March 25, 2019 / 5:08 PM / 3 months ago

US STOCKS-Wall St falls on global growth worries

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* Apple dips ahead of expected video streaming service launch

* Boeing rises on plan to brief on 737 MAX updates

* Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy

* Indexes down: Dow 0.23 pct, S&P 0.28 pct, Nasdaq 0.36 pct (Updates to early afternoon, adds comments)

By Shreyashi Sanyal and Amy Caren Daniel

March 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Monday, extending the previous session’s steep sell-off, hit by worries of a slowdown in global economic growth.

However, Wall Street’s main indexes were still above their session lows in choppy trading. The benchmark S&P 500 is now about 5 percent away from its record closing high hit on September.

Weak factory data from the United States, Europe and Japan on Friday led to the inversion of U.S. Treasury yield curve for the first time since 2007, fueling fears of a global economic downturn.

The benchmark U.S. 10-year treasury yields held near more than one-year lows on Monday, while the yield curve between three-month bills and 10-year notes was modestly inverted.

The Federal Reserve also flagged an expected slowdown in the economy last week and decided against raising interest rates this year.

“The market was over-sold on Friday because of slowing growth across the world and we are seeing some of that spill over to today,” said Marc Pfeffer, chief investment strategist at CLS Investments in New York.

“We have been vacillating between up and down all day, I think the market is still digesting what is going on and looking for footing.”

Apple Inc’s 0.7 percent drop weighed the most on the technology sector. The iPhone maker is expected to launch its video streaming service at an event on Monday.

In a bright spot, the consumer discretionary sector rose 0.31 percent, supported by gains in Home Depot Inc and Inc.

Investors largely shrugged off Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that President Donald Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia, despite S&P 500 futures initially rising on Sunday.

The report left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations that have dogged his presidency.

At 12:45 p.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 58.06 points, or 0.23 percent, at 25,444.26. The S&P 500 was down 7.96 points, or 0.28 percent, at 2,792.75 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 27.62 points, or 0.36 percent, at 7,615.05.

Top U.S. officials travel to Beijing for the latest round of high-level talks, which are scheduled to start on March 28.

Boeing Co rose 1 percent after the planemaker said it would brief pilots and regulators this week on software and training updates for its 737 MAX aircraft, with Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways expressing confidence in the company despite a recent crash.

Akamai Technologies fell 3.5 percent, the most on the S&P, after a report that brokerage Deutsche Bank had downgraded the stock to “sell” from “hold”.

Viacom Inc’s shares rose 5.8 percent, the most on the S&P, after the company renewed a contract with AT&T Inc to continue carrying its services. AT&T shares dropped 1.2 percent.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.15-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and for a 1.21-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded four new 52-week highs and six new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 17 new highs and 86 new lows. (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal and Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Anil D’Silva)

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