Dow Jones loses 800 points amid concern over rate hikes


The TSX and Dow Jones were acutely lower on Wednesday as fears of higher interest rates to come deprecated the wind out of the sails that have powered stock market replaces for years.

The Toronto Stock Exchange closed down 336 peaks, or more than two per cent, on Wednesday, the fourth day in a row that the benchmark Canadian hoard index was lower. 

Every subsector on the TSX was let, from the banks, to energy, to health care names, retailers and other consumer essentials.

Oil prices were lower, with the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intervening losing almost $2 to trade at just over $73 US a barrel. Canadian indelicate oil, known as Western Canada Select, is even cheaper, at barely for $26 US a barrel. That puts the gap between the two oil prices at its highest wreck on record, which is weighing heavily on shares of Canadian oil companies.

«There’s even-handed no demand for this heavier Canadian crude, and you can’t get it to refineries» says John Zechner, chairman of Toronto-based affluence manager J. Zechner Associates. 

In the U.S. the losses were even steeper.The Dow Jones Industrial Mean was off by 818 points when markets closed, or more than three per cent. The broader S&P 500 was down by all the more more, and had its worst day in more than six months.

The technology-focused Nasdaq fared worst of all, yield more than four per cent. A lot of that was because of the so-called FAANG genealogies — technology names such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google — temper into turbulence on Wednesday.

«As stocks go up, tech goes up more than the set market,» said Gina Martin Adams, chief equity strategist for Bloomberg Low-down. «As stocks go down, tech goes down more.»

The catalyst for all the shadowiness is the prospect of higher lending rates. The U.S. central bank hiked its value at the end of September, and Canada is expected to follow suit at the end of the month.

Fear concluded higher rates is being best expressed in the bond market where quotations have slid lower for weeks. Higher rates make tenor bonds less attractive than future ones, which want come with higher yields. It’s also bad news for stocks as that mercenaries it will get more expensive to borrow money to invest.

Market watchers have in the offing been expecting yields to start slowly moving, but it seems to possess caught some off guard.

«Investors missing this rate stirring a get moving is tantamount to letting yourself get run over by a glacier,» said Mike Terwilliger, portfolio manageress of Resource Liquid Alternatives for the Resource Credit Income Fund in New York.

Zechner alleges after booming for so long, stock markets tend not to rise forever and bazaars historically correct before the broader economy does.

«Rising fascinated by rates in the U.S. … are suddenly becoming much more of a concern and people are settle attention,» he said.

He notes that while the U.S. stock market has take care ofed to post gains virtually uninterrupted, that’s not the case in most other divides of the world, so that trend may be finally catching up in North America.

«We’re sit down with cracks in the armour [and] to me it’s not why that happened,» he said. 

«It’s why hasn’t it happened sooner than this.»

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