Benchmarks mostly fell on Monday following the failure of the Trump administration to pass the new healthcare bill through the House of Representatives. Investors remained skeptical about Trump's ability to deliver on his pro-business economic agenda, including tax cuts, infrastructure spending and deregulation initiatives.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) declined 0.2% to close at 20,550.98. The Dow declined for an eighth straight session, its longest losing streak since August 2011. The Dow ended about 45 points lower with Goldman Sachs ( GS ) contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 fell 0.1% to close at 2,341.59. Initially, the benchmark index dropped below its 50-day moving average for the first time since November. But a spate of late day activity by bargain hunting investors helped to pare some losses.
The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index, meantime, closed at 5,840.37, gaining 0.2%. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) declined 4.0% to settle at 12.44. A total of around 6.3 billion shares were traded on Monday lower than the last 20-session average of 7.1 billion shares. Advancers equaled declining stocks on the NYSE. For 48% stocks that advanced, 48% declined.
The Trump administration failed to secure adequate support among Republicans to pass the Healthcare bill through the House of Representatives. The failure of the healthcare bill raised concerns among investors about the fate of Trump's pro-economic growth policies including tax reforms and infrastructure spending. This had an adverse effect on investor sentiment which is expected to have a negative impact on equity markets.
However, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) gained 0.3%, helped by hospital stocks. Hospitals do better financially when patients receive insurance coverage. The proposed healthcare law would have increased the number of uninsured Americans over the next 10 years, which would have hurt hospitals financially. Failure to pass the new healthcare bill helped hospital stocks rise. Some of the top gainers in the hospital sector including Community Health Systems ( CYH ) and Tenet Healthcare Corp ( THC ) gained 1.1% and 1.4%.
Financial stocks fell on Monday, dragged down primarily by bank stocks. Tax reform would help the financial sector but investors raised doubts over Trump's ability to implement his proposed tax reforms, which in turn had an adverse impact on investor confidence. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) decreased 0.4%. Key components from this sector like Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley ( MS ) fell 1.3% and 2.1%, respectively.
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