The Bottom Line
- S&P 500 down –1.82%
- Stoxx Europe 600 down –1.14%
- Shanghai Composite Index down –2.13%
So What Happened?
Global stocks had a case of the Mondays, most notably in the U.S. and Europe where markets were down –1.66% and –0.73%, respectively. Today’s results appear to be driven by further discord over U.S. and Chinese trade. As we cautioned last week, the market has become very sensitive to any updates on the trade war.
In fact, just four days ago we reported the S&P 500 gained +1.06% on the heels of supposedly cooling tensions between the world’s two largest economies. The excitement was short-lived, however, as news reached the U.S. that a weekend summit between world leaders in Papua New Guinea had turned sour. U.S. officials further pleaded their case in front of 21 world leaders labeling Chinese trade practices as predatory, while Chinese officials lambasted the $250 billion of tariffs the U.S. has slapped on Chinese goods. The lack of concession on either side has Wall Street worried this month’s highly-anticipated meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump will end in a stalemate, providing no end in sight to the ongoing trade war.
These concerns trickled down to the U.S. stock market as widespread declines in technology companies dragged down the overall market today. Specifically, the tech-heavy NASDAQ index closed down -3.03% on concerns that the trade war will curb global demand and disrupt supply chains. With today’s retreat the tech sector has now crossed into “correction” territory (greater than a -10% decline) over the past three months. Despite the recent slump, the NASDAQ is still up +1.81% year-to-date. The S&P 500, on the other hand, is now essentially flat for the year at +0.64%.
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