Investing.com - All four major market indexes declined on intraday trading this morning, as the rhetorical war between the U.S. and Russia over hacking allegations continued.
The Dow Jones Industrial Index was at 19811.00, down 8.78 points.
The Nasdaq Composite was at 5396.98, a decline of 36.01 points.
The S&P 500 was at 2244.19, down 4.78 points.
The Russell 2000 was also down on intraday trading.
Trading was light, on the last market day of the year, but was influenced by the news of renewed hostilities between the U.S. and Russia, not seen since the Cold War era.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has posted a critical comment on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) on U.S. President Barack Obama's new anti-Russian measures, stating Obama's team of "bitter" and "helpless" apparatchiks caused the latest foreign policy crisis.
"Today America, the American people were humiliated by their own president. Not by international terrorists, not by [the] enemy's troops. This time Washington was slapped by own master, who has complicated the urgent tasks for the incoming team in the extreme," Zakharova wrote, labeling the current administration "a group of foreign policy losers, bitter and narrow-minded."
The Russian foreign minister also said Obama's actions "debunked a long-cherished myth of America's exceptionalism that claims a special place in the world. "
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