Dow slumps 313 after Obama's re-election

Investors fear failure to fix the fiscal cliff will lead to recession. European stocks slump after ECB President Draghi says even Germany is weakening. Apple has fallen 20% since September. Bank and energy stocks fall. Oil and gold slip.

By Charley Blaine Nov 7, 2012 1:45PM
Charley BlaineUpdated: 8:32 p.m. ET

A day after President Barack Obama won a second term, stocks suffered their worst beating in nearly a year.

Late selling caused to the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) to finish down more than 300 points, its largest loss since Nov. 9, 2011. The blue-chip index ended the day below 13,000 for the first time since Aug. 2, and the major U.S. averages were all down at least 2.4%.

Bank stocks were the weakest sector in part because it's likely the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill will remain largely intact. In addition, Elizabeth Warren, a critic of many U.S. banking practices, won a seat in the U.S. Senate. JPMorgan Chase (JPM), a critic of bank regulation, was down $2.32 to $40.56. Health insurance stocks were lower because the  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Reform Act -- aka Obamacare -- is likely to stay in place.

Meanwhile, oil prices fell back sharply in part because of worries about global demand. Europe became a worry after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said he expected no change to the weak eurozone economy in the near future. Worse, he said, the weakness has begun to affect Germany. European stocks immediately sold off -- and sharply, too. The dollar rose against the euro and British pound.

The Dow closed down 313 points to 12,933, its lowest close since July 26. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) slumped 34 points to 1,395, its first close below 1,400 since Aug. 6. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) dropped 75 points to 2,946, its biggest loss since Nov. 9, 2011.

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The Nasdaq-100 Index ($NDX) had fallen 68 points to 2,613.

And that brings us to Apple (AAPL), which represents some 17% of the Nasdaq 100's market capitalization and roughly 4% of the value of the S&P 500. The stock is off $22.20 to $558. That's down 20.9% from its intraday peak of $705.07. Selling in the shares accelerated this morning when the stock hit $564 -- 20% below that intraday high.

After the close, however, Qualcomm (QCOM), the big maker of chips used on mobile phones, forecast fiscal first-quarter sales and profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates as it increases production of its most expensive chips. Shares were up $4.78, or 8.2%, to $62.90 after hours after falling $2.25 to $58.12 in regular trading.

Crude oil takes a dive
Crude oil (-CL) in New York settled down $4.27 to $84.44 a barrel. Brent crude was off $4.36 to $106.71. One reason for the decline was the decline in coal prices and coal stocks, a reaction to the election.

The national average retail price of gasoline fell to $3.462 a gallon from Tuesday's $3.463, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Gold (-GC) settled down $1 to $1,714 an ounce. Silver (-SI) fell 37 cents to $31.66 an ounce. Copper (-HG) fell 6.5 cents to $3.441 a pound.

Interest rates fell as the dollar moved higher. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.632% from Tuesday's 1.742%.
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A tough road ahead for Obama, Congress
Today's slump is reminiscent of what happened the day after Obama won the 2008 election. The Dow fell 486 points that day and 443 points the next.

The bottom line on the sell-off is Obama will get no honeymoon from his re-election. He and Congress face the potential that doing nothing about the fiscal cliff -- the witch's brew of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in after the New Year -- will cause the economy to slide back into recession, as many economists claim.

Ratings agency Fitch Investors warned today that the U.S. probably would lose its AAA credit rating if the administration and Congress don't address the problem.

"The economic policy challenge facing the president is to put in place a credible deficit-reduction plan necessary to underpin economic recovery and confidence in the full faith and credit of the U.S.," a company statement said today. 

Is a rally forming?

Maybe. It's true that the Dow and the Nasdaq closed the day below their simple moving averages. That's a signal that the market is headed lower, and there was lots of chatter to that end today.

At the same time, the relative strength indexes for the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all under 30. When these indicators drop below 30, that suggest the market overall is oversold and could be ripe for a rebound relatively soon.

In late May, the the RSI for the three indexes fell below 10. The market bottomed on June 4, with the Dow jumping about 12.5% up through Oct. 5.

That is, admittedly, is a technical view. What won't help markets are the riots today in Greece at the end of a two-day general strike called to oppose a €13.5bn ($17.2 billion) package of cuts demanded by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund in return for a financial lifeline to prevent the government running out of money.

