Dow selloff hits 900 as Russia, Ukraine tensions rise

Selling of U.S. stocks picked up momentum midday on reports President Biden will hold a video call this afternoon with European leaders in response to Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 900 points or 2.4%, while the S&P 500 lost 3% entering a correction, down 10% from its peak. While the Nasdaq Composite fell deeper into its own correction off 3.6%. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33444.05 -821.32 -2.40%
SP500 S&P 500 4263.02 -134.92 -3.07%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13259.213896 -509.71 -3.70%

“We are now dealing with legitimate risk in the market,” said Jeff Sica, CIO of Circle Squared Alternative Investments. 

Oil also fell to the $83 per barrel level. 


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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 59.05 -1.74 -2.86%

In stocks, Peloton shares are in focus after the Wall Street Journal reported activist investor Blackwells Capital LLC is calling for CEO John Foley to fired after he denied reports that the company was pausing production on bikes and Treads. The stock clocked its worst day in decade last Thursday. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
PTON PELOTON INTERACTIVE INC. 27.22 +0.16 +0.59%

Kohl’s shares jumped after the company confirmed it has received multiple takeover offers without naming names. Over the weekend, a group backed by Starboard Value reportedly offered the company a deal valued at $64 per share, according to the Wall Street Journal. Separately, Engine Capital, in a letter to the retailer’s board, urged management to accept the deal. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
KSS KOHL’S CORP. 63.49 +16.65 +35.55%

Ford rolled out the Bronco Raptor which is being billed as “the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever” according to the automaker. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
F FORD MOTOR CO. 19.26 -1.39 -6.73%

Colgate bucked the heavy selling on Wall Street with modest gains ahead of earnings on Friday. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CL COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO. 83.51 -0.16 -0.19%

Elsewhere, big-cap consumer and technology titans slated to report this week include Apple, Tesla, Microsoft and Intel.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 156.80 -5.61 -3.45%
TSLA TESLA INC. 870.81 -73.09 -7.74%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 281.23 -14.80 -5.00%
INTC INTEL CORP. 50.50 -1.54 -2.96%

And the Federal Reserve’s first meeting of the year takes place as investors grow more worried about how aggressively policymakers will tighten this year.  

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Historically low interest rates, dubbed quantitative easing, or QE, have helped support the broader market as the economy absorbed a sharp hit from the pandemic in 2020 and then recovered over the last two years.

“The FOMC (Fed) meeting dominates the macro calendar this week and is likely to keep risk sentiment on the hesitant side with an end to QE and imminent rates hikes likely to be announced,” economists Nicholas Mapa and Robert Carnell of ING said in a commentary. 

Some economists believe the U.S. central bank needs to move faster to tamp down surging prices by raising rates. U.S. consumer prices rose 7% in December compared to a year earlier, the biggest increase in nearly four decades.

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In crypto currencies, Bitcoin continued its slide to the $33,000 level.  

Meanwhile, shares were mixed Monday in Asia.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.