Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

US Stocks Slide, Weighed Down by Real Estate, Utilities

US Stocks Slide, Weighed Down by Real Estate, Utilities US Stocks Slide, Weighed Down by Real Estate, Utilities
Russell Knight | 31 January, 2018, 22:45

Even though the bears gave the tiniest of roars today (Jan. 30), sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index down 1% and the Dow Jones Industrials index down 1.4%, this kind of one-day drop is far from a crash or crisis.

According to Bespoke Investment Group the S&P 500 could end its record streak without consecutive declines of 0.5 per cent. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index shed 0.06%, while on the mainland, the Shanghai composite edged down 0.26%.

Shares of UnitedHealth were the worst performers on the Dow, falling 4.4 percent.

The Cboe Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term volatility for US stocks, closed up 2.76 points, or almost 25 percent, at 13.84, its highest close since August 18.

In the broad market, the health care, energy and financial sectors led losses for the day.

US stock index futures rose on Wednesday, after two days of steep losses, boosted by a controversy-free State of Union speech by President Donald Trump, with investors turning their focus back to quarterly earnings and monetary policy.

Hamas 'undeterred' by United States terror designation
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas official, told Reuters on Wednesday that the usa terrorist designation of Haniyeh was "worthless". He added that Haniya is an "icon of resistance" and that is "something he and we are all proud of".

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Position Cut by HighTower Advisors LLC
The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Tuesday, September 19 with "Buy". (NYSE:WMT) rating on Monday, May 16. The stock decreased 0.06% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $107.66. (NYSE:WMT) for 50,322 shares.

He said some investors were likely to be cashing in on their gains. The benchmark 10-year yield broke above 2.7 percent to reach its highest level since April 2014.

Harley-Davidson dropped 8.1 percent after the motorcycle maker forecast a drop in shipments this year.

The Fed is expected to leave rates unchanged but the focus will be on its gauge of inflation, which remains below its target, the risks to economic outlook, and any assessment of the impact of the US tax overhaul on growth. Bond yields have been moving steadily higher over the past few months, making bonds more appealing to investors seeking income. However, the pace of the rise in yields may create significant headwinds for equities in the days to come, especially if USA 10-year yields break above 3%, a very critical physiological level in my opinion.

A Commerce Department report Monday showed consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, increased 0.4 percent last month - in line with estimates and compared with November's 0.8 percent rise. Yields rise as bond prices fall.

CURRENCIES: The dollar, which fell sharply last week, declined to 108.78 yen from 108.94 yen late Monday. On the Nasdaq, 2,201 issues fell and 691 advanced. The Dow has lost 540 points in two days. The euro was unchanged at $1.2403.

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