US STOCKS-Wall St hemorrhages as oil tumbles and China fears deepen

viernes 15 de enero de 2016 18:32 GYT
 

* All 30 Dow stocks and 10 S&P sectors in the red

* Energy stocks drop as oil sinks 6.5 percent

* Intel down on growth worries, drags on chip stocks

* Indexes down: Dow 2.39 pct, S&P 2.16 pct, Nasdaq 2.74 pct (Adds detail on market holiday)

By Noel Randewich

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Wall Street bled on Friday, with the S&P 500 sinking to its lowest since October 2014 as oil prices sank below $30 per barrel and fears grew about economic trouble in China.

Pain was dealt widely, with the day's trading volume unusually high and more than a fifth of S&P 500 stocks touching 52-week lows. The major S&P sectors all ended sharply lower. The Russell 2000 small-cap index dropped as much as 3.5 percent to its lowest since July 2013.

The energy sector dropped 2.87 percent as oil prices fell 6.5 percent, in part due to fears of slow economic growth in China, where major stock indexes also slumped overnight. The energy sector has lost nearly half its value after hitting record highs in late 2014.

"Initially when oil was down, the convenient line was 'Well, it's good for the other nine sectors'," said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "That tune has changed. Now, it's a contagion to the other nine sectors. It's a contagion to Main Street and Wall Street."   Continuación...