Wall Street shares plunged on Monday as investors fled technology stocks amid resurgent trade war worries, with key indexes trading below their 200-day moving averages and the S&P 500 closing below that pivotal technical level for the first time since Britain`s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016.
The first trading day of the second quarter began with a broad selloff concentrated in the technology and consumer discretionary sectors, as losses by Amazon.com
"It’s more complicated than just a tech selloff. What`s hurting everything is that the S&P went through its 200-day moving average," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. "That attracts momentum sellers and they don`t care what the fundamentals are."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> fell 458.92 points, or 1.9 percent, to 23,644.19 after dipping below its 200-day moving average. The S&P 500 <.spx> fell 58.99 points, or 2.23 percent, to 2,581.88 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 193.33 points, or 2.74 percent, to 6,870.12.
All 11 major sectors of the S&P 500 closed lower, with the biggest losses seen by the consumer discretionary <.splrcd> and technology <.splrct> indexes, which were down 2.8 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq was dragged lower by Microsoft
Shares of Tesla Inc
The electric automaker`s losses extend last week`s near 14-percent decline as investigations of a fatal California crash and a Moody`s credit downgrade weighed on the stock.
Health insurer Humana Inc`s
U.S. Treasury yields
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 4.17-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 4.14-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
Volume on U.S. exchanges was 7.71 billion shares, compared to the 7.29 billion average over the last 20 trading days.
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