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US stocks mostly fall as bank shares retreat

2017-03-21 HKT 04:53
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  • US stock markets closed slightly lower on Monday as banks see no regulatory relief on the horizon. Photo: AP
    US stock markets closed slightly lower on Monday as banks see no regulatory relief on the horizon. Photo: AP
US stocks were under pressure on Monday, with banking shares in retreat on doubts Washington will be able to enact regulatory relief for the sector anytime soon.

Banks have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the post-election stock rally due to expectations President Donald Trump will pull back on tough new rules planned or implemented after the 2008 financial crisis.

But shares JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and others all fell Monday.

"The banks are under pressure because regulatory reform is not moving quickly and the banks are having a tough quarter," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial.

Wells Fargo was among the hardest hit, losing 1.8 percent after disclosing that new credit-card applications in February fell 55 percent from the year-ago period, the latest drag from a fake accounts scandal that has roiled the bank.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost less than 0.1 percent to close the trading session at 20,905. The broad-based S&P 500 dipped 0.2 percent to end at 2,373, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose a hair to 5,901. (AFP)