US equities are taking it on the chin today on news of a manufacturing slowdown in China
US equities are taking it on the chin today on news of a manufacturing slowdown in China. As of this writing, the S&P 500 is down 20 points and the Dow Industrials are down 200 points - each roughly 1%. Meanwhile, the VIX spiked to over $14, a 10% jump on renewed fears of market volatility. The big news is the unexpected drop in China's Purchasing Manager's Index. This month's number came in below 50 (49.6), which implies contraction in the manufacturing sector. That's not a good sign for the global economy with as big a consumer as China is of international goods. It could also be an excuse for investors to dump shares with all the talk of overheated US stock valuations. Will the stock market remain resilient? Let's see what the next few days of earnings news brings.
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