(Bloomberg) — The S&P 500 Index extended its decline past 2% Monday afternoon amid growing investor jitters about China’s real estate crackdown potentially sparking a financial contagion. And the Hang Seng fell 3.30% overnight.
The benchmark gauge was down 2.1% as of 12:08 p.m. in New York. All of the 11 major industry groups declined, with the energy, financials and materials sectors leading the losses. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index slumped 2.4%, while the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.9%.
By 2:33pm, the Dow is down 2.55%, NASDAQ down 3.15%.
Volatility also soared, with the Cboe Volatility Index — often called Wall Street’s “fear index” — jumping as much as 29% to 26.75, the highest level in over four months.
“While the Evergrande situation is front and center, the reality is, stock market valuations are overstretched and the market has enjoyed too long of a break from volatility and Monday’s stock market declines are not surprising,” said David Bahnsen, chief investment officer at the Bahnsen Group, a wealth management firm.
As Evergrande bonds continue to tank.
Meanwhile, most commodity prices are falling … except for UK Natural Gas Futures which are up 16.5%!
Pop goes the weasel!