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Dow falls 500 points as investors react to surging COVID cases

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 500 points in noon buying and selling on Tuesday with the opposite main indices falling too as investors confirmed renewed concern over surging cases of COVID-19 dragging on the worldwide financial recovery.

The Dow fell greater than 500 points, or 1.4 p.c, at one level within the afternoon whereas the S&P 500 dropped virtually 60 points, or 1.3 p.c, and the Nasdaq traded 220 points, or 1.5 p.c, decrease.

Shares of outlets and different closely cyclical firms had been among the many hardest hit, with Home Depot stock tumbling 4.6 p.c, on tempo for its greatest one-day decline since November, after the company mentioned it noticed fewer gross sales within the newest quarter.

Rival Lowe’s fell extra 5 p.c in noon buying and selling forward of its earnings announcement Wednesday.

Shares of Walmart, which additionally reported earnings Tuesday morning, had been down barely after it reported sturdy gross sales development as clients returned to shops within the newest quarter.

Those earnings stories got here amid stories that the White House will quickly advise individuals to get COVID-19 vaccine booster pictures eight months after initially getting the pictures so as to bolster safety towards the Delta variant, which has despatched cases hovering in latest weeks.

Health care shares had been among the many few brilliant spots within the market, with shares of Moderna rising virtually 6 p.c and Pfizer stock up greater than 1 p.c. Merck and Johnson & Johnson additionally traded barely increased within the afternoon.

Tuesday’s losses come after the Dow and S&P 500 each completed Monday at file highs.

The sell-off got here as investors digested new information from the Commerce Department on Tuesday that confirmed American customers pulled again their spending in July much more than economists had anticipated.

Retail gross sales for the month fell 1.1 p.c from June, the feds mentioned, a steeper decline than the 0.3 p.c drop anticipated by economists surveyed by Dow Jones, and comes after a 0.7 p.c improve in June.

A steep drop in automobile gross sales drove a lot of that decline largely due to supply-chain points and a world microchip scarcity, serving to to ship shares of automakers decrease Tuesday.

GM was final seen buying and selling 5 p.c decrease whereas Ford was down greater than 4 p.c. Shares of Tesla additionally fell 5 p.c Tuesday.

Industrials had been additionally hit onerous, regardless that a separate financial report Tuesday confirmed that industrial manufacturing rose 0.9 p.c, greater than the 0.5 p.c anticipated by economists.

Tesla shares fell 5 p.c on August 17, 2021.
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Shares of GE and Caterpillar fell about 3 p.c and 3M stock traded greater than 2 p.c decrease.

Big tech wasn’t spared both, with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple all buying and selling within the crimson.

The newest drop additionally comes after the stock market reached a crucial level earlier this week, doubling from its pandemic backside reached in March 2020.