5 things to know before the stock market opens on Monday February 28
Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the United States, February 25, 2022.
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U.S. stock futures fell on Monday, but traded earlier lows, after the Biden administration announced additional sanctions against Russia’s central bank following Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. On Saturday, the United States, European allies and Canada agreed to cut major Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank messaging system. Wall Street mounted a strong rally on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having its best day since November 2020. In a week of wild market swings, the Dow Jones fell slightly as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended in rise.
Monday’s new White House actions effectively ban Americans from doing business with Russia’s central bank and freeze assets in the United States. The weekend’s coordinated decision to block Russian banks from SWIFT, which stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, means they will not be able to communicate securely with banks beyond its borders.
Oil prices rose on Monday, but were trading earlier, after the SWIFT banking ban raised concerns that energy supplies could be indirectly affected. West Texas Intermediate crude, the US benchmark, rose more than 3% to around $95 a barrel. Brent, the international benchmark, more than 2% to around $100 a barrel. British energy giant BP announced on Sunday that it was offloading its 19.75% stake in Rosneft, a Russian-controlled oil company. Russia is a major supplier of oil and natural gas, especially for Europe.
4. The Russian Ruble
In the face of mounting international sanctions, Russia’s currency, the ruble, plummeted 30% on Monday. The Russian central bank raised its key rate to 20% from 9.5% on Monday in an emergency measure aimed at stemming the fall of the ruble. The Russian central bank and the Ministry of Finance have jointly ordered Russian exporting companies to sell 80% of their foreign currency earnings. The Russian stock exchange was closed on Monday. Russian ETF stocks fell 23% pre-market.
The economic fallout in Russia came as fighting in Ukraine showed no signs of abating and Russia’s Vladimir Putin put nuclear forces on high alert. Ukraine began talks near the Belarusian border with Russia on Monday in hopes of reaching a ceasefire. While Ukraine sent its defense minister and other senior officials, the Russian delegation was led by Putin’s cultural adviser, an unlikely envoy to end the war and a sign of how Moscow consider the talks.
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