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Wall Street slides on renewed U.S.-China trade fears

Reuters  |  NEW YORK 

By April Joyner

(Reuters) - Wall Street stocks sank on Thursday as worries that the and would not be able to reach a trade deal increased concerns about slowing global economic growth.

U.S. said he did not plan to meet with Chinese before the March 1 deadline set by the two countries for reaching an agreement.

U.S. stocks had already been under pressure after the slashed its euro zone growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020 due to an expected slowdown in the largest countries of the bloc, partly due to trade tensions.

"There's a resurfacing of global growth fears, which has pushed U.S. stocks down," said Veronica Willis, at Institute in St. Louis. "There are still some concerns surrounding trade, and I think those issues will linger for some time."

Stocks pared losses toward the end of the session. The benchmark hit a key technical level - 2,700 - that likely prompted buying, said Michael Antonelli, at in

Still, among the S&P 500's major sectors, only the and were positive, illustrating Thursday's risk-off sentiment.

The SE Semiconductor Index tumbled 2.2 percent. Chipmakers get a large chunk of their revenue from Chinese customers.

Disappointing financial forecasts from several U.S. companies, including Twitter Inc, have also given investors pause.

More than half of S&P 500 companies have reported fourth-quarter results, with about 71 percent beating profit estimates, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. However, current-quarter earnings growth estimates have shrunk to 0.1 percent from 5.3 percent at the start of the year.

"As earnings reports come in, there's a heightened concern that future revenue growth as well as earnings over the course of 2019 won't be as robust as investors expected," said Chad Morganlander, at in Florham Park,

The fell 220.77 points, or 0.87 percent, to 25,169.53, the S&P 500 lost 25.56 points, or 0.94 percent, to 2,706.05 and the Composite dropped 86.93 points, or 1.18 percent, to 7,288.35.

fell 2.1 percent, the largest percentage drop among S&P 500 sectors, as crude prices sank on worries of tapering demand because of trade tensions.

Twitter shares tumbled 9.8 percent after the company forecast that revenue in the first quarter would be weaker than expected and that its full-year operating costs would rise.

shares jumped 10.2 percent after the agreed to be bought for about $28 billion in stock by BB&T Corp, whose shares rose 4.0 percent.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.34-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.08-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 16 new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Composite recorded 32 new highs and 34 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 7.82 billion shares, compared with the 7.49 billion-share average over the last 20 trading days.

(Reporting by April Joyner; Additional reporting by Medha Singh, and in Bengaluru and Sinead Carew in New York; Editing by and Jonathan Oatis)

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 03:02 IST
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