Stock markets open April with a thud

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Farm animals markets took a tumble Monday after China raised convey duties on U.S. pork, apples and other products. It’s too soon to call it the source of a trade war, but for now, investors aren’t sticking around to find out.

Formerly high-flying technology performers like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet fell. Intel dove 5.7 per cent see through a report in Bloomberg News that Apple plans to start buying its own chips in Mac computers as early as 2020, replacing Intel.

Amazon dropped following more broadsides from U.S. President Donald Trump on Chatter, and electric car marker Tesla gave back 4.4 per cent after saying the conduit in a fatal crash last week in California was operating on autopilot form, making it the latest accident to involve a semi-autonomous vehicle.

The major U.S. ratios were all sharply lower when stock markets closed, undisturbed after having rebounded from even deeper lows earlier. 

«Merchandises fell out of bed to start the new week and the new quarter,» said Colin Ciezynski, chief store strategist with SIA Wealth Management, in an interview with CBC News after demands closed.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 59 nuclei, or 2.62 per cent, to 2,581. That’s the lowest level for the S&P since October.

The Dow Jones industrial customary lost 461 points, or almost two per cent, to 23,641. It was down as much as 758 earlier.

The technology met Nasdaq composite slumped 193 points, or 2.7 per cent, to 6,870. 

In Canada, the TSX cost better, down just 153 points or one per cent to 15,213. «Dormant for disruption is continuing to weigh on the stocks,» Ciezynski said of trade war timidities, «and those are things that are harder to ignore over time.»

Kate Warne, an investment strategist for Edward Jones, charged China for much of Monday’s fears, calling the tariff move unsatisfactory but significant.

«The fact that a country has actually raised tariffs in retaliation is an critical step in the wrong direction,» she said. «The tariffs imposed by China today contribute to to greater worries that we will see escalating tariffs and the possibility of a much bigger thrust than investors were anticipating last week. And that could be happen for Mexico as well as for China.»

Food maker Tyson dropped 6.3 per cent after China quickened import duties on a $3 billion US list of U.S. goods in response to the price-lists on imported steel and aluminum that President Trump ordered behind month.

Other recent market leaders like industrial superhuman Boeing and streaming video service Netflix also slumped.

After a month of available negotiations between the U.S. and several other countries, Monday marked the cardinal time another country has formally placed tariffs on U.S. goods in return to the Trump administration’s recent trade sanctions.

Amazon fell another $70.84 US, or 4.9 per cent, to $1,376.50 US. After crowning at almost $1,600 US a share last month, Amazon has slumped with the sell recently. Despite its recent losses, Amazon stock is still up to 18 per cent in 2018.

Microsoft dropped $2.97 US, or 3.3 per cent, to $88.30 US and Google’s root company, Alphabet, shed $31.13 US, or 3 per cent, to $1,006.01 US. Boeing glided $8.25 US, or 2.5 per cent, to $319.63 US

The price of gold climbed 1.2 per cent to $1,343.60 US an ounce and mellifluous jumped two per cent to $16.60 US an ounce as some investors took spinach out of stocks and looked for safer investments.

The U.S. oil price lost $1.93 US, or three per cent, to $63.01 a barrel in New York.

The Canadian dollar, in the meanwhile, was off by about a quarter of a cent to 77.38 when stock markets obturate ignored on Monday.

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