New Year, new stock market bloodbath: Stocks plunge after weak data out of China

New Year, new stock market bloodbath: Stocks plunge after weak data out of China


It’s a brutal start to 2019, after 2018 saw the worst US stock decline in a decade.

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  • US index futures are tumbling, following global stocks lower after manufacturing data out of China signalled a slowdown.
  • The S&P 500 was down 6.2% in 2018, booking its worst year since the financial crisis and worst December since the Great Depression.
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US stocks look set to tumble after soft data from China cast a somber mood on global markets on the first trading day of the New Year.

In China, the Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for December came in at 49.7, “signalling contraction for the first time in over a year and a half,” says Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com.

The last time the survey dropped under 50 — the mark of a contracting sector — was May 2017.

“This is not a good indicator as we eye tariffs biting even harder in 2019 than they did last year,” Wilson said.

It’s a brutal start to the New Year after 2018 ended on a sour note for markets. The S&P 500 was down 6.2% in 2018, booking its worst year since the financial crisis and worst December since the Great Depression.

In addition to the weaker Chinese data, factory output was seen falling across Asia last month.

“An increasing amount of data is pointing to the Chinese economy losing steam and with new orders falling for the first time in 2 1/2 years, the outlook doesn’t look great either,” Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group said.

Here’s the roundup:

  • US stock index futuresfor the S&P 500 fell 2%, while those for the Nasdaq fell 2.4%.
  • In Asia,the Hang Seng plummeted 3%, while the Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 1.2%.
  • Europe’sbenchmark Euro Stoxx 50 lost 1.7%, France’s CAC fell 2.6% and Germany’s DAX Index dropped 1.6%
  • Brent crude oil fell about2%,whileEuropean mining stockstanked, dropping more than 3%

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