US stocks decline on economic woes

February 21st, 2009 - 5:58 am ICT by IANS  

New York, Feb 21 (Xinhua) US stocks slid further Friday as investors around the world grew more concerned about the deteriorating economy.
The market tumbled as the uncertainty about how government would remove banks’ bad assets is still weighing. The financial stability plan announced by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week was not specific enough to boost investors’ confidence in the financial system.

Disappointing corporate earnings results added to the pessimism of the market. Both Lowe’s and J.C. Penney missed fourth-quarter earnings expectations as the slumping economy hurt US businesses. They also warned that 2009 earnings forecast is below analysts’ expectations.

In economic news, the US Labour Department reported Friday that consumer prices rose by 0.3 percent last month, the biggest monthly increase since a 0.7 percent rise in July.

Financials led the way down again Friday. Shares of Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. plunged for the sixth straight day.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100.28 points, or 1.34 percent, to 7,365.67. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slid 8.89 points, or 1.14 percent, to 770.05 while the Nasdaq Composite Index dipped 1.59 points, or 0.11 percent, at 1,441.23.

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