NEW YORK - Energy stocks led a broad decline on Wall Street Monday after the price of oil fell on new worries about a glut in global supplies of crude. The retreat continued a weak start to the year on the U.S. stock market.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 110 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,323 as of 1:45 p.m. ET. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,828. The Nasdaq composite fell 31 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,141.
Energy stocks held the market back as oil prices fell. The price of crude oil fell 93 cents, or 1 percent, to $91.77 a barrel as prospects increased that Iran would export more oil. Iran and six world powers announced a deal over the country's nuclear program Sunday that could ease sanctions on the country. Exxon Mobil fell $1.57, or 1.6 percent, to $98.94.
The stock market is getting the year
off to a slow start after an exceptionally strong performance in 2013. The
S&P 500 is down 1 percent so far this year, after climbing almost 30
percent last year. A weak December jobs report that was released Friday has
left investors feeling cautious about the economy.
Dennis Lockhart, the President of the
Federal Reserve's Atlanta branch, said Monday that he would support further
cuts to the Fed's economic stimulus "over the course of this year" if
the economy continued to improve. Policymakers said in December that they
intended to reduce their purchases of bonds by $10 billion a month to $75
JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank
of America are among the big banks that will report fourth-quarter earnings this
week. Best Buy and General Electric are among the non-financial companies that
will report earnings.
"The market will take its
direction from how well, or how poorly, corporate earnings season is
unfolding," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated
Investors. "I think we're setting up for a positive surprise."
Analysts expect fourth-quarter
earnings to rise by 5.8 percent for S&P 500 companies, according to S&P
Capital IQ. That would be a slight increase from the 5.7 percent rate in the
previous quarter and the highest since the fourth quarter in 2012.
Lululemon Athletica fell $9.67, or
16.2 percent, to $49.92 after the yoga apparel maker said sales have dropped off in January and its fourth-quarter results will be lower than expected.
Scripps Networks slumped $4.17, or 5.1
percent, to $77.85 after the Wall Street Journal reported that talks about a
merger between the cable network operator, which owns HGTV, and Discovery
Communications had ended.
Beam, the maker of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and other liquors jumped $16.15, or 24.1 percent, to $83.12 after the company announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Japan's Suntory for $14
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
fell to 2.82 percent from 2.86 percent from Friday. Gold rose $4.20, or 0.3
percent, to $1,251.10 an ounce.