Dow slides as trade war worries weigh on industrials

From Reuters - March 14, 2018

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 250 points, or 1 percent, on Wednesday as industrial stocks tumbled over growing fears of a trade war with China after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs.

Trump is looking to levy tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, targeting the technology, telecom and apparel sectors, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, the White House said Wednesday.

The S&P industrial stocks were again the worst hit, falling 1.02 percent. Boeing tumbled 3.5 percent, leading the losers and wiping off 70 points from the Dow Industrials.

The uncertainty over the latest news was weighing on stocks, said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago.

Given the rearrangement that he has made to his cabinet ... its being read as a lot more protectionist now than it was two weeks ago.

Trump has already imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as well as solar panels and washing machines, sparking threats of retaliation from some trade partners.

Concerns about a trade war have also been fanned by uncertainty in the White House after the exit of Gary Cohn, a strong free trade proponent and sacking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a moderate, on Tuesday.

At 12:38 p.m. ET, the Dow was down 225.29 points, or 0.9 percent at 24,781.74 and the S&P 500 fell 0.32 percent at 2,756.56.


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