US STOCKS-Wall St drops in late selloff; worst 3 days for S&P 500 since 2011

lunes 13 de octubre de 2014 18:14 GYT

* Investors cautious about third-quarter earnings

* VIX close is highest since June 2012

* Dow down 1.4 pct, S&P down 1.7 pct, Nasdaq down 1.5 pct (Updates close with details, volume)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 dropped more than 1 percent and posted its worst three-day slide since November 2011 on Monday following worries that global economic weakness will dampen U.S. earnings, along with concern about the spread of Ebola.

After trading nearly even for much of the session, stocks fell sharply late in the day and the S&P 500 closed below its 200-day moving average for the first time since Nov. 16, 2012. The CBOE Volatility index ended at 24.64, its highest close since June 2012.

Investors reacted to a witch's brew of negative catalysts that included a widening Ebola scare, the potential impact on U.S. earnings from tepid global demand, plunging oil prices and a breakdown of technical support levels.

The day's worst-performing sector was S&P energy, which lost 2.9 percent. It is down 7.6 percent for the last three sessions, its worst three-day slide since September 2011. Shares of ConocoPhillips slid 3.3 percent to $68.07.

"There are worries about how corporate earnings are going to come out later on this week. The dollar has been on an uptrend and that's going to hurt earnings for global companies," said Giri Cherukuri, head trader at OakBrook Investments LLC, in Lisle, Illinois.   Continuación...