CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Please ensure you fully understand how CFDs work and what their risks are, and take care to manage your exposure. CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Please ensure you fully understand how CFDs work and what their risks are, and take care to manage your exposure.

Wall Street falls to end volatile week for stocks

The US stock market swings wildly and ends on a negative note for the month.

Wall Street erased earlier gains to plummet 200 points. The US markets are reeling after a rough week as the US electronic stock exchange National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations(NASDAQ)nears bear territory.

US government shutdown weighs on markets

The potential US government shutdown will affect many federal services. Marc Goldwein, senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, noted that it could impact pivotal public services.

‘Most services will continue, but national parks may be shut down, safety inspections (for example, for hazardous waste and drinking water) could be halted, and the IRS may not be able to process taxes and refunds,’ said Goldwein.

US President, Donald Trump, has refused to sign a spending bill because many members of Congress won’t provide funding for a US-Mexico border wall. Because of the political stalemate,the US government will possibly come to a standstill. A lengthy stoppage could impact Wall Street.

Are US stocks in bear territory?

Because of the uncertainty around the US government and the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates, Wall Street stocks have tumbled. This December has been the worst for the US stock market since the Great Depression. Financial experts like Komal Sri-Kumar, president of Sri-Kumar Global Strategies, is concerned that Wall Street is heading for a bear market because of the Fed's actions and because of the prolonged downturn in stocks.

'The message people should take home, especially if there's a government shutdown, is that longer term, the prospects for equities are not good. There are lots of signs now suggesting that we may be looking at a recession. I would say that the risk here is that a whole lot of confluence is taking place: The US trade war with China is not going to end soon and the Fed totally misjudged the market in suggesting two more rate hikes next year,' said Sri-Kumar.

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients.
CFDs are a leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.

Discover how to trade the markets

Learn how indices work – and discover the wide range of markets you can trade on – with IG Academy's free ’introducing the financial markets’ course.

Put learning into action

Try out what you’ve learned in this index strategy article risk-free in your demo account.

Ready to trade indices?

Put the lessons in this article to use in a live account – upgrading is quick and easy.

  • Get fixed spreads from 1 point on FTSE 100 and Germany 40
  • Protect your capital with risk management tools
  • Trade more 24-hour markets than any other provider

Inspired to trade?

Put your new knowledge into practice. Log in to your account now.

Live prices on most popular markets

  • Forex
  • Shares
  • Indices

Prices above are subject to our website terms and agreements. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

Plan your trading week

Get the week’s market-moving news sent directly to your inbox every Friday. The Week Ahead gives you a full calendar of upcoming economic events, as well as commentary from our expert analysts on the key markets to watch.

For more info on how we might use your data, see our privacy notice and access policy and privacy webpage.

You might be interested in…

Find out what charges your trades could incur with our transparent fee structure.

Discover why so many clients choose us, and what makes us a world-leading provider of CFDs.

Stay on top of upcoming market-moving events with our customisable economic calendar.