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The Dow plunged by 150 points after the bell, US investors equally unhappy with the instability brought on by Trump’s actions as their European cousins. Now, the fact that a potentially March rate-hike signalling Fed meeting looms on Wednesday, alongside the first Trump-era non-farm jobs report on Friday, may have something to do with the Dow’s losses. However, there is no doubt that the main catalyst for the drop has been the Muslim travel ban executive order from the President, not for moral reasons that have caused outrage elsewhere but instead the potential ramifications it could have for trade from the Middle East and elsewhere.

With the Dow dipping below its landmark 20000 level there was no reason for the European indices to change tack this afternoon. The FTSE maintained a 0.8% decline as the day went on, keeping the UK index at a 2017 low despite the pound’s own slide against the dollar and euro. The DAX and CAC, meanwhile, gradually saw their losses intensify after the US open; the German and French indices are now both down 1.1%.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Connor Campbell

Connor Campbell

Connor joined Spreadex in 2014 as part of a newly expanded financial analyst team after graduating from the University of Southampton with an MA in English. His focus is on providing Spreadex's customers with up-to-date and informative news, and is responsible for the market analysis found on the Spreadex website.

Connor produces three daily market updates, a daily stock earnings preview, a weekly financial market preview piece every Friday, a round-up of all the big financial stories making the weekend press every Monday morning and regular stock market features.

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