Stocks Drop on China Data

日付 : 2019/10/19 @ 06 : 23
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By Alexander Osipovich and Max Bernhard 

U.S. stocks fell Friday on global growth worries, but the S&P 500 still closed the week with gains after a strong kickoff to corporate earnings season.

The declines came after fresh Chinese growth data sparked concerns about the world's No. 2 economy and a slew of negative headlines pummeled some of the biggest U.S. companies.

The broad stock market index fell 11.75 points, or 0.4%, to 2986.20. Its 0.5% increase for the week marked the second consecutive week of gains and was largely tied to upbeat quarterly earnings reports from banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 255.68 points, or 0.9%, to 26770.20, dragged down by sharp drops in Boeing and Johnson & Johnson. The Nasdaq Composite declined 67.31 points, or 0.8%, to 8089.54.

All three indexes are within 3% of July's all-time highs, showing the resilience of the U.S. stock market despite concerns about slowing growth at home and abroad.

Among Friday's movers, Boeing shares tumbled $25.06, or 6.8%, to $344 after the disclosure of instant messages from 2016 suggesting that the aircraft maker unintentionally misled regulators over the safety of a key system on its 737 Max.

Johnson & Johnson shares slumped $8.47, or 6.2%, to $127.70 after the company said it was recalling one lot of baby powder--about 33,000 bottles--after tests found small amounts of chrysotile asbestos.

Technology stocks were broadly lower, with Netflix down $18.05, or 6.2%, to $275.30 after several analysts cut their price targets for the streaming-video company.

Of the 73 companies in the S&P 500 that reported earnings through Friday, more than four-fifths topped analysts' expectations, according to Refinitiv. That's largely because expectations came down so much in recent months.

Besides the banks, Coca-Cola, United Airlines Holdings and UnitedHealth Group are among the stocks that rallied this week on better-than-expected results.

The parade of positive corporate news helped ease some of investors' jitters over the trade dispute with China. Following a preliminary agreement last week, President Trump has said he could sign a "phase one" deal with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in November.

"Some of the headwinds around concerns of a slowing U.S. economy and trade tensions have slowed a bit this week," said Philip Blancato, CEO and president of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management.

Overseas, Chinese stocks dropped sharply after data showed the Chinese the economy slowed further in the third quarter. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.3%, its biggest decline in a month.

Fresh data showed that China's economy grew 6% in the quarter as business activity continued to deteriorate. Each quarterly slowdown in Chinese growth has pulled the country's economic performance to new lows not seen since the current measure of output was adopted in 1992.

"The figures are painting markets in red today," said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior analyst at London Capital Group. "Pulling below 6% would be really bad for investor sentiment, not only in China, but globally."

The benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.3%. In the U.K., the FTSE 100 dropped 0.4% and the pound climbed 0.5% against the dollar.

Investors are watching developments closely before U.K. lawmakers vote Saturday on a draft Brexit agreement struck with the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to muster enough support for the deal in the U.K. Parliament.

The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasurys slipped to 1.747% from 1.757% on Thursday. Bond yields move in the opposite direction from prices.

In commodities, U.S. crude futures fell 0.3% to $53.78 a barrel. Gold futures slipped 0.3% to $1488.20 a troy ounce.

Write to Alexander Osipovich at and Max Bernhard at


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 18, 2019 17:08 ET (21:08 GMT)

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