank by assets, has been ordered by the Federal Reserve to fix risk management deficiencies in its U.S. operations.
  • One of Asia’s oldest hedge funds, Hong Kong-based LIM Advisors, is snapping up distressed Chinese debt amid the fallout from the Evergrande debt crisis.

Elsewhere

  • Gold dipped slightly, to around $1,850/ounce.
  • The dollar continued to rally.
  • Crude oil notched upward, with Brent settling north of $82/barrel.
  • Crypto slid sharply, with Bitcoin plunging below $60,000 at one point.

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Rey Mashayekhi
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rey.mashayekhi@fortune.com

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