The S&P 500 fell more than 2% yesterday, recording its worst one-day drop since December. Was it disappointment with The Fed? A sudden realization that the market shouldn’t rise when the economy is sinking? A “fat finger” computer glitch?
There were plenty of reasons for the fall – and collectively they do not bode well for the U.S. economy:
- The Philadelphia Fed Survey fell unexpectedly to -16.6 for June, registering its worst reading since August 2011. New orders, shipments and average work hours were negative this month, suggesting an overall decline in manufacturing business. The decline was the second in a row, as the reading was -5.8 in May.
HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index