13 Oct 2012

Bad week on Wall Street

4:41 pm on 13 October 2012

Stocks in the United States have their worst week in four months.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 2.46 points, or 0.02%, to finish at 13,328.85 on Friday.

Standard Poor's 500 Index dipped 4.25 points, or 0.30% , to end at 1,428.59. The Nasdaq Composite Index shed 5.30 points, or 0.17%, to close at 3,044.11.

For the week, the Dow fell 2.1%, the SP 500 lost 2.2% and the Nasdaq fell 2.9%.

In London, the FTSE100 was down 0.62%, the DAX in Frankfurt was down 0.68% and the CAC-40 was down 0.72%.

The ASX 200 finished up three points at 4,486 and the NZX50 index rose 13 points, or 0.1%, to close at 3897 on turnover of $74 million.

Bad day for retail sector

The retail sector had a bad day on the stock market in Australia on Friday.

The ABC reports David Jones and Myer department stores fell 1.2% and 0.25% respectively.

Woolworths ended the day down 0.9%, while JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman lost 1% each.

Billabong was hammered by investors after TPG, a private equity company, withdrew a takeover bid for the surfwear retailer.

Billabong crashed nearly 17% to A84 cents per share. The ABC reports analysts believe the price could slip further.