Stocks Decline Amid Mounting Geopolitical Unease: Markets Wrap

U.S. stocks fell as the U.S. launched a heavy bombing campaign against Islamic State positions in Afghanistan.

The S&P 500 Index closed down 0.68 percent at 2,328.96 Thursday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.67 percent to 20,453.25. The dollar rose slightly after dropping below its 200-day moving average on Wednesday. Treasuries were flat, erasing earlier declines.

“It’s just creating more uncertainty with people,” Frank Ingarra, head trader at NorthCoast Asset Management LLC, which oversees about $1.7 billion, said by phone. “It’s the only big news that’s come out. Does it mean we’re going to be more militarily engaged in the world?”

In addition, traders are trying to get a handle on President Donald Trump’s fiscal and economic plans following his remarks from Wednesday, in which he called the dollar too strong, signaled a softening on China’s currency practices and left open the possibility of reappointing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen…

Read more : Bloomberg, 12.04.2017