Asian markets sank on Thursday after Chinese PMI data remained weak, at 47.8. The Shanghai Composite tumbled 2.1% to 2025, the Hang Seng shed 1.2% to 20591, and the Nikkei fell 1.6% to 9087. The Kospi dropped .9% to 1990, and the ASX 200 dipped .5%, as energy shares led the region lower.
In Europe, markets dropped as well, as banks came under pressure, pulling the European baking index down 2.1%. The FTSE and CAC40 both fell .6%, while the DAX closed down 1 point to 7389.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters tumbled 9.6% after Starbucks announced its own coffee brewing machine.
Bed Bath and Beyond plunged 9.8% after missing earnings forecasts.
Treasuries and Commodities
10-year notes ended flat, while 30-year notes rose 8/32 to yield 2.95%.
Gasoline jumped 3.1% to 2.9148, natural gas climbed 1.8% to 2.811, and crude oil edged up .7% to 92.94.
Copper slumped 1.1% to 3.774, silver rose .3% to 34.68, while gold ended little changes at 1768.40.
The Euro and Swiss Franc fell .6% to 1.2967 and .9331 respectively. The Australian Dollar declined .3% to 1.0426, the Yen eased .2% to 78.26, and the Pound settled flat.
Weekly unemployment claims improved by 3K to 382K, but fell short of forecasts of 374K. The Philly Fed manufacturing index rose to -1.9 from last month’s -7.1, better than expected.
No major economic reports are due on Friday. Earnings are due from Darden Restaurants, and KB Home.