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US Market Indexes Lower Wednesday

09 February 2018

Shares of stocks from the consumer, material, and technology sector logged a gain of around 1.7% on the S&P 500 index while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 567 points which are its biggest rally in two years.

The Dow's free fall Monday, which erased its gains for the year, caused a rift in global trading Tuesday - with the Stoxx Europe 600 dipping 2.2 percent and markets in Japan and Hong Kong falling about 5 percent.

'The somewhat untidy but nevertheless more plausible explanation is that both the bond market and stock market were overdue for a correction after a remarkably placid two years'.

The benchmark Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.1 per cent, or 30 points, to 24,375.61 at after losing about 500 points at the opening of trading.

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Big dividend companies including utility and real estate companies fell, as bond yields increased after a sharp drop on Monday. The U.S. dollar remained resilient despite the stock market sell-off, which at one stage Monday saw the Dow shed 1,597 points.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.1 per cent to 6,978.21.

The losses in Asia tracked the Dow's 1,175 point plunge on Monday, its worst point drop of all time and its worst percentage decline since August 2011. It was a similar story in France and the United Kingdom, whose indices opened 3 and 2.5 percent lower respectively. The S&P 500 closed at 2,681.66 for a loss of -13.48 points or -0.50%.

While record low interest rates held, there has been much speculation about a bubble in the market as the Dow Jones has continued to climb, setting record highs. US crude fell 2.08 percent to $62.07 per barrel and Brent was last at $66.12, down 1.11 percent on the day.

"But for an idea of basis, the swings represent a move of just over 4.5 percent lower, whilst the 1987 Wall Street capitulation was 23 percent". Treasury yields were flat today while the stock market plunged. 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.

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Wall Street lost steam in afternoon trade, after USA 10-year Treasury yields rebounded to 2.836 per cent (their highest levels in four years). Schutte said that as central banks stop propping up the market, trading will probably be more volatile in the next few years.

Strategists also point out that the improving global economic outlook is a positive for stocks overall. "I'd characterize what we've seen over the previous year as abnormal", said Sameer Samana, global equity and technical strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in St. Louis.

The swoon began Friday as investors anxious that accelerating inflation and higher interest rates could derail the market's record-setting rally.

This is how many stocks in the S&P 500 index have already lost at least 20% of their value in the midst of this sell off, according to CNBC. It lost 3.4 per cent.

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US Market Indexes Lower Wednesday