Dow drops 200 points after worse-than-expected manufacturing data

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 200 points, or 0.8%. Manufacturing activity in the U.S. continued to contract last month, the Institute for Supply Management said. Sentiment was also dented after President Donald Trump said China still wants to make a deal on trade, “but we’ll see what happens.” Trade worries also offset stronger-than-expected manufacturing data out of China. The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 51.8 for November, topping a Reuters estimate


The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 200 points, or 0.8%.
Manufacturing activity in the U.S. continued to contract last month, the Institute for Supply Management said.
Sentiment was also dented after President Donald Trump said China still wants to make a deal on trade, “but we’ll see what happens.”
Trade worries also offset stronger-than-expected manufacturing data out of China.
The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 51.8 for November, topping a Reuters estimate
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Dow drops 200 points after worse-than-expected manufacturing data

Monday’s losses came after a strong performance in November. The major averages had their biggest monthly gains since June, rallying to record highs. The S&P 500 climbed 3.4% last month while the Dow advanced 3.7%. The Nasdaq rallied 4.5%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 200 points, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 pulled back 0.8% while the Nasdaq Composite traded 1.4% lower. The major averages started off the session with slight gains before turning lower.

Stocks dropped on Monday, the first trading day of December, as investors digested disappointing economic data along with the latest trade news after capping a month that featured blistering gains.

A General Motors assembly worker moves a V6 engine, used in a variety of GM cars, trucks and crossovers, from the final assembly line at the GM Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Michigan, August 21, 2019.

“The trend and momentum going into December are bullish,” said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird. “However, investor optimism is registering as excessive by many of the services we follow. While optimism is not euphoric, excessive investor optimism generally suggests a pause in a bull market.”

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. continued to contract last month, the Institute for Supply Management said. The ISM Manufacturing PMI dipped to 48.1 in November. That’s below an estimate of 49.4. Stocks hit their session lows after the data was released.

“All in all, this should take some wind out of the sails of the argument that the U.S. economy is accelerating going into the end of the year,” said Jon Hill, vice president of rates strategy at BMO Capital Markets.

Sentiment was also dented after President Donald Trump said China still wants to make a deal on trade, “but we’ll see what happens.” There is no clear indication of when both countries will be able to sign an agreement and last week saw fresh tension between Washington and Beijing after Trump signed legislation supporting protesters in Hong Kong.

That comment came after Chinese state media reported Sunday that Beijing wants a cancellation of tariffs for a phase one trade deal.

Trump also said Monday he will restore tariffs on metal imports from Brazil and Argentina. In a tweet, he said: “Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries.”

Trump noted in a separate tweet that “U.S. markets are up as much as 21%” since his first tariffs announcement on March 1, 2018, adding the U.S. is “taking in massive amounts of money.”

The percolating uncertainty around trade came despite Axios reporting, citing a source, that Trump is expected to hold off on additional tariffs against China set to kick in this month in the hopes of striking a deal before year-end.

Trade worries also offset stronger-than-expected manufacturing data out of China. The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 51.8 for November, topping a Reuters estimate of 51.4.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-02  Authors: fred imbert
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, dow, points, 200, month, came, wants, worsethanexpected, manufacturing, tariffs, optimism, trade, drops, data, trump, china


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