The US stock market took another tumble on Monday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 653 points, or more than 2 percent, to below 22,000 in the worst Christmas Eve trading ever.WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 24th December, 2018) The US stock market took another tumble on Monday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 653 points, or more than 2 percent, to below 22,000 in the worst Christmas Eve trading ever.
The S&P 500 index fell 2.7 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 2.2 percent.
The previous worst Christmas Eve trading for the Dow and the S&P 500 took place in 1985, when both indexes fell by a little over 0.6 percent.
Monday's dive comes on the heels of the Dow's worst week of trading since October 2008. Last week, the index lost 1,655 points, or 6.8 percent.
The US president then shifted the discussion to whether Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell should be fired, according to media reports that were subsequently denied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday.
Analysts attribute the stock market woes to growing concerns over US tariffs and the resulting trade war, as well as the third shutdown of the US federal government this year over a dispute in Congress over funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. A partial shutdown began at midnight on Friday and is expected to last into the new year.