Wall Street moves lower, US manufacturing recovers

By Margreet Dietz

The Dow Jones fell 0.3 per cent, while the Nasdaq Index declined 0.3 per cent.Photo / AP
The Dow Jones fell 0.3 per cent, while the Nasdaq Index declined 0.3 per cent.Photo / AP

Wall Street and US Treasuries moved lower as better-than-expected data on US manufacturing fuelled bets the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates this year.

An Institute for Supply Management report showed its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 in September, up from 49.4 in August. A reading above 50 signals expansion. The September reading exceeded expectations from economists in separate Bloomberg and Reuters polls.

Wall Street fell. In 2.06pm trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3 per cent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index also declined 0.3 per cent. In 1.54pm trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index slid 0.5 per cent.

The Dow moved lower as declines in shares of Travelers and those of Procter & Gamble, last down 1.5 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively, outweighed gains in shares of DuPont and those of United Technologies, recently up 2 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.

US Treasuries dropped, pushing yields on the 10-year note two basis points higher to 1.62 per cent. Investors are focused on this week's US jobs data, especially Friday's nonfarm payrolls report.

"Markets are warming up to the idea that the Fed is going to hike rates," John Canally, chief economic strategist at LPL Financial in Boston, told Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, shares of Cabela's jumped, trading 14.7 per cent higher at US$63.00 as of 2.04pm in New York, after the company said it agreed to be acquired by Bass Pro Shops in a deal valued at about US$5.5 billion. Bass Pro Shops will pay US$65.50 a share in cash, Cabela's said.

The US-listed shares of Deutsche Bank slid 2.1 per cent in afternoon trade as the German lender seeks to negotiate a settlement over the sale of residential mortgage securities with the Department of Justice. A number of Deutsche Bank executives are due to be in the US this week in part for the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting in Washington.

In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index ended the day with an advance of 0.1 per cent. France's CAC 40 Index edged 0.1 per cent higher, and the UK's FTSE 100 Index climbed 1.2 per cent. German markets were closed for a holiday.

While UK stocks rose, the pound slid after Prime Minister Theresa May said she'll start the two-year process to take the UK out of the European Union, or Brexit, by the end of March.

"Europe feels a little cautious," said Chris Beauchamp, a market analyst at IG in London, told Bloomberg. "The market is taking cues from any newsflow around banks, and the problem was that there wasn't really anything concrete over the weekend. That means panic could still spike again and German stocks are ripe for some weakness [on Tuesday].

The FTSE 100 is in its own world with the lower pound, which might provide a useful dynamic going into the last quarter."

- BusinessDesk

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