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Wall Street down for third day on lingering trade worries


By Medha Singh

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell for the third straight day on Friday, as skepticism over the and reaching a trade deal before a looming deadline added to concerns over slowing global growth.

Another round of talks is set for next week in Beijing, but on Thursday fanned worries when he said he did not plan to meet Chinese before the March 1 deadline set for reaching an agreement.

If the two countries fail to reach a deal by then, additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports will come into force.

The trade-sensitive industrials shed 0.87 percent while chip stocks, which get a huge chunk of their revenue from China, also slipped. The chip index lost 1.24 percent.

"The two big headwinds we are looking at is weakening data out of the eurozone and some uncertainty around the trade dispute with creeping back into the markets," said Shawn Cruz, at in Jersey City, NJ.

"We've had a very strong move since December and a lot of money flowed into the market so it makes sense that you see a little bit of a pause while the market re-calibrates."

Interest rate-sensitive financials dropped 2 percent, weighing the most on the S&P 500, as U.S. 10-year Treasury yields fell.

Ten of the 11 S&P sectors were lower, while the was the only sector to eke out a small gain.

Trade tensions compounded the global growth fears, which resurfaced on Thursday after the cut its economic growth forecasts and the warned of Britain facing its weakest economic growth in a decade.

Still, the S&P 500 is 14.3 percent higher from the 20-month lows it hit in December, spurred by a dovish Federal Reserve, hopes of a U.S.-trade deal and largely positive fourth-quarter earnings.

With earnings season crossing its halfway mark, 71.5 percent of the S&P 500 companies that have reported beat profit estimates, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

But concerns remain about slowing Analysts now expect current-quarter profit to dip 0.1 percent from estimates of a 5.3 percent growth at the start of the year.

At 11:17 a.m. ET, the was down 247.36 points, or 0.98 percent, at 24,922.17. The S&P 500 was down 19.08 points, or 0.71 percent, at 2,686.97 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 40.69 points, or 0.56 percent, at 7,247.67.

surged 26.20 percent - the most on the S&P 500 - after the reported better-than-expected quarterly results.

gained 22.25 percent after the toymaker posted a surprise quarterly profit as it benefited from a makeover of its iconic Barbie doll.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 2.45-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and for a 1.51-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 13 new 52-week highs and two new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 20 new highs and 23 new lows.

(Reporting by and in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 22:23 IST