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Selling Activity Carries Over Into the New Week as Stocks Continue to Fall

The broad selling activity that finished off the previous week’s trading activity extended itself into Monday’s action, with stocks once again taking substantial losses across the
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.

The broad selling activity that finished off the previous week’s trading activity extended itself into Monday’s action, with stocks once again taking substantial losses across the board. Concerns over a relatively slower Chinese economy in 2014, along with fears of further reductions to Treasury spending on the part of the Federal Reserve seem to have become significant enough to prompt investors to head for the exits at least in the short-term.

Economic Data: New home sales for December fell 7 percent, but the housing market in 2013 still had its best year since 2008 according the the Department of Commerce.

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.26 percent to 15,837.88

  • S&P 500: -0.49 percent to 1,781.56

  • NASDAQ: -1.08 percent to 4,083.61

On the Dow:

The benchmark Industrials didn’t finish the day higher, but industrial goods companies posted strong gains, with Caterpillar (CAT) bouncing back 6 percent on strong earnings, followed by United Technologies Corp. ($UTX), up nearly 2 percent. Financials and blue-chips were an insurmountable counterweight, however, with Visa (V) , Goldman Sachs (GS) , American Express (AXP) , as well as Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM) down at least 1.50 percent each.

On the S&P 500:

Social media techs had a bad day on the S&P, with Facebook (FB) and Yahoo! (YHOO) down significantly, and Xerox Corp. (XRX) shedding nearly 6 percent of its share price by the closing bell.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) was up nearly 1 percent ahead of its much anticipated earnings report.

On the NASDAQ:

The sell-off was the most brutal on the NASDAQ, with Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) tanking 12 percent on the heaviest trading of the day after concerns emerged about the stock being overbought. Otherwise, techs were most responsible for sending the index lower. Intel (INTC) , Vodafone Group (VOD) , Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) , and Groupon (GRPN) were just some of the companies who saw shares drop significantly.

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