United States stocks claw back lost ground as China stabilizes currency

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Aug 5 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes fell sharply on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 500 points, as China's willingness to let the yuan slide in response to the latest USA tariff threat fanned fears that it could further aggravate an ongoing trade war.

That plunge was followed by the Dow's second worst day on February 8, 2018, when it sold off 1,032.89 points.

A government report suggesting a cooling US job market kept bond yields in check after an early gain. Nike dropped 2.7%. Macy's and Most efficient Fetch pulled motivate 3.1% and 3.5%, respectively.

"I say openly to President Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don't make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries".

Signals from the bond market were also daunting as the inversion of the yield curve between the three-month Treasury bill and 10-year bonds grew to the widest since April 2007.

Investors are growing more anxious as the USA and China increase their trade war from a simmer to a boil and threaten global economic growth. It was the worst percentage tumble for all three indexes this Twelve months.

The S&P 500 is now more than 6-percent below its record hit only last month.

"In pulling the yuan higher, it is not only looking to manage any decline, but also looking to contain any damage in terms of confidence in their stewardship of the Chinese currency and economy", said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.

Of course, the USA economy is still growing, the unemployment rate remains close to its healthiest level in almost half a century and US stock indexes set record highs just over a week ago.

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"A recession remains to be unlikely, however the chance of it's increased, nonetheless at lower than 20%", mentioned Nate Thooft, head of worldwide asset allocation at Manulife Funding Administration.

The biggest threat coming out of the past week, he said, is that all the uncertainty about trade will scare CEOs and shoppers away from spending. That would threaten the expected ramp up in growth that economists have been expecting to see later this year.

Apple gave up 5.2%.

Firms are within the last stretch of the newest spherical of quarterly earnings reviews, and outcomes haven't been as unhealthy as initially feared, although nonetheless down from year-ago ranges. "The S&P 500 rose 1.35%, and the Nasdaq climbed 1.47%", adds the site. More than three quarters of the S&P 500 have reported financial results.

On Wall Street, stocks suffered their biggest loss since December. It added $19.80, or 1.four%, to $1,477.30 per ounce.

The Shanghai composite index fell 1.6 per cent and South Korea's Kospi fell 1.5 per cent.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell 97 cents to settle at $54.69 a barrel. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.77%. Bank of America fell 5.2%, Citigroup lost 3.2% and JPMorgan Chase dropped 3.3%. Investors are concerned that Beijing is using its currency as a weapon in its trade skirmish with Washington.

September futures on the S&P/TSX index were down 2.43% at 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, even as the rout in global markets eased after China kept the yuan on a leash.

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