Stock Gains Disappear, Dow Drops 280 on Tariff Bombshell

Oil prices got crushed alongside equities

by Josh Selway

Published on Aug 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM

After spending the first half of the day in positive territory, stocks fell off a cliff following President Donald Trump's tweets that the U.S. will be placing 10% tariffs on $300 billion of goods coming from China. The Dow was up more than 300 points at its intraday peak on hopes for more rate cuts, but ultimately closed with a nearly 300-point deficit. It was similar price action for the Nasdaq and S&P, which are now on four-day losing streaks, even though Trump added he wants a "positive dialogue with China." Oil prices also sold off as the tariff news sparked more fears for a global economic slowdown, with liquid gold notching its biggest daily loss in roughly four years.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 26,583.42) crashed in the second half of the day, losing 280.9 points, or 1.1%. Seven Dow components managed gains, lead by IBM's 1.4% win. Pacing the 23 losers was Goldman Sachs (GS) with a 3.9% slide.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,953.56) fell 26.8 points, or 0.9%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 8,111.12) shed 64.3 points, or 0.8%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 17.87) added 1.8 point, or 10.9%.

Closing Indexes Aug 1

NYSE and Nasdaq Aug 1

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Corporate Earnings August 1

unusual options activity Aug 1

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Oil Prices Collapse on Tariff News

Oil prices had one of their worst days in over four years, sliding alongside equities on the tariff news. September crude futures closed down $4.63, or 7.9%, to end at $53.95 per barrel -- snapping a five-day win streak, and logging their worst daily performance since February 2015.

Gold struggled before Trump's tariff bombshell, with December futures falling $5.40, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,432.40 an ounce. However, gold futures rallied sharply after hours as stocks sold off.


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