Thursday brings the weekly report on jobless claims and the September report on the nation's trade balance. The key earnings report comes after the close from entertainment and media giant Walt Disney (DIS). Also reporting: Wendy's (WEN), Kohl's (KSS), Zipcar (ZIP) and Boingo Wireless (WIFI).

There may be a bounceback rally. Futures suggests the Dow will open 50 points higher, with the S&P 500 up 5 points and the Nasdaq-100 up 9 points.

A big, bad loss

This was a day when stocks that might have done well under a Romney administration were clobbered: defense, coal, oil and gas, health insurers, steel, banks and broker. And everything else seemed to run over with them.

One group that did remarkably well: gun makers as investors speculated an Obama administration attempt to regulate gun selling more closely. Sturm Ruger (RGR) jumped $3.04 to $47.68. Smith & Wesson Holding (SWHC) surged 91 cents to $10.37.

All 30 Dow stocks were lower, but 109 points of the index's loss was concentrated in five stocks: Caterpillar (CAT), IBM (IBM), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), and JPMorgan Chase. 

The best Dow performers, relatively speaking: Walt Disney (DIS), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The biggest percentage losers were Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ).

Only 28 S&P 500 stocks were higher, led by Tenet Healthcare (THC), JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and Time Warner (TWX). Coal-producer Peabody Energy (BTU), investment bank  Morgan Stanley (MS) and health insurer Humana (HUM) were the laggards.

Only six Nasdaq-100 stocks were higher, led by Netflix (NFLX) , News Corp. (NWSA) and medical-equipment wholesaler Henry Schein (HSICResearch In Motion (RIMM) and for-profit education company Apollo Group (APOL) were the laggards.

Research In Motion fell 82 cents to $8.24 after Pacific Crest Securities analyst James Faucette wrote that the company's BlackBerry 10 operating system would be 'dead on arrival" when it comes to market early 2013.

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Nov 7, 2012 6:07PM
Don't worry folks,I'm sure Obama kept all the spinners who got this market 3-4,000 over what it should be in the first place.They might have to put in a little over time,but they'll have it spun,cleaned,wiped and all nice and shiny again.With a few of the magic words - re-adjust,estimate,FED,expectations,etc,etc.... this fly covered steaming pile of BS will be in the green again by next week. 
Nov 7, 2012 6:07PM
So this is Wall Streets way of punishing us for re-electing Obama!  Since they put so much money into Romney, they are pissed!  Just can't wait to hear what the businesses are going to do.  I have already heard about Boehner saying that they need to work together but no increase in taxes.  So in laymens terms, he just put up a road block for compromise!  Fool!  Hope he loses his job next time he is up for election!    Get along now little boys and girls!
Nov 7, 2012 6:05PM
As a 1%er ... I have the most to lose by Obama being re-elected. But, as a 1%er, I also have the means to shift my money into safe houses so that all the "entitlement" folks won't get a dime of my money. The reality is ... most of the high dollar people have already taken the same steps as me, so money will be flying out of the market and flying out of the country. I know ... since all my friends are all doing the same thing. As the money comes out of the market, it will continue to collapse and as the money goes offshore, there will be less and less taxes to pay for all of Obama's spending. So ... add this all up and you have a mess in the making!! But ... not for me. Obama's re-election will hurt the middle class and the lower income people more than anyone. Tyrone and Pedro ... just wait and see. Don't cry when your welfare check stops coming!!
Nov 7, 2012 6:04PM

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda...will become the new slogan for all people who put Obama back in power. They get to watch America crumble on the Hope/Change and Forward campaign promises, and know  they are party to such a grave mistake.   MAKE NO MISTAKE, this Presidency will FAIL America!  :)

