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Steep decline in shares of Apple further weighed down sentiment in US stock market

Markets had earlier climbed on hopes that the world's two biggest economies were mending their shaky trade relations.


Steep decline in shares of Apple further weighed down sentiment in US stock market
Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 13/32 in price to yield 3.1931 per cent, from 3.144 per cent late on Thursday. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Concerns that a trade deal between the U.S. and China may not be imminent reined in a rally in world equity markets and reversed gains on Wall Street on Friday, while strong U.S. wage growth boosted U.S. bond yields.

Markets had earlier climbed on hopes that the world's two biggest economies were mending their shaky trade relations.

A steep decline in shares of Apple Inc further weighed down sentiment in the U.S. stock market after the iPhone maker warned sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss expectations.

A senior official in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed as untrue a media report that said Trump was preparing a possible trade deal with China, a CNBC reporter said in a post on Twitter.

"There is a long way to go" on negotiations, the unnamed official told CNBC's Eamon Javers, according to his tweet.

That erased earlier gains in the U.S. stock market and curtailed a rally in global shares that had lifted emerging market stocks up by their largest daily gain since 2016.

In Europe, Germany's export-heavy DAX had jumped as much as 1.5 per cent, its best session since July, before giving up most of its gains.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.30 per cent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.13 per cent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 125.44 points, or 0.49 per cent, to 25,255.3, the S&P 500 lost 20.32 points, or 0.74 per cent, to 2,720.05 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 89.41 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,344.65.

Apple's shares tumbled 6.8 per cent, taking its market value below $1 trillion after the iPhone maker warned sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss expectations.

U.S. job growth rebounded sharply in October and wages recorded their largest annual gain in 9-1/2 years, pointing to further labour market tightening that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates again in December.

Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 13/32 in price to yield 3.1931 per cent, from 3.144 per cent late on Thursday.

The dollar index, tracking the greenback against six major currencies, rose 0.05 per cent, with the euro up 0.04 per cent to $1.1411.

Oil prices were weighed down by a report that the U.S. government has agreed to let eight countries, including close allies South Korea and Japan, as well as India, keep buying Iranian oil after Washington re-imposes sanctions.

U.S. crude fell 0.44 per cent to $63.41 per barrel and Brent was last at $73.04, up 0.21 per cent on the day.

(With inputs from agencies.)


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