The S&P 500 Index closed down 0.1% today, its fourth red day in a row. This marks the most-sustained downward trend in 10 weeks. Positive economic news — October new home purchases were up, October manufacturing was up, November payroll was up — have led to concerns that the Fed will taper their aggressive bond-buying program at their December meeting. Additionally, the federal government’s temporary funding resolution runs out in mid-January, and the market has no idea what the new year will bring.
U.S. Stocks Down for Fourth Day Due to Taper Worries
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Germany’s government bonds led declines in the value of the euro region’s sovereign securities as a U.S. job report raised speculation that the Federal Reserve will taper its asset-purchase program. Germany's 10-year bund yields climbed to the highest level in six weeks.
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