The main Portuguese stock index (PSI 20) started the session this Thursday to lose 0,54%, to 4.065,64 points, in line with the main European markets.
Investors are wary after the last speech by the President of the United States Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, who pointed to the need for more stimulus to guarantee the economic recovery. This, at a time when the number of confirmed cases of new infections by Covid-19 increases worldwide. In Europe, there is already a reinforcement of social distance measures in countries like Spain.
This reinforcement is creating some anxiety for investors, especially after Powell stressed that there is a long way to go before economic recovery is achieved and, therefore, the call for further stimulus to address Covid-19's economic impact. .
Asian stock markets followed a negative performance. A verifiable trend also in Europe.
On the Portuguese stock exchange, PSI 20 is penalized by the downturns in BCP (-1,79%) and Galp (-1,76%).
Highlight for Galp, which also follows the trend of the oil market. After the words of the Fed chairman, Brent, which is traded in London and is a reference for Portugal, falls 0,93% to $ 41,39. WTI, in New York, decreased 0,86% to $ 39,56. Oil indexes suffer from weak demand prospects due to an eventual new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In PSI 20, Altri (-2%), Navigator (-1,02%) and Semapa (-0,40%) also showed considerable falls.