NEW YORK, Wall Street ended its worst week in a decade with more bruising losses Friday, and with the tech-rich Nasdaq entering a bear market amid worries about trade wars and a possible US government shutdown.
The Nasdaq and Dow suffered their worst weeks since the start of the
global financial crisis as the US-China trade dispute returning to the
forefront, and amid continued concerns about the Federal Reserve's plans for
interest rate increases.
It has been a remarkably terrible trading week for financial markets amid
concerns over rising US interest rates, decelerating global growth, Brexit
uncertainty and chaos in Washington, said Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the week with a loss of nearly
seven percent, after losing 1.8 percent or more than 400 points Friday, to
close at 22,445.37.
Markets elsewhere were mixed, with European bourses flat or rising
slightly, while Tokyo slid.
The Wall Street decline came as Washington teetered towards a likely
government shutdown as US President Donald Trump dug in on threats to close
if congressional Democrats continue to refuse his demand for funds to build a
wall on the border of Mexico.
Thousands of US government employees could be furloughed without a
paycheck right before the end-of-year holidays if Trump and congressional
Democrats fail to strike a deal by midnight (0500 GMT Saturday).
� Hardline voices �
With that deadline looming, investors received another jolt in the final
hour of trading when White House advisor Peter Navarro delivered hardline
comments on the ongoing trade talks with China.
China is basically trying to steal the future of Japan, the US and
Europe, by going after our technology, Navarro, a longtime China hawk, told
the Japan's Nikkei news agency in an interview conducted Thursday but
And he said China must address all US concerns about its trade policies,
saying there are no half-measures.
Investors also have been anxious over the surprise resignation of Defense
Secretary Jim Mattis, who laid out significant policy disagreements with the
US president in his letter to Trump which he made public.
We are in a fragile environment, said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert
The extremist position is winning in the Trump administration, not just
on trade but on everything.
Investors have been unnerved by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise
interest rates this week, and projecting it would continue to raise next
New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams on Friday tried to
tamp down market concerns, opening the door to a more benign monetary policy
in 2019, saying the Fed was listening to the fears about the risks and will
be ready to reassess and re-evaluate our views and our policy stance.
Stocks briefly rallied on Williams remarks, but fell quickly back into the
� Key figures around 2130 GMT �
New York � Dow: DOWN 1.8 percent at 22,445.37 (close)
New York � S&P 500: DOWN 2.1 percent at 2,416.58 (close)
New York � Nasdaq: DOWN 3.0 percent at 6,332.99 (close)
London � FTSE 100: UP 0.1 percent at 6,721.17 (close)
Frankfurt � DAX 30: UP 0.2 percent at 10,633.82 (close)
Paris � CAC 40: FLAT at 4,694.38 (close)
EURO STOXX 50: FLAT at 3,000.61 (close)
Tokyo � Nikkei 225: DOWN 1.1 percent at 20,166.19 (close)
Hong Kong � Hang Seng: UP 0.5 percent at 25,753.42 (close)
Shanghai � Composite: DOWN 0.8 percent at 2,516.25 (close)
Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1365 from $1.1446 at 2200 GMT
Dollar/yen: DOWN at 111.23 yen from 111.28 yen
Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2634 from $1.2656
Oil � Brent Crude: DOWN 53 cents at $53.82 per barrel
Oil � West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 29 cents at $45.59 per barrel
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)