Dow falls 2% as arrest revives US-China fears
Thursday, December 06, 2018       22:06 WIB

New York, Dec 6, 2018 (AFP)
Wall Street fell sharply early Thursday, joining a global stocks sell-off after the arrest of a key Chinese executive at Washington's request revived worries over trade tensions.
About 25 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen 2.0 percent, around 500 points, to 24,528.26.
The broad-based S&P 500 also sank 2.0 percent to 2,646.13, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index shed 1.9 percent to 7,021.08.
The drops came after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada for extradition to the United States in an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions violations by the telecom giant.
Other headwinds facing stocks include worries over slowing US growth and weakness among petroleum-linked stocks amid a pullback in oil prices as OPEC members debated a production cut.
The Meng arrest stirred tensions just as the United States and China agreed to a ceasefire in their trade spat while negotiators seek a deal within three months.
After rallying on Monday following the US-China ceasefire on tariffs announced over the weekend, US markets had fallen sharply on Tuesday on skepticism about the agreement.
US markets were closed on Wednesday because of the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush but resumed their downward move on Thursday following the Meng arrest.
The arrest "has fueled a heightened sense of angst that it will potentially stand in the way of the US and China reaching a trade deal within their prescribed 90-day window," said Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare.
"Moreover, it has piqued worries that China could take some retaliatory action in the interim against US companies doing business in China."

Sumber : AFP

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