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Stocks Rise in Light of Suspected Tanker Attacks off the Coast of Iran

by Ivana Vojinovic

The alleged attacks on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz that occurred on Thursday morning spiked the oil-stock prices.

The two vessels that suffered explosions belonged to Japan and Norway. The Japanese tanker was transporting 25,000 tons of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore at the moment it caught fire. The Norwegian-owned tanker sailing under the Marshall Islands flag was carrying 75,000 tons of naphtha, a flammable petroleum product, from a UAE port to Taiwan when it got hit by an unknown object.

The effect of the events on major indexes

The U.S. reacted immediately, sending U.S. Navy rescue teams to the location and accusing Iran of the aggression. With heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, oil futures surged.

The Wallstreet’s S&P 500 Index rose by 0.4% with oil companies leading the way. The Nasdaq Composite Index ended the day with an increase of 0.6%. Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 0.4% too.

Both West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. oil benchmark and Brent Crude, the global oil producer, went up by 4.5% yesterday. The Europe Stoxx 600 oil and gas sector stocks grew by 0.2%.

Market analysts’ view of the situation

Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist of U.S. equity strategy at CFRA doesn’t foresee the Strait of Hormuz being closed as a result of these alleged tanker attacks, though he is not surprised they are influencing oil prices.

“The market seems to be ignoring China trade and geopolitical issues and focusing on the strong economy, rising productivity, and low unemployment,” he told MarketWatch.

“Two opposite forces are in the game for oil traders: the global economic slowdown and rising stockpiles pressure the oil prices downwards, while the ongoing tensions in the Middle East push the prices upwards,” said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior market analyst at London Capital Group to Business Insider on Friday morning.

Other Stocks that Budged Yesterday

When the Stock Market closed on Thursday, June 12, Target Corp. increased by 0.1% after the company said it would raise its quarterly dividend by 3.1% to 66 cents a share.

Tyson Foods Inc. shares saw an increment of 0.8%. The rise in stock prices was motivated by an announcement that the company is entering the alternative protein market with a new plant-based meat product under the Raised and Rooted brand.

RH shares swelled by 16% following the retail company’s earnings report, which surpassed the shareholders’ expectations. The retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware expressed its confidence in mitigating the negative effects of the U.S.-China trade war, saying it had taken several measures to secure its financial goals.

DryShips Inc. stocks soared by 23% after the bulk shipping company disclosed it received a buyout offer from SPII Holdings INC.

Shares of Fiverr International Ltd. went through the roof, jumping 90% to $39.90 per share after the software company made its public debut on Thursday morning. The company, which operates as a bridge between freelancers and companies seeking their services, had estimated its shares at $21 for its initial public offering.

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