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The Nasdaq composite ended lower for a second straight day on Wednesday as industrial stocks continued to sell off. Nasdaq fell 0.8% to 6,949.23 as shares of Amazon, Netflix and Apple fell 4.4%, 4.9% and 1.1%, respectively.
Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones closed lower. The S&P 500 index fell 0.3 percent to 2,605 as technology shares fell 0.9 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 9.29 points at 23,848.42 after strong volatility during the session. At one point, the Dow Jones rose 234.76 points and then fell 129.04 points.
Movements of stock indexes on Wednesday (Source: Bloomberg)
Amazon fell after Axios reported that President Donald Trump was “obsessed” with the company. The report also said Mr Trump wanted to go after Amazon. Shares of Amazon fell 3% in afternoon trading.
Apple shares fell after Goldman Sachs analysts predicted lower iPhone sales in March and in the first quarter of 2018. At the same time, Goldman Sachs also reduced the share price from 161 USD/share to 159 USD/share.
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Tech shares fell 3.5% on Tuesday, marking their biggest one-day drop since Feb. 8. The drop in industry shares came after Reuters reported Nvidia was temporarily suspended. Only the self-driving test.
The sell-off in the tech group was exacerbated by additional pressure from Facebook. Reports emerged last week alleging that Cambridge Analytica, an analytics firm, collected data from 50 million Facebook profiles without users’ consent. According to CNN, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to explain to Congress about the Cambridge Analytica leak.
Investors also flocked to safer traditional assets like bonds, pushing 10-year Treasury yields below 2.8%. On Wednesday, bond yields hit a seven-week low.
Meanwhile, investors around the world are keeping a close eye on global trade issues, debating the possible economic benefits if the trade war breaks out between China and the United States. This comes after President Trump signed a memorandum of understanding that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, prompting the Asian nation to retaliate.
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