Share markets plunged Wednesday and the dollar tumbled against the yen and the euro as Donald Trump was elected US president, in a stunning upset with major implications for the world economy.
The Mexican peso also fell to a record low as safe-haven assets soared, with gold rising more than five percent and German government bonds rallying. Fears about the impact on financial markets led Japanese and South Korean authorities to call crisis talks.
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Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 5.4 percent at 16,251.54 (close)
Hong Kong – Hang Seng: DOWN 2.2 percent at 22,415.19 (close)
Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.6 percent at 3,128.37 (close)
London – FTSE 100: DOWN 1.9 percent at 6,718.85
Dollar/Mexican peso: UP at 20.1100 from 18.6152 pesos late Tuesday
Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2500 from $1.2378 Tuesday
Euro/pound: UP at 90.07 pence from 89.03 pence
Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1243 from $1.1020
Dollar/yen: DOWN at 103.00 yen from 105.14 yen
Oil – West Texas Intermediate: DOWN $1.22 at $43.76 per barrel
Oil – Brent North Sea: DOWN $1.08 to $44.96 per barrel
New York – Dow: UP 0.4 percent at 18,332.43 (close)