Social media go gaga worldwide, dollar, stocks fall as Trump hits unbeatable lead
Stocks trade has sharply dropped in mega markets, while the US dollar and Mexican peso tumble as traders wait for the outcome of the election. Already results are tilting towards trump.
Though he has refused to speak, Clinton’s campaign organization few minutes ago thanked supporters and hinted that her media team is working on a concession speech to be delivered as soon as possible.
Whereas the results kept coming in, US stock futures fell more than 4 percent, a loss reminiscent of the carnage that followed the Brexit vote in June and the US dollar has dropped and stocks have plummeted as investors faced the possibility that Republican nominee Donald Trump could win the race to the White House.
As of 04:55 GMT on Wednesday, Trump was leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 48 Electoral College votes, with a tally of 218-266. It takes 270 to win.
Already, social media in all states of US, Europe and Mexico are getting over-stretched with hits and comments over the surprise turnaround of speculations.
The summary is very simple. US citizens are looking for a change. Not minding all the media and campaign hypes.
US stock futures recoiled more than 4 percent, a loss reminiscent of the market carnage that followed the British vote to leave the European Union in June; while the Mexican peso went into near freefall as Trump secured the key state of Florida, plunging more than 10 percent against the dollar.
The peso has become a touchstone for sentiment on the election as Trump’s trade policies are seen as damaging to its export-heavy economy.
a strategist at Banorte-IXE told Reuters news agency said few minutes earlier that “There’s a lot of panic in the market. It is definitely an outcome it was not expecting,” Juan Carlos Alderete,.
But the story was very different against the safe-haven yen, with the dollar shedding 3 percent to 102.02 yen. The euro gained 1.5 percent to $1.1190.
However, the price of gold, seen as a safe place for investors’ money in times of uncertainty, soared 3.1 percent to $1,313.50 an ounce.
Meanwhile, South Korean authorities were thought to have intervened to steady their currency, and dealers were wondering if central banks globally would step in to calm nerves.
Markets fear a Trump victory could cause global economic and trade turmoil, discouraging the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates in December as long expected, and have tended to favour Clinton as a status quo candidate who would be considered a safe pair of hands at home on the world stage.
With voting completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 US states, the race was still too close to call in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, states that could be vital to deciding who wins the presidency.
Here in Nigeria, and Africa, opinion polls favoured Clinton but the reality on ground show that Americans need seriousness in their governance and were not driven by mere media and campaign gimmicks.
From all indication, unless a last minute surprise which currently has a very poor chance, Trump will be declared the winner before soon and will be sworn in as US president, come January 20, 2017.