Nov 7, 2012 6:04PM
Wow...funny how you republicans can make something like this happen every time a Democrat gets elected and blame anyone but yourselves. Your the only ones with money enough to invest in other republican interests or any interests for that matter. Democrats care about society as a whole and realize the working man makes this country what it is and Democrats invest in that. Have no fear, you don't like to lose money so it won't be long before you're back on track! Get more Democrats working and you'll be able to reap your riches off the backs of the working man.
Nov 7, 2012 6:03PM
Under the first Obama term Wall Street has done very well. Look at today's drop as a buying opportunity. The next 4 years will prove to be good ones for investors. 
Nov 7, 2012 6:02PM
Well at least they can get stoned in CO and WA while they watch the remnants of the US go under water, that's worth it right? I dare say half the country has turned into gutless morons.....
Nov 7, 2012 6:02PM
What a joke. Obama's Presidency is his first real job.  He said the next four years will be better; for who?  And how could they be worse? He's a complete and utter failure that will put even more people on the tax payes backs, so in 2016 the liberals will even have more people to scare that they'll lose their freebies.  The financial markets can't stand a President who does not understand economics. 
Nov 7, 2012 6:02PM
everyone that wants to cry about all of this...... point is you voted and you lost.... it would be the same if Romney won and Obama lost...... don't complain because you lost. Everyone had the chance to vote, and more people voted for Obama..... take it as a loss and don't be a sore loser..... Oh and by the way just for your info before everyone start bashing me.... I didn't vote cause they all lie!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 7, 2012 6:01PM
Want to venture a small effort that will make a big difference in the long run and has nothing to do with politicians and everything to do with the Market? Next time you go to the store, look at the fine print for the word "China" on everything you buy. If found, look for a similar product that does not say China and buy that instead, or consider doing without said product.
Nov 7, 2012 6:01PM

It appears we have another Flori- DUH moment in Miami/ Dade county.

Even though I live in Volusia county, I would like to offer my apologies on behalf of all Floridian voters to the rest of the country for the Idiots running those polls. (WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU GUY'S IN MIAMI/ DADE ?)


If New Jersey & NYC can have  smooth polling stations amidst the storm troubles- You have no excuses!!

Nov 7, 2012 6:00PM
well i'm shocked no obamaman supporters are getting into the talk,must be waiting at food stamp office for more or no they are all Fd up on oxy and food and free stuff (  must be the life )but wait mrs.obamaman says your not aloud to be fat any more,sorry no jobs for you.
Nov 7, 2012 6:00PM
Sad state of affairs.  My children's school voted this week and Romney won with 67% of the vote.  The highest majority of Romney votes came from the Lower School (grades K-6).  Good news is our school systems may not be struggling to educate our children as much as we thought (even though they're in private school).  Bad news is, we're having more difficulty educating those that have the right to vote.  Reminds me of when Marion Berry was re-elected in Washington D.C.  Are we truly that  blind to reality?
Nov 7, 2012 5:59PM
Nov 7, 2012 5:59PM

Reading these comments, appears Trump isn't the only idiot lashing out. Do they forget the market was melting down to Dow 6500 by March 2009 from prior admin? Now after stopping the free fall and getting the economy going again and 32 months of growth, one bad day in the market, probably other frustrated GOPs creating a buying opporunity for the rest of us

Nov 7, 2012 5:58PM
Don't fall for this! 

What we say today is Romney's buddies trying to scare us.  

"F'k" Romney, Sununu and all of 'em. Let's put a tax on all money leaving the US. If Romney wants to send his AMERICAN MADE money to China, let's tax him when he does.

Nov 7, 2012 5:57PM

   The next move is easy.

      Tomorrow I meet with my team one at a time.And we go over pay adjustments.

Who want's to be adjusted,and who needs to look for other work.If I wait,it will be too late.

Anyone who waited today to sell was too late.The sell day was monday.No matter who won,

you needed to be out yesterday.There will be much money (saved) if you play this one rig

  Change your thinking.The recession will be here if it's not already.Fuel the great tax on the poor,

will rise,as will food prices.Another tax on the poor.And any tax growth on business will be passed

on to ....the consumer..and it will hurt the poorest.We picked the wrong guy at the wrong time.

   Be smart let that mstake work for you..

           Bob Sugar

Nov 7, 2012 5:55PM

Mark my word this is just the beginning, biggest mistakes American ever made of choosing President Obama, nation will remember forever specially those who vote for him.

Nov 7, 2012 5:54PM
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Nov 7, 2012 5:54PM
I see from the comments we are in for another 4 years of obstructionist whining. Waaaa, Waaaa.
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