The Maltese market closed in the green on Monday, with the MSE total index ending the session 0.022% higher to 7,574.444 points. Only four stocks were active during the trading session. Bank of Valletta plc was down 0.42% to 0.94, HSBC Bank Malta plc however added 2.42% closing at 0.845. Malta Properties Company plc slid 7.41% to 0.50 and Malta International Airport plc closed unchanged.
European shares closed higher on Monday as China-exposed miners jumped on fresh stimulus for the world’s second-largest economy, but concerns about a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the region kept gains in check. Travel and leisure stocks SXTP fell 1.5%, continuing to slide after Britain added France and other countries to its quarantine list last week. British Airways-owner IAG fell 5.3% and InterContinental Hotels, which runs the Crowne Plaza brand, slipped 2.4% as Britain saw a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases.
U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Monday, with the S&P 500 index ending near record territory, despite a congressional stalemate over fresh stimulus to help Americans and businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3%, to end at 27,844.91. The S&P 500 index rose 0.3%, closing at 3,381.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 1%, finishing at 11,129.73.
New U.S. sanctions to slam Huawei
Ramped-up U.S. restrictions on Huawei are likely to cut off the Chinese smartphone maker’s access to even off-the-shelf chips and disrupt the global tech supply chain once again
The Trump administration on Monday expanded its curbs on Huawei and banned suppliers from selling chips made using U.S. technology to the firm without a special license – closing potential loopholes in its May sanctions that could have let Huawei access the tech via third parties.
The restrictions underscore the rift in Sino-U.S. relations, at their worst in decades, as Washington presses governments around to world to squeeze Huawei out, alleging the company would hand over data to the Chinese government for spying.
Huawei denies it spies for China.
Huawei has said it will stop making its flagship Kirin chipsets from September because U.S. pressure on its suppliers had made it impossible for its HiSilicon division to keep making the chipsets that are key components in mobile phones.
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