Dow, S&P 500 Dip Amid Volatility In US Stocks

Dow, S&P 500 Dip Amid Volatility In US Stocks

Dow, S&P 500 Dip Amid Volatility In US Stocks

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 8, 2018. Wall Street stock indexes repeatedly swung from positive to negative territory during Tuesday's session while the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a more than 1,100-point difference between its intraday high and low. Worries about the bond market are driving another wave of selling on Wall Street. Combine that with Friday's losses, and the total loss was roughly 6% in two days.

Investors say Monday was the first real setback in nearly a year and many experts anticipated a market correction was coming. Those included technology companies, banks, and retailers and travel companies and homebuilders. This is a huge jump from 14 on Friday.

Still not convinced? After the crashes in 1987 and 2000, the Federal Reserve began to cut interest rates, which gave further gains to bonds.

Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management, said the plunge wasn't caused by inflation fears alone.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank 1,032.89 points, or 4.1 per cent, to 23,860.46. Boeing, Goldman Sachs and Home Depot took some of the worst losses. It hasn't been that low since mid-November.

"What we're seeing is an attempt at stabilization in USA equity prices following a very sharp selloff", said Peter Kenny, senior market strategist at Global Markets Advisory Group in NY. "In January we talked about fear of missing out". "I don't know if it's over, but a market range may be established".

The losses were broad.

The S&P 500 posted 1 new 52-week highs and 38 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 17 new highs and 164 new lows. Shares of the companylost more than 3% after the miss. The company also issued a disappointing forecast. The company's stock closed the trade by almost 10% jump, after dropping by 4% before the start of the session. That's less than the 10 percent seen as a correction. The stock dropped $28.24 to $59.80.

Dow, S&P 500 Dip Amid Volatility In US Stocks

Twitter soared 26 percent early Thursday after reporting its first-ever quarterly profit. Its fourth-quarter revenue was also better than expected. "As it approaches 3 percent, concerns about inflation and competition for stocks by fixed income securities are increasing".

Elsewhere in commodities, the March crude contract was down 64 cents to US$61.15 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down one cent to US$2.70 per mmBTU.

The White House said in a statement that President Trump was focused on "our long-term economic fundamentals, which remain exceptionally strong". That also sent the pound higher. The FTSE 100 suffered its worst day since the Brexit vote, closing down 2.64% at a nine-month low of 7,141, while Germany's Dax fell 2.32% and the French Cac 40 was 2.4% lower.

Apple climbed 4.2 percent, while Microsoft and Amazon gained 3.8 percent each.

Bond prices wobbled and turned higher.

Benchmark Treasury yields rose after the Treasury Department sold new 10-year notes to soft demand and the US Senate reached a budget deal, possibly adding to pressure on stocks.

Like many others, BlackRock analysts described the rout as a buying opportunity, seeing the leveraged products moves as essentially driven by jitters over recent equity gains on one hand, and the possibility of higher interest rates on the other.

Earlier European shares closed up 2.0 percent, snapping a seven-day losing streak, while a world stock index was up slightly. The dollar index rose 0.61 percent, with the euro down 0.68 percent to $1.2292.

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