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Trade war fears, looming iPhone production cuts weigh on Wall Street

Investors were also cautious ahead of a contentious G7 summit in Canada, with Donald Trump lashing out at Canada and the European Union on Friday, raising the specter of a trade war

Reuters 

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U.S. stock indexes dipped on Friday as fears over a trade war escalated ahead of the in Canada and shares of Apple and its suppliers fell, following a report that the maker was planning to produce fewer phones this year.

Apple Inc was down 1.6 percent after a newspaper report said the company had asked its supply chain to manufacture about 20 percent fewer components for iPhones in the latter half of 2018.

Investors were also cautious ahead of a contentious in Canada, with U.S. President lashing out at Canada and the on Friday, raising the specter of a trade war.

"I suspect that expectations from the G7 have been reduced," said Eric Wiegand, senior portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.

"Expectations have been very modest that there will be much of a productive nature to these meetings, the tether of the meeting will most likely mirror the heightened trade tensions."

Trade war fears have rattled the broader market through the year as Trump's "America First" policies risk creating a schism between U.S. and its trade partners.

Despite these worries, the S&P 500 technology index has far outperformed the broader market and went on a six-day rally before taking a pause on Thursday and Friday.

After touching record highs in the week, the tech-heavy Composite index also fell on Friday, with investors moving money from technology and small caps to the Dow and S&P.

"The technology sector has demonstrated tremendous leadership in the year to date, and longer, so it is not surprising to see them pause," Wiegand added.

At 11:23 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 6.89 points, or 0.03 percent, at 25,234.52, the S&P 500 was down 1.91 points, or 0.07 percent, at 2,768.46 and the Composite was down 11.52 points, or 0.15 percent, at 7,623.56.

Investors are eyeing next week's U.S. Federal Reserve meeting on interest rates and an unprecedented U.S.-summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

While the Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates for the second time this year, the focus is on whether it will hint at rates being raised a total of four times in 2018.

U.S. chipmakers Qualcomm, Intel and Broadcom were also lower, following the Apple report.

was nearly a percent lower after the company named chief technology officer and former Ericsson boss Hans Vestberg as its new chief executive officer on Friday,

shares rose 2 percent after boosting quarterly dividend by 6.5 percent to $1.14 a share.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.02-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and for a 1.06-to-1 ratio on the

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 23:20 IST
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