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Stocks - S&P Knocked Down by Boeing, JNJ, China

Stock MarketsOct 18, 2019 03:58PM ET
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Investing.com – Stocks finished the week on a down note on slumps in Boeing and Johnson & Johnson, plus new worries about Chinese economic growth.

The S&P 500 was off 0.39%. But the Dow Jones industrials slumped 0.95%, or more than 255 points, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.83%.

Just about all of the Dow's decline was due to Boeing's (NYSE:BA) 6.8% loss and a 6.2% decline for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). The two subtracted more than 227 points from the price-weighted blue-chip index.

The higher a stock's price, the more impact it has on the index. And gains for other stocks can be overshadowed by a big more from a stock with a big price.

In fact, 14 of the 30 stocks were higher, with Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), up 1.8% on the better-than-expected third-quarter results, and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), up 1.06%.

Boeing's slump came after Reuters reported that text messages between two employees suggested the planemaker misled the Federal Aviation Administration about the safety of the grounded 737 MAX aircraft.

Johnson & Johnson fell after announcing it would recall baby powder in the United States after regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a sample

The S&P 500, meanwhile, finished under 3,000 for the 21st-straight session.

The Nasdaq was weighed down by weakness in tech stocks, especially chip stocks. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index dropped 1.06%, in large part due to worries about China, which reported its GDP growth rate dropped to 6% year over year, its weakest pace in nearly 30 years. The slide is largely the effect of the U.S.-China trade fight.

Thanks to the Dow's drubbing on Friday, the index ended the week down 0.17%, its fourth weekly loss in five weeks. The S&P 500, far more diverse, was up 0.54% for the week, its second-straight gain. The Nasdaq added 0.4%, its third weekly gain in row.

For the year, the Dow is up nearly 14.8%. The S&P 500 is up 19.1%, with the Nasdaq up 21.9%.

The necessary caveat is that the gains came mostly in the first quarter as the market recovered from last fall's big dive.

The Dow is off 0.67% from its 2018 peak, along with a 0.54% decline from the same peak for the Nasdaq. The S&P 500 is up 1.54%.

But the worries weighed on the Dow and the S&P 500 as well because so many U.S. companies have looked to China as a major source of new sales.

Seven of the 11 S&P sectors were lower, but there was considerable strength in real estate, financial and utility stocks as interest rates were flat to lower.

The 10-Year Treasury yield fell to 1.75% from Thursday's 1.755%, It could go lower if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates at its Oct. 29-30 meeting. The odds of that happening stood at nearly 90% late Friday.

Apartment companies, including AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB) and Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV), hit new highs, along with Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), hit new highs.

Other stocks hitting new highs included Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX), Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU).

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), up 0.48% on the day, ended the week as the most valuable company in the world with a $1.068 trillion market capitalization. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), down 1.63% on Friday, ended with a $1.048 trillion market cap.

Robotic surgical-equipment maker Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), investment manager State Street (NYSE:STT), brokerage ETrade (NASDAQ:ETFC) and New England bank People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) were among the top S&P 500 performers.

Women's apparel maker L Brands (NYSE:LB), Boeing (NYSE:BA), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) were among the weakest S&P 500 performers.

Oil prices moved lower. West Texas Intermediate crude fell to 15 cents to $53.78 a barrel. Brent crude fell 49 cents to $59.42.

Gold futures fell to $1,494.10 an ounce in New York, down $4.20.

Stocks - S&P Knocked Down by Boeing, JNJ, China
 

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natwar darak
natwar darak Oct 19, 2019 9:54AM ET
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good
Syed Halimuzzaman
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Jenia Golbstein
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what have you expected though? China to publish an unexpected, all of a sudden YoY growth?srsly, Everytime I'm shocked by how poor investors manuver the stocks
Rico Su
Rico Su Oct 18, 2019 4:21PM ET
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Investors react too much on the economic data, 6% isn't bad at all, China has been running fast for long, catching a break is causing investors panic?
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Mein Ki Oct 18, 2019 4:21PM ET
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ups and downs of life, used to say one friend of mine Щ
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Щ is 3 (three) excl marks - !!!
 
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