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United States stocks enter correction territory after plummeting second time in a week

11 February 2018

"Is there more inflation down the road than we're expecting?" Sure, we've had some market declines, but nothing that gave us any pause for concern.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which suffered a 1000-point drop Thursday, closed higher by 330 points, or 1.4 percent, at 24,190.

Wall Street tumbled back into sell-off mode, with the Dow plunging more than 1,000 points as worries over interest rate hikes continued to drag the market down. Amazon rose 2.2 percent.

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This is similar to the definition of a bear market when prices are down 20 per cent from their peak, which can happen more gradually. He thinks the market highs are in place for at least the next several months and possibly for the rest of the year.

Then there's inflation. A little, and that's all we have now, is a plus for the stock market.

The last one happened during the 2008 financial crisis and lasted until March 2009 when the S&P sank almost 57 percent from peak to trough, according to Yardeni Research.

The broader S&P 500 also tanked lower - finishing at 2,581- down around 100 points, or 3.75%. After Friday's increase, the Nasdaq was down 8.4 percent.

Jeffrey Kleintop, Chief Global Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, said global stocks have fallen from peak to trough by more than 10 per cent in two-third of the years since 1979, yet "most of those times posted a gain for the year". This is worrisome for investors as it could mean that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates faster than desired.

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Investors fear that low unemployment, increasing USA growth and rising wages will spur the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which would boost the cost of borrowing money. The travel website's 2018 outlook also disappointed investors. Technical analysts look at the action of the market itself to predict which way it will go. Manufacturing is rebounding. Households and businesses are spending freely. The labor market is strong, averaging 183,000 new jobs a month.

The Russell 2000 is down 57.67 points, or 3.8 percent.

Economies around the world are strengthening and corporate profits are on the rise.

. Finally, the recently passed corporate and personal tax cuts are expected to further boost economic growth.

"You have a fundamental difference between the economy and earnings doing well, versus interest rates going up and inflation picking up, and it's still a question of which will dominate", said Giri Cherukuri, head trader at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

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United States stocks enter correction territory after plummeting second time in a week