By Stephen Culp
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped on Thursday after earnings disappointed and trade jitters intensified on fears that the European Union could slap retaliatory tariffs on goods imported from the United States.
Officials from the EU Trade Commission are said to be preparing a list of tit-for-tat trade actions in response to proposed U.S. tariffs on EU cars ahead of next week's talks in Washington.
Automakers said tariffs on U.S. cars and car parts could raise vehicle prices by $83 billion annually. Ford Motor Co
"We've already started to feel the effect of the counter-tariffs," said Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Asset Management in New York.
"No one's ever won a multi-front war," Pursche added. "And that's what we're engaging in right now."
Manufacturers in all 12 districts of the U.S. Federal Reserve are worried about the impact of the trade dispute, according the central bank's Beige Book report released on Wednesday.
The dollar index <.DXY> briefly hit a one-year high, but pared its gains to trade near unchanged after President Donald Trump's comments that the strong dollar "puts us at a disadvantage."
Shares of eBay
American Express Co
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 81.83 points, or 0.32 percent, to 25,117.46, the S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 5.15 points, or 0.18 percent, to 2,810.47 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 14.28 points, or 0.18 percent, to 7,840.17.
The second-quarter reporting period is picking up steam, with results in so far from 69 companies in the S&P 500.
Earnings now are forecast to have risen 21.5 percent, compared with the 20.7 percent gain seen on July 1. Of the companies that have reported, 85.5 percent have surprised analyst estimates to the upside, according to Thomson Reuters data.
The financial sector <.SPSY> saw the biggest percentage drop in the S&P 500, down 1.1 percent.
While all three major U.S. stock indexes were in negative territory, advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.49-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.44-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.
The U.S. yield curve flattened close to levels not seen in 11 years, dragging on banks. JPMorgan
Bank of New York Mellon
Among gainers, International Business Machines Corp
The U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest in more than 48 1/2 years as the labour market continues to tighten.
The S&P 500 posted 21 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 90 new highs and 32 new lows.
(Reporting by Stephen Culp; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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Updated Date: Jul 20, 2018 01:06:52 IST