U.S. stocks on two-day losing streak as health stocks fall

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Richard Drew/ AP In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange.

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017|3:12 p.m.

New York City– So that’s what a losing streak feels like. Stocks fell for the 2nd day in a row Friday, which had not occurred in a month, as Amazon put a scare into yet another industry: medical device and healthcare devices companies.

Those companies slumped after an expert for Citi Financial investment Research said Amazon might be on the verge of shocking their market by speeding up distribution and cutting prices. Energy companies gave up some of their recent gains while sellers, media companies and household products business moved higher. Stocks finished the week with small losses, ending an eight-week winning streak.

One factor in those losses was unpredictability over the Republican politician strategy to cut taxes. Stocks dipped Thursday after Senate Republicans proposed leaving business tax rates alone in 2018 prior to cutting them in 2019. That surprised financiers, who pulled stocks down slightly from their current record highs.

“We would expect a little bit more of that as we get more delays and unpredictability in the tax strategy,” said Sean Lynch, the co-head of worldwide equity strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute. Lynch stated an eventual tax cut for companies, and for a minimum of some people, would offer investors “a dosage of confidence” that business earnings will grow a bit quicker and the economy and stock market will increase for a bit longer.

The Requirement & & Poor’s 500 index lost 2.32 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,582.30. The Dow Jones commercial average slid 39.73 points, or 0.2 percent, to 23,422.21. The Nasdaq composite turned higher and rose 0.89 points to 6,750.94. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks inched up 0.26 points to 1,475.27.

The S&P 500 set an all-time high on Wednesday, however ended up the week down 0.2 percent. The index had gained five percent over its winning streak, the longest in nearly 4 years. The Russell 2000, which is comprised of smaller companies that may benefit more from a corporate tax cut, fell 1.3 percent this week. That was its biggest loss in three months.

Citi Investment Research study analyst Amit Hazan wrote Friday that Amazon is making fast progress in the medical supply field and could quickly begin distributing items to health centers, as some organizations appear thinking about working with the online retail giant.

“New online distribution/wholesaling models like Amazon’s will concern dominate the supply chain” in coming years, Hazan stated.

Baxter International, which offers intravenous pumps and other medical facility devices, fell $1.35, or 2.1 percent, to $64.04. Becton, Dickinson dipped $5.25, or 2.3 percent, to $219.23. Medical device maker Medtronic moved $1.48, or 1.8 percent, to $79.33.

Competitors with Amazon has actually injured retailers for years and the online giant has likewise pressured supermarkets and grocery stores with its purchase of Whole Foods. In current weeks, healthcare item business, medication suppliers and drugstores have actually all fallen as Wall Street questioned what Amazon’s logistics knowledge and its willingness to slash prices will do to their organisations. Drugstores CVS and Walgreens leapt Friday; financiers may be alleviated that Amazon could turn its focus to industries they are less associated with.

Long-suffering department stores made gains Friday. J.C. Penney advanced 42 cents, or 15.3 percent, to $3.17 after it said a closely-watched sales measurement grew for the very first time in more than a year. The business also took a smaller sized quarterly loss than experts had actually anticipated. Macy’s developed on its 11 percent dive a day earlier and included another 48 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $19.98. Rival Kohl’s increased $1.87, or 4.5 percent, to $43.04. All those companies have seen their sales and stocks topple in big part due to the fact that of increasing online competitors.

Walt Disney Co. increased $2.10, or 2 percent, to $104.78 after it stated it got bigger payments from cable television business for ESPN and provided more details about its scheduled sports streaming services. The business likewise announced prepare for a brand-new “Star Wars” movie trilogy. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released in late 2015, earned about $2 billion and financiers have high wish for next month’s “The Last Jedi.”

U.S. petroleum lost 43 cents to $56.74 a barrel in New york city. Brent crude, utilized to cost international oils, gave up 41 cents to $63.52 a barrel in London.

Wholesale fuel quit 1 cent to $1.81 a gallon. Heating oil lost 1 cent to $1.93 a gallon. Natural gas increased 1 cent to $3.21 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Bond costs slumped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.38 percent from 2.34 percent.

Gold dropped $13.30, or 1 percent, to $1,274.20 an ounce. Silver fell 10 cents to $16.87 an ounce. Copper lost 1 cent to $3.08 a pound.

The dollar rose to 113.54 yen from 113.32 yen. The euro was up to $1.1618 from $1.1643.

The FTSE 100 index in Britain fell 0.7 percent. The French CAC 40 lost 0.5 percent and the German DAX dipped 0.4 percent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.8 percent and South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.3 percent. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng dipped less than 0.1 percent.

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