CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St sinks on BOJ fears, Icahn comments

jueves 28 de abril de 2016 20:59 GYT

(Corrects to fix closing stock figures for the Dow and S&P)

* Dow down 1.17 pct, S&P down 0.92 pct, Nasdaq down 1.2 pct

By Laila Kearney

April 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed down on Thursday as the Bank of Japan's shocking call to cap monetary stimulus continued to rattle investors while a late day decline in Apple shares on remarks by billionaire investor Carl Icahn added to selling pressure.

The benchmark S&P 500 had its worst day in three weeks, losing 19.34 points, or 0.92 percent, to 2,075.81, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 210.79 points, or 1.17 percent, to 17,830.76 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 57.85 points, or 1.19 percent, to 4,805.29.

Nine of the major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with information technology's 1.4 percent fall leading the decliners. Consumer staples rose 0.03 percent.

"This really personifies how important central bank policy is on the market," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank.

Stocks fell early in the day on the BOJ's decision to hold steady in the face of soft global demand and a rise in the yen, jarring markets particularly after media reports that the central bank would likely go deeper into negative interest rates.

Wall Street dipped further late in the day, led by a decline in Apple stock.   Continuación...