Stocks Drop Sharply on U.S., Global Economic Worries

The major financial indices retreated into negative territory for the year Wednesday as a weaker outlook from the Federal Reserve and reports of a slowdown in factory output in China softened investor expectations. Among major world exchanges, only the Shanghai market gained for the day.

Adding a little impetus to the slide was a report that the nation’s trade deficit widened noticeably in June, dropping 18.8% to $49.9 billion compared to $42 billion in May. It is the largest trade gap since October 2008.

 For the day, all major U.S. indices were down (see figures below).

  8/11/10 Close 8/10/10 Close    Change Gain/Loss
DJIA   10,378.83  10,644.25    -265.42   -2.5%
NASDAQ     2,208.63    2,277.17      -68.54   -3%
S&P 500     1,089.47    1,121.06      -32.59   -2.8%

 Investors were reacting to the latest Fed comments that highlighted worries about the rate of continued growth in the United States. The news from China, it was feared, could foreshadow a slowdown in global business and job growth.

 Until Wednesday, the market had been relatively flat in August following a generally steady gain through July.

As I’ve noted before, market volatility is a continuing fact of life, but market corrections offer good opportunities to re-enter the market. I’ll be happy to review your portfolio in the light of current market trends if you wish. Just give me a call.

Randy Carver RJFS Registered Principal 

 

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