FILE- In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo trader Michael Milano, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Technology companies lead slide in US stocks; Oil rising

December 07, 2018 - 10:30 am

U.S. stocks fell in morning trading Friday, adding to modest losses from a day earlier. Losses in technology and health care stocks outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Energy companies led the gainers as crude oil prices rose on news that OPEC members will elect to cut production. The government said job growth in November fell short of economists' expectations.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 20 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,676 as of 10:18 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped 183 points, or 0.8 percent, to 24,754. The Nasdaq composite slid 77 points, or 1.1 percent, to 7,109. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks slipped 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,475.

The benchmark S&P 500 index is on track to end the week with its third loss in four weeks.

ENERGY: Oil prices rose as traders watched developments out of Vienna, where OPEC countries were meeting for a second day. Iraq's representative there said the cartel agreed to a proposal that will see global oil production reduced by 1.2 million barrels a day.

U.S. benchmark crude jumped 4.2 percent to $53.69 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 4.5 percent to $62.79 a barrel in London.

The pickup in oil prices sent energy stocks higher. Anadarko Petroleum gained 4.7 percent to $54.

TECH SLIDE: A sell-off in technology stocks weighed on the market. Hewlett Packard slumped 6.6 percent to $14.97.

NOT SO PRETTY: Ulta Beauty slid 6.8 percent to $273 after the cosmetics retailer's latest quarterly report card exceeded analysts' expectations, but its earnings outlook disappointed traders.

SMOKE THIS: Tobacco company Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, rose 1.8 percent to $55.38 after announcing a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.

SOLID QUARTER: Broadcom climbed 4.2 percent to $236.86 after the technology company reported fiscal fourth-quarter results that topped Wall Street's forecasts.

JOBS REPORT: The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month's figure, which was the best since 2009. The jobs figure was less than many economists forecast, but few saw the report as a sign of a broader slowdown.

BOND YIELDS: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.90 percent from 2.87 percent on Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.82 yen from 112.65 yen late Thursday. The euro strengthened to $1.1388 from $1.1373.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany's DAX climbed 0.9 percent while the CAC 40 in France added 1.8 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 jumped 2.1 percent. Major indexes in Asia finished mostly higher. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.8 percent and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4 percent. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gave up 0.3 percent.

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