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US Stocks Decline as China Covid Angst Weighs on Sentiment

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Wall Street stocks finished lower Monday despite a surge in Disney shares as markets fretted over the implications of China’s latest Covid-19 wave. news online

China has reported its first coronavirus death in six months as country officials contend with another uptick in infections.

Some of Beijing’s largest shopping malls were closed Sunday, while others reduced opening hours or banned table service at restaurants as officials urged residents to avoid non-essential travel.

“There is a bit of a risk off sentiment today,” said Angelo Kourkafas of Edward Jones.

“There’s no US data. But there are some headlines about the worsening Covid-19 trends in China, which is adding to global growth concerns,” he added.

Investors expect subdued trading during the week, which includes the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

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This is traditionally a “quiet” stretch for markets, Kourkafas said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.1 percent lower at 33,700.28.

The broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.4 percent to 3,949.94, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 1.1 percent to 11,024.51.

Among individual companies, Disney jumped 6.3 percent as it ousted Bob Chapek as chief executive and said it would bring back longtime former chief Bob Iger as it struggles to boost the financial performance of its streaming business.

Markets will be closed on Thursday, and the exchanges will end Friday’s session early.

Ahead of that, investors will digest minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting and a bevy of economic data, including durable goods orders for October.


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