Market Snapshot: Dow slides nearly 300 points after weak China data damps sentiment


U.S. stocks were lower Tuesday morning as investors shunned assets viewed as risky following weak China international trade data for July.

Bank shares were also in focus after Moody’s Investors Service said it may downgrade its credit ratings on six major U.S. banks.

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  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA dropped 286 points, or 0.8%, to 35,187.
  • The S&P 500 SPX was off 33 points, or 0.7%, at 4,4486.
  • The Nasdaq Composite COMP shed 1 points, or 0.8%, to 13, 882.

The Dow rose 408 points, or 1.2%, on Monday, while the S&P 500 SPX gained 0.9% and the Nasdaq advanced 0.6%.

What’s driving markets

A risk-off tone swept global markets after weak China trade data heightened concerns about a slowing global economy.

China’s exports fell 14.5% for the year to July, the biggest decline since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, while imports slid 12.4%, worse than forecast.

The news highlighted “that the world’s second biggest economy is being dragged lower by weakness in global demand and a domestic slowdown,” said Jim Reid, strategist at Deutsche Bank.

Assets sensitive to China demand were hit, with industrial commodities like crude oil CL.1, -1.15% and copper HG00, -2.15% lower. Shares in London-listed miners were under pressure.

Perceived havens were firmer, with the dollar DXY gaining ground and government bonds attracting buyers, pushing Treasury yields BX:TMUBMUSD10Y lower.

Also weighing on sentiment was a possible downgrade by Moody’s of six major U.S. banks, adding to concerns about the fragility of the financial sector as it deals with the sharp rise interest rates since March 2022.

Meanwhile, the second quarter earnings reporting season continues, with UPS UPS, -2.20%, Barrick Gold GOLD, -1.28%, Eli Lilly LLY, +15.99% and Under Armour UAA, +1.49% before the bell, and Super Micro Computer SMCI, -1.49% and Lyft LYFT, +2.10% after the close among those presenting their numbers.

Data showed the U.S. trade deficit narrowed by 4.1% to $65.5 billion in July.

Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said policy makers “may be at the point where we can be patient and hold rates steady.

Companies in focus

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