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Dow drops 154 points to notch three-day losing streak

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JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI PHOTO Traders work on the floor of the NYSE before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New York City on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the day down over 200 points.

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. markets fell on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 dropped for the third consecutive day.

The blue-chip Dow fell 154.02 points, or 0.47%, while the broad S&P declined 0.22% and the NASDAQ Composite dipped 0.0022%.


Tuesday’s losses came as S&P Global released its preliminary August reading on the service sector and manufacturing activity which showed that the service sector purchasing managers’ index fell to 44.1, a 27-month low, while the manufacturing PMI fell to 51.3, down from 52.2 in July.

Sian Jones, senior economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence said in a statement that the data “signaled further disconcerting signs for the health of the U.S. private sector.”

“Demand conditions were dampened again, sparked by the impact of interest rate hikes and strong inflationary pressures on customer spending, which weighed on activity,” Jones said. “Gathering clouds spread across the private sector as services new orders returned to contractionary territory, mirroring the subdued demand conditions seen at their manufacturing counterparts.”

Real estate, healthcare, and communication services were the worst performing sectors on the S&P 500.

Conversely, energy was the best performing sector, rising 3.6%, as crude oil futures rose with West Texas Intermediate crude — the U.S. benchmark — climbing nearly 4% to about $93.60.

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Shares of Zoom fell 16.54% after posting quarterly results Monday night.

The video conferencing company lowered its full-year guidance to $4.4 billion, down from $4.6 billion in prior forecasts.

Markets entered Tuesday coming off of a negative session that saw the Dow decline 643 points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ both fell more than 2%, with all three major indexes posting their worst sessions since June.

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Daniel Uria covers breaking news for UPI and has reported on various subjects including elections and cybersecurity. He is based in Miami and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida International University. While studying at FIU, he was published in the Miami Herald through the South Florida News Service.

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