Wall Street down as trade tensions weigh on tech, consumer discretionary stocks
U.S. stocks fell on Monday led by declines in Apple and Amazon as investors took profits ahead of President Donald Trump`s expected announcement of new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.
All three major U.S. indexes were lower, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down the most.
China has vowed that it will not play defence in the escalating trade war, ratcheting up tensions as a new list of items subject to tariffs, including technology and consumer goods was anticipated from Washington.
Consumer discretionary <.splrcd> and technology <.splrct> were the biggest percentage losers on the S&P 500, falling 1.0 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
"There`s the overhang of a potential trade war, which is obviously what`s keeping the market suppressed," said Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Asset Management in New York.
All of the so-called FAANG group of momentum stocks were trading lower. Netflix
"When you see some of these names that have been up 40, 50, 60 percent year-to-date, taking some profit is the prudent thing to do," Pursche added.
Retailers including Macy`s Inc
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> fell 58.47 points, or 0.22 percent, to 26,096.2, the S&P 500 <.spx> lost 11.74 points, or 0.40 percent, to 2,893.24 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 81.21 points, or 1.01 percent, to 7,928.84.
Of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors, six were lower.
The CBOE Volatility index <.vix>, a gauge of investor anxiety, rose 1.02 points, posting its first increase in six sessions.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.28-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.65-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 33 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 44 new highs and 68 new lows.
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