U.S. Stocks Open Lower Amid Record Slump In Retail Sales

Wall-street

Wall Street’s major averages opened lower on Friday after data showed a record plunge in U.S. retail sales.

Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 166.55 points, or 0.7 percent, to 23,458.79. The S&P 500 slid 22.94 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,829.56. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 84.16 points, or 0.94 percent, to 8,859.56.

READ  China-made Electric Buses Joins Cali, Colombia Mass Transit System

Ten of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors dipped, with utilities down more than 1.6 percent, the worst-performing group. Consumer staples rose 0.16 in morning trading, the only gainer.

U.S. retail sales sank 16.4 percent in April, the Commerce Department reported on Friday, worse than forecasts of a 12 percent drop. It is the sharpest decrease in retail sales on record as the COVID-19 pandemic forced Americans to stay at home and many businesses to close.

U.S. equities closed higher on Thursday with the Dow rallying about 377 points, bolstered by solid gains in bank shares.

READ  When Do We Reach Adulthood?

Next
Previous

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.