Stock dive as trade tensions heat up between US and China
07 April, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Kristi Dunn
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 450 points and the other main indexes slipped on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat on Chinese imports revived fears of a trade war between the two countries. The NASDAQ and the S&P 500 also reversed their morning declines to close the day up 1.45% and 1.16% respectively.
The market also seemed to take comfort from the fact that the effective date of China's move depends on when the USA action takes effect and Washington has a two-month window for public comment and consultation. In the absence of new all-time highs, stock fans on bear watch should be waiting for the 21,293.37 level in the Dow and 2,298.30 in the S&P.
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Separately, Brookstone Capital Management bought a new stake in shares of Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 1.25X Shares in the 4th quarter worth approximately $5,814,000. Technology companies, banks, industrial and health care stocks sank. While annual growth in average hourly earnings rose to 2.7 percent, it stayed below the 3 percent that economists estimate is needed to lift inflation toward the Federal Reserve's 2-percent target.
China's tariffs on USA soybean exports led to bets that higher domestic reserves would lower food costs for meat producers such as Tyson Foods (Frankfurt: 870625 - news), Hormel, Sanderson Farms and Pilgrim's Pride, helping those stocks. Heating oil lost 2 cents to $1.96 a gallon. Boeing (BA.N), the single largest USA exporter to China, fell 2.5 percent.
The trade tensions overshadowed the latest U.S.jobs report, which showed hiring cooled by more than forecast in March. All components of the Philadelphia chipmakers index trading premarket were lower, led by AMD's 4 percent drop. The S&P 500 fell 0.31 per cent to 2,654.7 and the Nasdaq Composite declined 0.26 per cent to 7,058.23. The company admitted it made a "huge mistake" in not focusing more on potential abuse of users' personal information.
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