Stock market crash: ASX futures down after S&P 500, Nasdaq, Dow plummet

So much for the “Santa rally”.

A mini stocks revival triggered by positive US economic data faltered overnight Thursday, in a rare loss for a time of year that normally delivers good news for traders.

Wall Street stocks fell at the open of trading, with more positive economic data prompting concerns among investors about rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve.

The Dow was down more than two per cent at 5.30am (AEDT), while the broader S&P 500 shed almost three per cent and tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell almost four per cent.

Australian traders won’t be spared when the market opens later this morning with ASX futures down 1.5 per cent around 6am.

“The momentum of the rally the stock market enjoyed yesterday has not carried over (today),” said Patrick O’Hare at

“Better than expected third quarter GDP and weekly initial claims data … has fuelled concerns about Fed tightening” interest rates further and for longer, he added.

Revised Commerce Department figures now show the US economy expanded at a 3.2 per cent annualised rate in July through September, up from a previous estimate of 2.9 per cent.

But the poor day had many declaring turbulent times are ahead in 2023.

“In 2022, the number of weeks the S&P 500 lost money is second only to 1931,” tweeted portfolio manager Michael A. Gayed.

“In 1931, the S&P 500 in December was down over 14%. We’re f***ed. Few understand this.”

Meanwhile, first-time and continuing jobless claims fell last week. Both figures indicate that the US economy is still racing ahead at full tilt, while the Fed has indicated it will raise interest rates until it achieves a sufficient slowdown in activity to tame rampant inflation.

The drop in Wall Street equities “likely reflects the growing feeling of concern that the Federal Reserve will continue pushing rates upwards in the absence of any major economic distress signal”, said Joshua Mahony, senior market analyst at online trading platform IG.

“The bears are back in charge today,” he added.

Tech stocks took a beating after US computer storage memory manufacturer Micron posted softer-than-expected earnings, with its shares slumping 4.5 per cent.

“Micron’s earnings did not provide any optimism for the chip sector as they struggle with an inventory glut that will make it difficult for them to be profitable,” said market analyst Edward Moya at trading platform OANDA.

Equities have been volatile in recent weeks as investors weigh up interest rate hikes and global recession risks against the reopening of China’s economy.

Thursday’s reaction of investors to good economic news was the opposite the day before, when a bigger-than-expected jump in US consumer confidence this month sent stocks soaring.

All three main indices on Wall Street ended more than one per cent higher on Wednesday.

Asian stocks took their cue from those gains, led by Hong Kong which rose by more than two per cent with tech firms tracking their US counterparts higher and property stocks boosted by comments from top Chinese officials pledging support for the beleaguered sector.

Towards the end of the day, Shanghai dipped on worries about rising Covid cases in China.

But hopes for a Santa rally — a period of rising share prices around the year-end holidays — were crushed as the momentum failed to carry over into European trading.

London ended the day down 0.4 per cent, while Paris shed 1.0 per cent and Frankfurt fell 1.3 per cent.

“Bye-Bye Santa rally, Grinch sell-off is here to stay,” said OANDA’s Moya.

— with AFP

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