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Plans for Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Sink US Stocks

Trump announced tariffs Thursday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2018 3:20 PM CST
Plans for Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Sink US Stocks
In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Newser) – Stocks fell sharply Thursday as investors worried that President Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum will lead to retaliation from other countries, the AP reports. Trump told industry executives he would impose the tariffs next week. The head of the European Commission said the region would respond in kind. Industrial companies like Boeing and Caterpillar that use steel and aluminum fell sharply, as did exporters like Apple whose overseas sales could be hurt by a trade war. Steel makers rose.

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The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 36 points, or 1.3%, to 2,677. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 420 points, or 1.7%, to 24,608. The Nasdaq fell 92 points, or 1.3%, to 7,180. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.80%.

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