US stocks fall on worries about trade, Iran
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks finished lower on Monday (Apr 30) as worries about trade conflicts and Iran policy pushed aside positive earnings announcements.US stocks started the day on a high note following strong McDonald's earnings and a stream of merger announcements, but weakened midday around the time that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear intentions.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 148.04 points (0.61 per cent) to close at 24,163.15.The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 21.86 points (0.82 per cent) to end the session at 2,648.05, and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index also shed 53.53 points (0.75 per cent) to 7,066.27.Major deals unveiled ahead of Monday's session included T Mobile's proposed buyout of Sprint.But shares of Sprint nosedived 13.8 per cent and T Mobile fell 6.2 per cent on doubts that regulators will permit the transaction to close. Other telecom companies also slid, including Dow member Verizon, which shed 4.3 per cent.
Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities, attributed the market's change of heart to "geopolitical concerns" as investors try to guess whether President Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal.The unease also comes ahead of a Tuesday deadline for the Trump administration to enact tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, Mexico and four other counties that currently benefit from exemptions.McDonald's surged 5.8 per cent as it reported that first-quarter earnings rose 13.2 per cent to US$1.4 billion, easily topping analyst expectations following strong sales in the US, China and other markets.Twitter jumped 4.5 per cent after announcing a venture to partner with Disney's ESPN business on a live sports venture. Disney rose 1.1 per cent.
Andeavor surged 13.1 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by fellow refiner Marathon Petroleum for US$23.3 billion. Marathon dropped 8.4 per cent.
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