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Wall Street slump continues Monday as stocks plunge

Wall Street recovers dives as volatility continues Wall Street slump continues Monday as stocks plunge
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2018, 01:38

U.S. stock markets appear to be stabilising following a major downturn which has triggered turmoil in financial indices around the world.

The drop in early trading Tuesday marked the third straight day of steep declines.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 75 points at 2 p.m. EST.

USA stock futures pointed to a third day of losses at the opening on Tuesday, deepening a correction to the stock market's long-running rally that saw the biggest intraday fall in history for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday.

"The Dow is just a composite of 30 stocks, the S&P is 500 stocks".

Wholesale gasoline lost 4 cents to $1.81 a gallon. Monday was particularly brutal: the index tumbled a record 1,175 points.

However, he added that it was too early to tell if the highs for 2018 have already been seen, and too early to tell if a corrective of 10% off the highs is going to be enough.

Many investors have been anxious that creeping signs of higher inflation and interest rates could derail the market's record-setting rally. The index had cut below its 50-day moving average in heavy trade Monday.

Between the day's highs and lows, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in an nearly 1,000-point range. It's switched between gains and losses several times since then.

This was known as the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that marked the start of the Great Depression.

Analysts believe the market may be correcting itself after a steady stream of recent gains, but warn to watch out for volatility in the days and weeks ahead.

And, as in the past year, those rising earnings were one of the main points many stock market strategists mentioned on Monday morning as to why any massive market sell-offs were unlikely.

This results in higher borrowing costs for companies, including the healthcare industry when it looks for capital to expand or acquire.

Travel bookings site TripAdvisor was one of only two S&P 500 companies that finished higher on Monday. On Tuesday, it rallied another US$5.57, or 15.6 per cent, to US$41.19.

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The market fell by 12.82 per cent, and things barely improved the next day with another 11.73 per cent drop.

Benchmark 10-year note yields pulled back after surging to 2.885 per cent overnight, the highest since January 2014.

Mr Brown said he was not hugely convinced by the argument that investors were dumping stocks to move into bonds, among other asset classes.

James McBride, an analyst with The McBride Group, said the slump began on Friday as investors anxious higher inflation and interest rates could derail long-running gains. They've been behind the curve and slow to raise rates.

Mona Mahajan, investment strategist with Allianz Global Investors in NY, said: "When you have rates moving upwards, typically what happens is that financial conditions tighten, things like bank lending, mortgage lending start to slow and then the economy is at risk of a potential downturn". "Corrections are caused by people having to reposition for new environments".

The reason has to do with inflation, which has been missing the past few years but some fear is coming back.

The market had closed down 1.7 per cent on Monday, hitting its lowest level since mid-September.

Oil prices also weighed on the index, with benchmark US crude down 1.3 per cent to $63.33 per barrel. The markets have been unusually calm since late 2016, and he said investors were betting that would continue.

Another safe haven - gold - was up for the fourth day in the last five, to $1,340 United States an ounce.

Among the biggest losers Tuesday was Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock average, which ended 4.7 percent lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng skidded 5.1 per cent and South Korea's Kospi declined 1.5 per cent.

In Europe, Germany's DAX fell 2.3 percent and the CAC 40 in France lost 2.3 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 8 points, or 0.3 percent, at 2,639.

The dollar fell to 109.12 yen from 109.70 yen. The euro fell to $1.2355 from $1.2399.

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