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Black Monday: Tech rout pulls Dow down 700 points, Nasdaq falls 3.5%

The Nasdaq 100 Index lost 2.8% as investors continued to offload some of the bull market's biggest gainers

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US stocks tumbled to start the second quarter, as the weakness in technology shares worsened amid renewed presidential criticism of com and retaliatory tariffs from China. Treasuries pared losses and gold rallied.

All the 11 major sectors fell, with markets also coming under pressure from renewed fears of a global trade war after China imposed additional tariffs on 128 U.S. products.

fell over 700 points, or 2.97 per cent, when reports last came in.

The 500 Index slumped for the sixth time in eight days, punching through its average price for the past 200 days, a level of support that’s held in three prior bouts of selling. The index is now lower by more than 10 per cent from its January record. The Cboe Volatility Index jumped to 23.

The 100 Index lost 2.8 per cent as investors continued to offload some of the bull market’s biggest gainers. Amazon, up 50 per cent in the past year, sank after Donald Trump renewed his attack on the online retailer. slid as much as 6 per cent, while chipmakers in the 500 plunged more than 3 per cent. erased declines and gold spiked higher as the equity selling picked up steam.

“This is definitely a flight to safety type of market,” said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at Oakbrook Investments. “You’re seeing people coming out of the stocks that had been performing well. There’d been various stories that momentum was extended in the market place, and I would say today’s activity supports that trying to unwind a bit.”

Walmart fell 3.8 percent. UnitedHealth rose 1.6 percent, one of the two Dow Industrials trading higher in the session.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 3.74-to-1 ratio on the downside and for a 3.63-to-1 ratio on the

These are the main moves in markets:

Stocks

The S&P 500 Index declined 2.3 per cent as of 1:13 p.m. New York time.

The 100 was off 3.5 per cent and the fell 2.6 per cent.

The MSCI Emerging Market Index increased 0.2 per cent.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell less than 0.05 per cent to 1,124.38.

The euro climbed 0.1 per cent to $1.2333.

The British pound increased 0.3 per cent to $1.4059, the first advance in a week.

First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 23:35 IST
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