Dow Jones falls another 500 points at open

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THE Dow shot up 2% as a rollercoaster session approached its finale yesterday afternoon, rebounding from the huge losses of the prior session and a big drop at the open.

Market pros have been predicting a pullback for some time, noting that declines of 10 percent or more are common during bull markets.

"Traders have been looking at the market for the past year moving in one direction which was skewed to the upside".

And worryingly, the futures market is suggesting that USA stocks could fall back later today.

Sharp drops on Friday and Monday erased the gains the Dow and S&P 500 made this year.

The broad-based S&P 500 advanced 46.20 points (1.74 per cent) to end at 2,695.14, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 148.36 points (2.13 per cent) to 7,115.88. Falls like this have not been registered since August 2011 when investors were fretting over Europe's debt crisis and the debt ceiling impasse in Washington that prompted a USA credit rating downgrade.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 4.9 percent to 30,651.31 and Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 had skidded 3.3 percent to 5,828.40.

Traders on the New York Stock Exchange last night.

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In the last five days, the Dow is down 8 percent and the market drop has wiped out over a trillion dollars in value.

The selloff striking fear in investors' hearts began last Friday when bright United States non-farm payrolls data sparked concern that inflation will reappear this year - and that the Federal Reserve will in response raise borrowing costs more quickly than anticipated.

Investors can take this moment to reassess their portfolios, she added, rebalancing between stocks, bonds, and other assets as they seek to understand exactly how much risk they are willing to take. "We can't rule out a 1987-like event, which amounted to a one-day bear market".

All U.S. stock market indexes finished on the upswing Tuesday. He said that computer trading algorithms made the market drop on Monday worse. It plunged almost 1,200 points, wiping out hundreds of trillions of dollars of gains across the board.

Hopes that Tuesday won't see a repeat of the previous day's selling on Wall Street has helped European stock markets clamber off earlier lows.

The last 10 percent drop for markets came in early 2016, when oil prices were plunging as investors anxious about a drop in global growth, which could have sharply reduced demand.

In the USA, unemployment is at a 17-year low.

"But for an idea of basis, the swings represent a move of just over 4.5 percent lower, whilst the 1987 Wall Street capitulation was 23 percent".

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Wells Fargo sank $5.91, or 9.2 percent, to $58.16. The San Francisco bank also agreed to remove four directors from its board.

US crude fell 0.53 percent to $63.81 per barrel and Brent was last at $67.05, down 0.84 percent.

In the energy market, oil prices fell. European bonds traded higher.

S. 10-year yields diving as deep as 2.65 percent before a fresh sell-off dragged them back up to 2.80 percent - the sort of range seen very rarely. The dollar weakened to 108.81 Japanese yen. The euro slipped to $1.2399 from $1.2451.

In Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite ended down 1.7 per cent to 15,334.81 points - falling for the sixth consecutive day.

China's indexes followed suit with Shanghai Compsite Index losing 3.35 per cent to 3,370.65 while the blue-chip CSI300 fell 2.93 per cent to 4,418.89.

For bolder investors, this week's plunge could be an opportunity to go shopping for bargains in the stock market.

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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 tumbled 2.6 percent and the South Korean Kospi shed 1.3 percent.

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