A midafternoon rally in U.S. stocks faded as encouragement from Federal Reserve minutes proved fleeting and investors refocused on China and the global economy.
Stocks briefly trimmed losses as Fed minutes showed policy makers judged conditions for higher rates haven’t been met yet. While that reduced speculation the central bank will raise rates at its next gathering, China’s shock devaluation continued to roil emerging-market assets and threatened to slow global growth amid a rout in commodities.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.8 percent to 2,079.61 at 4 p.m. in New York, hovering above its average price for the past 200 days. The gauge nearly erased all of its losses after the minutes were released, before it resumed a slide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 162.61 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,348.73.
Caterpillar Inc. and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. paced declines as raw-material and industrial shares slumped more than 1 percent as a group. Energy shares tumbled the most since January as an unexpected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles sent oil prices deeper into a bear market.
Source : Bloomberg