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US stock market drops

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US stock market drops
October 03
09:00 2019

The US stock market is still going into a nosedive. This is the worst start of the quarter in ten years. In its global sense, a slowdown in the US economy is the reason for the fall.

The report on the state of the national labor market was published yesterday. The number of jobs in the United States in September has increased 135 thousand people. Analysts were more optimistic evaluating this indicator at 140 thousand people. The index of business activity in the manufacturing sector fell in September (from 49.1 to 47.8 points). Last time such index values were observed in mid-2009. By the way, the manufacturing sector in the United States accounts for 12% of the economy.

The figures released by the US Department of Energy also became a bearish factor. The report has shown that stocks of “black gold” in the country have grown 3.1 million barrels. Real data are fundamentally different from the expert consensus forecast (1.3 million barrels).

Shares of energy companies have dropped because of this disappointing statistics. Quotes of the two largest US automakers – General Motors and Ford – have fallen 3.3% and 4%, respectively. This happened after Ford had published reports on disappointing sales over the past quarter.

The situation overseas doesn’t seem to be stable. Together with the global slowdown in the economic growth, all of these factors make analysts think that the Federal Reserve will continue to cut rates.

All major indices have shown a serious decline (at the close of trading on Wednesday):

– The Dow Jones Industrial Average index has fallen 1.86% to 26,078.62 points;

– Standard & Poor’s 500 has dropped 1.79%- to 2887.61 points;

– Nasdaq Composite is down 1.56% and amounts to 7785.25 p.

 

The material was prepared with the participation of Katya Wilson,
a leading analyst of the brokerage company UFT Group

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