The stock markets in the United States declined as investors become increasingly concern that Greece may not be able to reach a deal with its international creditors to prevent a default.
The leaders in the European Union conducted their first formal meeting regarding the possibility that Greece will default on its debt obligations, according to Reuters.
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A Greek government official denied reports that the leaders of the European Union discussed the possibility of a default. Greece is ready to submit its counter-proposals to its creditors and expects to reach a deal by June 18. The leaders of the European Union demanded Greece to present a proposal that would stabilize its debt.
Some euro-zone officials told Reuters that they discussed a series of scenarios including Greece’s potential default on a €1.6 billion payment due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the end of this month. They also considered a scenario on a further extension of the current bailout program. The officials added that a scenario that a deal would be reached next weak was least likely to happen.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Greece and its creditors to keep working on a deal. According to her, “Where there’s a will there’s a way, but the will has to come from all sides, so it’s important that we keep speaking with each other.”
Karyn Cavanaugh, a senior market strategist at Voya Investment Management, commented, “Every time we think we’re close to a deal with Greece there’s some kind of monkey wrench. The more opaque the picture becomes with Greece, the more people opine on what the potential repercussions would be, and it’s a little touch and go.”
Meanwhile, data showed that wholesale prices increased last month. The Department of Labor reported that the Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.5% in May. A separate report showed that University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment in June increased to 94.6% from 90.7% last month.
Yesterday, the Department of Commerce reported that retail sales rose 1.2% in May. Auto dealers and retailers of clothing and building materials were the biggest gainers last month.
- Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) – 17,878.84 (-0.78%)
- S&P 500- 2,094.11 (-0.70%)
- NASDAQ- 5,051.10 (-0.62%)
- Russell 2000- 1,264.94 (-0.31%)
- EURO STOXX 50 Price EUR- 3,502.77 (-0.38%)
- FTSE 100 Index- 6,784.92 (-0.90%)
- Deutsche Borse AG German Stock Index DAX- 11,196.49 (-1.20%)
- Nikkei 225- 20,407.08 (+0.12%)
- Hong Kong Hang Seng Index- 27,280.54 (+1.39%)
- Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index- 5,335.64 (+0.54%)
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