Dow Falls; S&P 500, Nasdaq Join the Decline
All of Wall Street’s major indexes traded lower on Monday, which reflected a rocky pre-market for Dow futures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 137.68 points, or 0.5%, to 26,784.44. The blue-chip index was down by as much as 189 points.
The broad S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks declined 0.6% to 2,973.12, with six of 11 primary sectors reporting losses. Health care, materials, and information technology all underperformed the broader index.
Meanwhile, the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.9% to 8,090.57.
Global Economy Faces Downside Risks: BlackRock
BlackRock Inc. downgraded its outlook on the global economy Monday over ongoing trade tensions and emerging-market turbulence. The $6.3 trillion asset manager warned investors to expect slower growth in the second half of the year, primarily in China and Europe.
“Our view on China has become less positive, and as a result, the rebound we were expecting in Europe is not in the cards anymore. It’s a downgrade in the broader global picture, and it’s driven by the European and China view,” said Jean Boivin of the BlackRock Investment Institute, as quoted by CNBC.
The U.S. economy is forecast to grow just 1.8% in the second half of 2019. The world’s largest economy expanded 3.1% annually in the first quarter, much higher than initially forecast.
The gloomy outlook has prompted global central banks to respond with more interventionist policies. Not only have the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan committed to loosening monetary policy, but the Federal Reserve is also eyeing rate cuts for the first time in over a decade. For the Fed, that’s a stark contrast to the policy regime of a year ago when officials were actively raising interest rates.