Dow down 1000 points as USA stock market plunges again

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After hitting a high two weeks ago, US stocks started to tumble last week after the Labor Department said workers' wages grew at a fast rate in January. The sharp swings came one day after the steepest drop on Wall Street in 6 ½ years.

The Dow posted a 2.3% increase, its biggest daily percentage gain since January 29, 2016, while the S&P 500 rose 1.7%, its biggest one-day gain since November 7, 2016, the day before the election of Donald Trump as president. Day two brought the big gain, but only after a day of volatility that included the Dow swinging 1,167 points from its low to its high.

At one point during the trading day it declined more than 1,500 points before recovering slightly.

Overnight the Dow Jones index rose 2.3 per cent, the technology-heavy Nasdaq gained 2.1 per cent and the S&P 500 index advanced by 1.7 per cent.

The Nasdaq Composite was down 30.45 points, or 0.43%, at 7,021.53. For this calendar year, the S&P is down.9 percent, while the Dow is down.8 total. The Dow is up 24 percent over that time, the S&P 500 18 percent.

Japan's Nikkei 225 average lost 2.8 percent to 21,240.05 in early trading Friday. It's switched between gains and losses several times since then.

Even after Tuesday's gain, the S&P 500 is still down 6.2 percent from the recent record high it set on January 26.

Federal Reserve minutes showing the central bank would hold off more easing unless U.S. economic expansion faltered were behind a almost 10 per cent decline from April to June of 2012.

"What we have seen is perhaps the greatest sign of real health in markets for a long time", Bateman said.

European markets are rebounding this after two days of wild swings, but investors are still nervous.

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The VIX, an index that measures traders' expectations of market volatility, was coming back with a vengeance.

Corrections of up to 15 percent "are normal", said Oliver. Fears about inflation have fueled concerns about the outlook for the economy that is dogging both stocks and bonds alike, with the 10-year Treasury note pulling back from an early yield around 2.88%, presently yielding 2.85%. Ten-year Treasury yields fluctuated near their four-year highs. After a period of low borrowing costs that benefitted companies, the Federal Reserve may be moved to raise interest rates faster than investors expect.

"The market has undergone a psychological change", says Doug Ramsey, chief investment officer at The Leuthold Group in Minneapolis.

"It means that there are more investors with a negative view on the market in the long term", said Oh Hyun-seok, a market analyst at Samsung Securities. About 10.6 billion shares changed hands in United States exchanges, well above the 8.2 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.

Stocks simply had too many buyers at the start of the year.

Activity was similarly volatile on the bond market.

USA crude oil fell 76 cents, or 1.2 percent, to close at $63.39 a barrel in NY.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 lost 2.50 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe.MIWD00000PUS shed 0.54 percent. The recent rout has wiped about $4 trillion off world equities.

Brent crude, used to price global oils, lost 58 cents to $64.23 in London. Natural gas added 1 cent to $2.76 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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