US open: Stocks tumble as 'tariff man' strikes again

updated: 3 December 2019 at 3:34pm Author: Iain Gilbert

(Sharecast News) - US stocks recorded heavy losses at the open on Tuesday following comments from President Donald Trump at Nato's 70th-anniversary event in London.
As of 1530 GMT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.45% at 27,381.41, while the S&P 500 was 0.99% softer at 3,082.92 and the Nasdaq Composite came out the gate 1.15% weaker at 8,469.86.

The Dow opened 401.63 points lower after closing lower during the previous session following the announcement of a fresh round of punitive trade action against foreign nations from Washington and some weaker-than-expected manufacturing data.

Markets weren't ready to change pace on Tuesday after comments made by the President while in the UK for Nato's birthday summit.

"In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal," Trump said at a London press conference. "But they want to make a deal now and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right."

When pressed for a deadline on a deal, Trump added: "I have no deadline, no [...] In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth."

The President also said: "I'm not going to let people take advantage of American companies because if anyone's going to take advantage of the American companies it's going to be us."

Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson said: "Markets simply aren't priced for this; for a trade deal to be that far in the future - if one can even be struck at all.

"After weeks of making generally positive noises on a deal being very close, there is a real sense now that a deal is not so very near at all and markets need to reprice."

Also at the summit, Trump took time to credit himself for avoiding World War Three and take some shots at "brain dead" French president Emmanuel Macron."

In corporate news, Salesforce and Marvell Technologies will report their latest earnings after the close on Tuesday.

Trade bellwether Caterpillar dropped more than 2% in early trade, as did companies with higher-than-average overseas sales exposure such as Apple and Intel.

No major data points were scheduled for release.