Market jitters return after Barcelona attack


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Market jitters return after Barcelona attack – Aug. 17, 2017

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News of a terrorist attack in Barcelona that left more than a dozen dead sent the market tumbling Thursday.

The Dow fell nearly 200 points, about a 1% drop. All 30 of the stocks in the index were in the red.

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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each fell more than 1% as well.

Stocks were already having a bad day because of lingering concerns over President Trump’s rift with business leaders. Uninspiring earnings and outlooks from Dow components Walmart (WMT)and Cisco (CSCO, Tech30) didn’t help matters. But the market hit it’s lowest spot of the day after the reports of the attack in Spain.

The VIX (VIX), an index that measures volatility, surged nearly 25%. CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed market sentiment index includes the VIX, and it fell into “extreme fear” among investors.

Go to CNN for more coverage of the attack in Barcelona

Airline stocks were among the bigger losers Thursday, with American, Alaska Air and Delta all among the 10 worst performers in the S&P 500. The big carriers tend to get hit when people worry about terrorism and the possible impact on global travel.

An exchange traded fund that owns leading companies in Spain also fell after the attack. The iShares MSCI Spain ETF (EWP) was down more than 1.5%, led by drops in Banco Santander (SAN)and Telefonica (TEF).

Gold prices rallied though. The yellow metal often spikes in times of geopolitical turmoil because it is viewed as a classic flight to safety investment.

CNNMoney (New York) First published August 17, 2017: 3:04 PM ET


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