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Dow drops 500 points then gains it back — Volatile markets

07 Febrero 2018

Health-care stocks staged a recovery as the biggest gainers on the index, led by marijuana producers. "They're functioning very well and we continue to believe in the long-term impact of the stock market".

When the Fed raises rates, the cost of borrowing money increases.

The statement cited strengthening economic growth, low unemployment and increasing wages for workers. Such declines happen so regularly that analysts have a name for them: a market correction.

U.S. stocks swooned Friday and Monday as investors worried that accelerating inflation and higher interest rates could derail the market's record-setting rally.

Global markets are under pressure.

Bitcoin has slumped in recent sessions as a risk-off mood spread across financial markets. Church & Dwight and TripAdvisor were the only two stocks in the benchmark index to finish higher, gaining 2.63% and 3.64%.

European markets were lower, but not as much as Asia. Boeing lost 2 percent and Caterpillar was down 1 percent.

As trading gets underway on Wall Street stocks are starting to recover some of yesterday's big losses with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 1.3% to 24,653.36. The S&P 500 is up nearly 292 percent since bottoming in early 2009. The Dow had never lost more than 777 points in a single day.

The rout in US markets continued to ripple around the globe, reports CNN.

In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.11 cents US, down 0.67 of a U.S. cent.

Traders saw the Dow drop 1,175 points amid a sell off rush.

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They now predict there may be a few more interest rate rises on the horizon.

Monday's decline was 4.6%.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared at a previously scheduled hearing on Capitol Hill, where he urged lawmakers to focus on the economy's strong fundamentals.

"It's been a crazy period and today the market is probably just trying to find some footing", said John Lynch, chief investment strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fidelity International's James Bateman said the prospect of inflation remaining low forever could not last. This sends it directly to a four-year high.

The price of gold, which is another haven was also slightly higher on Monday. The S&P 500 lost 4.1% to 2,648.94, also its largest fall since August 2011.

The selling has persisted into European trading hours, though at a more moderate pace. If the S&P reaches a decline of 13%, trading is halted again for 15 minutes.

The question investors are now asking is whether the worst is over - at least for now.

Does all of this mean we're entering a recession? The slide comes after many banks in the U.S. and U.K. considered banning customers from buying cryptocurrencies using their credit cards.

He said the numbers went down, because they shot up so fast.

Dow drops 500 points then gains it back — Volatile markets