Closing Update: Stocks Extend Losses As Washington Appears No Closer to Budget, Debt Resolutions
A mid-afternoon rally fueled by speculation Senate Democrats were working on a measure that would increase the government's borrowing authority prior to an Oct. 17 deadline faded, with shares finishing back near their session lows. All 10 sectors in the S&P 500 finished lower, led by declines for shares of consumer discretionary and financial stocks. Mining and materials stocks also slid hard despite a moderate rally for gold and silver today.
Washington continued to be the catalyst for additional losses in the global equity markets as investors keep a wary eye on a Oct. 17 deadline for Congress to authorize additional borrowing over its existing debt limit. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew toured the Sunday interview shows Sunday, repeating his warning Congress is "playing with fire" by opposing an increase to the debt ceiling above its current $16.7 trillion threshold. "I'm telling you that on the 17th, we run out of our ability to borrow," he said on CNN.
Senate Democrats this afternoon reportedly were working on debt-ceiling legislation with no other terms tied to its passage. The bill, according to reports, would allow the federal government to automatically borrow more money as it reaches certain limits unless a two-thirds majority of both houses vote against it.
The partial government shutdown, now in its seventh day, kept a lid on most economic reports with only the Gallup U.S. Consumer Spending Measure available today as a measure of economic activity. The self-reported reading of American's spending habits slipped from a five-year high of $95 per person in August to $84 in September - the lowest monthly figure since February.
Crude oil for November delivery settled 81 cents lower at $103.03 per barrel while November natural gas jumped 12 cents higher to $3.63 per 1 million BTU. December gold added $15.20 per ounce while December silver rose 63 cents to $22.36 per ounce. December copper was unchanged at $3.29 per pound.
Here's where the markets stood at end-of-day:
Dow Jones Industrial Average down 136.34 (-0.90%) to 14,936.24
S&P 500 down 14.38 (-0.85%) to 1,676.12
Nasdaq Composite Index down 37.38 (-0.98%) to 3,770.38
Hang Seng Index down 0.71%
Shanghai China Composite Index up 0.68%
FTSE 100 Index down 0.26%
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