FTSE 100 braces after Wall Street suffers biggest selloff since 2020 Business

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Global markets suffered a sharp sell-off overnight as fears of soaring inflation and slowing economic growth rattled investors.

The war in Ukraine and the Covid lockdowns in China both weighed on sentiment, triggering the biggest rout on Wall Street since the early months of the pandemic.

Disappointing results from retail giant Target sent the benchmark S&P 500 index down 4% – its worst fall since June 2020. The tech-heavy Nasdaq plunged 5%.

Nervousness spread to Asian markets as the FTSE 100 was poised to start the day in the red.

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What happened overnight

Asian markets posted big losses early Thursday after Wall Street suffered one of its worst hits in two years in the previous session. As of Thursday morning, Hong Kong was down more than 3%, while Tokyo was down around 2.5%.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-19 06:38:22

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