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01/06/2010 - 18h13

Wall Street recua, com dados macroecômicos piores no mundo

SÃO PAULO - As preocupações sobre a economia global mais uma vez superaram os melhores dados da economia dos EUA e Wall Street encerrou as operações em baixa nesta terça-feira. O índice Dow Jones fechou com recuo de 1,11%, aos 10.024 pontos. O Nasdaq perdeu 1,54%, aos 2,222 pontos. O S & P-500, por sua vez, apresentou desvalorização de 1,72%, aos 1.071 pontos. O mês de maio, encerrado ontem, em dia de feriado nos EUA, foi um dos piores meses da história de Wall Street. O índice Dow Jones apresentou declínio de quase 8% no acumulado do mês, o pior desempenho do indicador desde 1940. Colaborou para o clima negativo desta sessão os dados sobre o setor manufatureiro da China. Segundo a Federação de Logística e Compra do país, o Índice de Gerentes de Compra (PMI, na sigla em inglês) ficou em 53,9 em maio, ou 1,8 ponto inferior à marca de um mês antes. Na zona do euro, centro de preocupações dos investidores nos últimos tempos, a taxa de desemprego também pressionou os mercados. Foi registrado um aumento de 10% em março para 10,1% em abril. No quarto mês de 2009, o indicador estava em 9,2%. No âmbito corporativo, a HP foi destaque, com as ações em recuo de quase 1%, depois que a empresa anunciou que vai demitir 9 mil funcionários nos próximos anos como parte de uma reestruturação na área de serviços corporativos. A falta de sucesso da BP no estancamento do vazamento do petróleo prejudicou as ações das companhias a ela ligadas, como a Halliburton, cujas ações perderam 0,15%. Não melhorou o humor dos agentes os dados sobre a atividade no setor de construção nos Estados Unidos em abril, que foi a maior em quase uma década. Os ganhos sugerem que um dos setores mais atingidos pela crise está começando a se recuperar. Além disso, o setor manufatureiro americano continuou apresentando expansão no mês passado, mas a um ritmo mais contido do que em abril.

Limitou as perdas, as ações do setor de tecnologia, como os papéis da Apple, que ganharam mais de 1,5%, depois que a companhia anunciou que já vendeu mais de 2 milhões de iPads. (Vanessa Dezem | Valor, com agências internacionais) NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Stocks slumped Tuesday, ending a choppy session lower, as worries about the global economic outlook overshadowed better-than-expected readings on the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) fell 112 points, or 1.1%. The S & P 500 index (SPX) lost 19 points, or 1.7% and the Nasdaq composite (COMP)retreated 35 points, or 1.5%. The market retreated in early trading after a report showed slower manufacturing growth in China and the euro briefly fell to a fresh four-year low. Better-than-expected readings on U.S. construction and manufacturing helped turn the tide in the morning. But the market sold off again heading into the close.

Stocks tumbled last month, with the Dow ' s decline of 7.9% its worst May performance since 1940. All financial markets were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

The pullback came as the euro plunged and the European debt crisis threatened to slow global growth. Worries about China ' s slowdown were also a factor. These issues are likely to continue pressuring stocks, said Stephen Carl, head equity trader at Williams Capital Group. "I don ' t think the selling is over by any means," he said. "It looks like we ' re hovering in a range around 10,000 (on the Dow), but there could still be more selling to come." Stocks: New month, same malaise Economy: The Institute for Supply Management ' s May manufacturing index fell to 59.7 from 60.4. However, the index was expected to fall more, to 58.9, according to a consensus of economists surveyed by Briefing.com. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. The index has indicated expansion for 10 consecutive months.

Construction spending rose 2.7% in April, trouncing expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The government reported construction spending rose 0.4% in March.

Companies: BP (BP) shares plunged 15% as the company ' s latest attempt at stopping the oil spill - now in its seventh week - failed. The company had tried to stop the spill - the worst in U.S. history - by forcing mud into the leaking well 0:00 /3:00A "half-speed" economic recovery Since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, the stock has lost more than one-third of its value.

AIG (AIG, Fortune 500) shares fell after the company rejected Prudential PLC ' s request to lower the price of its $35.5 billion deal to buy AIG ' s Asian affiliate, raising the chances of the deal falling apart. On the upside, Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) shares gained after the company said Monday that it has sold its 2 millionth iPad. Following the news, a number of analysts raised their estimates on iPad sales and Apple ' s quarterly and fiscal-year figures.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500) announced it is cutting its total workforce by 3,000 over the next few years as it accelerates its use of automatic data centers for business customers. Shares of the Dow component gained 0.5%.

A variety of financial shares fell, lowering the KBW Bank (BKX) sector index by 1.9%.

Euro: The European currency seesawed, losing 0.5% to $1.2242 after touching a four-year low of $1.2111 in the morning.

The dollar fell 0.3% against the yen. World markets: Markets in Europe were mixed. Britain ' s FTSE 100 lost 0.5%, Germany ' s DAX gained 0.3% and France ' s CAC 40 lost 0.1%.

Asian markets ended lower. Japan ' s Nikkei lost 0.6% and Hong Kong ' s Hang Seng fell 1.4%. China ' s Shanghai Composite lost 0.9%.

Commodities: U.S. light crude oil for --------------- NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks have taken another late-day dive after the announcement of a criminal probe into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill pounded energy stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average is down almost 113 points Tuesday after Attorney General Eric Holder said the government is beginning civil and criminal investigations into the spill. Stocks in energy companies and oilfield service providers.

Trading was choppy. Stocks were little changed earlier as investors juggled worries about Europe ' s debt problems with upbeat reports on U.S. manufacturing and construction.

The Dow Jones industrials are down 112, or 1.1 percent, at 10,024. The Standard & Poor ' s 500 index is down 18, or 1.7 percent, at 1,070. The Nasdaq composite index is down 34, or 1.5 percent, at 2,222.

Four stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume came to a light 1.4 billion shares, in line with Friday.

----------- NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A late sell-off led U.S. stocks to a sharply lower close on Tuesday, as BP ' s failure to end the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico pressured energy shares, offsetting some upbeat U.S. manufacturing data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed (DJIA 10,024, -112.61, -1.11%) fell 112.61 points, or 1.1%, to 10,024.02, after it rose up to 10,218 during the session. Shares of Alcoa Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!aa/quotes/nls/aa (AA 11.19, -0.45, -3.87%) and JP Morgan Chase /quotes/comstock/13*!jpm/quotes/nls/jpm (JPM 38.54, -1.04, -2.63%) fronted the losses on the blue-chip average. The S & P 500 index /quotes/comstock/21z!i1:in\x (SPX 1,071, -18.70, -1.72%) fell 18.70 points, or 1.7%, to 10,024.71, pressured by a 4.3% drop in its energy sector. Shares of BP /quotes/comstock/13*!bp/quotes/nls/bp (BP 36.52, -6.43, -14.97%) , which are not part of the S & P 500, fell 15%. The Nasdaq Composite /quotes/comstock/10y!i:comp (COMP 2,222, -34.71, -1.54%) dropped 34.71 points, or 1.5%, to 2,222.33.

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