Dow ends brutal session with 3.2% loss, Nasdaq -4.1%

11 Octobre, 2018, 04:01 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

Stocks had come close to big drops in the last few days, but each time they recovered some of their losses. "Since the market bottomed in March 2009, it's been more than 10 years of growth stocks leading the way non-stop". "The market's starting to say that the glass may be half empty".

Tech stocks in the S&P 500 fell 2.5 percent Wednesday for the steepest loss among the 11 sectors that make up the index. The benchmark USA stock index hadn't suffered a five-day losing streak since November 2016, just before the presidential election. Technology companies were among the losers, with the Nasdaq Composite dropping more than 2% to 7,575.34.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 831.83 points, or 3.1 percent, to 25,598.74.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged more than 800 points, its worst drop in eight months, led by sharp declines in technology stocks.

The S&P 500 was down 55 points, or 1.9 percent, at 2,824-on pace for its worst day since June.

Netflix shares fell by 6pc and have now fallen by 12pc in the last five days.

Alibaba dropped 4.1 percent after Morgan Stanley and Raymond James cut their near-term profit estimates on the Chinese e-commerce company, citing a softer economic environment in China.

The benchmark ASX 200 has dropped 2 per cent on opening to 5,926, while the All Ordinaries index has slipped a similar amount to 6,034 points. Snap, the parent company of the messaging app Snapchat, fell 4.8pc and sank to a new all-time low.

Insurance companies dropped as Hurricane Michael continued to gather strength and came ashore in Florida bringing winds of up to 155 miles an hour. Berkshire Hathaway dipped 4.7 percent to $213.10 and reinsurer Everest Re slid 5.1 percent to $217.73.

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Earnings were a major driver of the market last quarter, and analysts see more robust results ahead, even if companies face growing issues like the yet-to-be-resolved trade war and higher raw-materials costs.

That all played into a market that is increasingly anxious about global growth after warnings from the International Monetary Fund this week and a rise in Treasury yields to a more than 7-year high above 3 percent that signals a tightening of available capital globally. Yields on 3-year notes have recently traded just above 3.0 percent, providing long-absent competition for investment returns with equities.

Gina Martin Adams, the chief equity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, said investors are concerned about the big increase in yields, which makes it more expensive to borrow money. "Semiconductors have the most exposure to China out of segments in the S&P 500".

Earlier on Wednesday, Sears Holdings plunged on reports that the struggling retailer is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe fell percent, its biggest single-day fall since February.

In New Zealand, Bascand said there had a been a fall in business confidence and while this was not based on a recession there were concerns about higher costs for doing business and numbers crunched by his firm showed profit expectations were now 3.3 per cent lower than three months ago.

Sears has closed hundreds of stores and sold several famous brands or put them on the block as it sees more customers abandon its stores. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, lost 2.2 percent to $83.09 a barrel in London.

Wholesale gasoline shed 2.7 percent to $2.02 a gallon. Heating oil fell 1.2 percent to $2.39 a gallon. Microsoft gave up 3.3 percent.

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