SAN JOSE (CBS-SF and AP) – A stock sell off Friday rumbled through Northern California’s Silicon Valley with tech giants Google, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo and Apple all seeing their shares dip in value as the NASDAQ exchange slide under the 5,000 mark.
The NASDAQ ended the session down 111.71 points falling to 4,933.46. The Dow Jones dropped 310.54 points to 17,264.61.
Apple fell 2.57 percent to finish the session at 113.18. Google was down 1.41 percent to 738.87 with Yahoo dropping 4.97 percent to 32.91 and Facebook was down 3.13 percent to 102.12.
The sell-off was triggered by a slump in oil prices to seven-year lows. Investors dumped stocks Europe, then moved on to U.S. markets where indexes are dropping sharply across industries.
All 10 sectors of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index fell, led by suppliers of raw materials and energy companies. Investors worry that the continuing drop in the price of oil is a result of weakness in the global economy, especially China, and could further cut profits at big energy companies, which have already been decimated this year. Chevron lost 2.7 percent.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 274 points, or 1.6 percent, to 17,300 as of 3:06 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gave up 35 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,017. The Nasdaq composite declined 94 points, or 1.9 percent, to 4,950.
THE QUOTE: “We’re stockpiling commodities and demand is not picking up,” said Tim Courtney, chief investment officer of Exencial Wealth Advisors. “It’s kind of a depressing market.”
OIL TROUBLE: The price of oil fell further after the International Energy Agency said that oversupply would continue until late next year and demand would weaken. Benchmark U.S. crude dropped $1.14, or 3 percent, to close at $35.62 a barrel in New York. Oil has been falling for 1 ½ years and is now at its lowest level since early 2009.
EUROPE DOWN: Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 2.2 percent. France’s CAC 40 shed 1.8 percent and Germany’s DAX lost 2.4percent.
CHEMICAL COMBO: Dow Chemical and DuPont are giving up gains earlier this week after they confirmed their widely anticipated $130 billion deal to merge their businesses. The new company is due to split into three parts, one focused materials, one on agriculture and the last on specialty products. Dow Chemical fell $1.21, or 2 percent, to $53.70. DuPont lost $3.99, or 5 percent, to $70.56.
The tie-up is the latest in a surge of deals worth more than $4.7 trillion so far this year, according to Dealogic. That is a record, beating the previous top for deals in 2007.
RETAIL BOOST: Retail sales grew 0.2 percent in November, an improvement compared to August-October. Consumers spent more money on apparel, sporting goods and electronics and online retailers did better. Department store sales were flat.
FED FOCUS: Investors are also focused on a two-day policy meeting at the Federal Reserve, which wraps up Wednesday. Policymakers are widely expected to announce that they’re raising key interest rates from their record low levels. Recent economic reports indicate that the U.S. economy is healthy enough to withstand a rate hike.
CHINA DATA: Investors are cautious ahead of a batch of monthly economic data expected on Saturday, including retail sales, fixed asset investment and industrial production. Further out, a report on foreign direct investment in China is due on Wednesday. The latest figures will provide an update on the world’s second biggest economy, which is struggling with a stubborn downturn.
ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 1 percent, but most other major indexes in Asia were down. South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.2 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 1.1 percent and mainland China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.6 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.2 percent.
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