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The stock selloff is happening in a parallel universe

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Do we all live in China now? Investors could be excused for thinking that, given that arcane indicators such as a Chinese manufacturing index and the value of the Chinese yuan are inducing nauseating drops in the U.S. stock market — the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed nearly 400 points lower Thursday. And the surprise halt to trading in the latest Chinese session, a mere 30 minutes after markets opened, has thrown U.S. and European markets into a tailspin.

Last we checked, however, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes were composed of U.S. companies that might do some business in China, but still earn the vast majority of their revenue elsewhere. And elsewhere, economic fundamentals are looking way better than the gloomy start to this year’s trading would suggest.

The U.S. economy will probably grow around 2.5% this year, which isn’t great, but is a sustainable pace that seems nowhere near overheating.  Read More…

AAPL
146.28
+0.65
+0.45%
XOM
81.61
+0.53
+0.65%
MSFT
71.21
+0.95
+1.35%
JNJ
136.43
+0.38
+0.28%
WFC
52.45
-0.04
-0.08%
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
JPM
86.86
-0.16
-0.18%
PG
89.42
+0.39
+0.44%
PFE
34.17
+0.11
+0.32%
VZ
45.39
-0.03
-0.07%
CVX
105
+0.55
+0.53%
T
37.95
-0.15
-0.39%
BAC
22.82
-0.11
-0.48%
DIS
104.36
+0.14
+0.13%
FB
155.07
+1.67
+1.09%
C
63.41
-0.21
-0.33%
MRK
66.16
+0.14
+0.21%
GOOG
965.59
+8.5
+0.89%
KO
45.25
+0.18
+0.40%
CMCSA
39.5
-0.44
-1.10%
HD
151.31
-4.17
-2.68%
GILD
70.52
+0.04
+0.06%
INTC
34.19
-0.17
-0.49%
IBM
154.11
-0.29
-0.19%
CSCO
32.09
+0.24
+0.75%
PEP
116.96
+0.81
+0.70%
AMZN
1003.74
+2.44
+0.24%
ORCL
50.95
+0.65
+1.29%
V
95.58
+1.63
+1.73%
WMT
74.84
-0.68
-0.90%
AAPL
146.28
+0.65
+0.45%
XOM
81.61
+0.53
+0.65%
MSFT
71.21
+0.95
+1.35%
JNJ
136.43
+0.38
+0.28%
WFC
52.45
-0.04
-0.08%
GE
27.57
+0.02
+0.07%
JPM
86.86
-0.16
-0.18%
PG
89.42
+0.39
+0.44%
PFE
34.17
+0.11
+0.32%
VZ
45.39
-0.03
-0.07%
CVX
105
+0.55
+0.53%
T
37.95
-0.15
-0.39%
BAC
22.82
-0.11
-0.48%
DIS
104.36
+0.14
+0.13%
FB
155.07
+1.67
+1.09%
C
63.41
-0.21
-0.33%
MRK
66.16
+0.14
+0.21%
GOOG
965.59
+8.5
+0.89%
KO
45.25
+0.18
+0.40%
CMCSA
39.5
-0.44
-1.10%
HD
151.31
-4.17
-2.68%
GILD
70.52
+0.04
+0.06%
INTC
34.19
-0.17
-0.49%
IBM
154.11
-0.29
-0.19%
CSCO
32.09
+0.24
+0.75%
PEP
116.96
+0.81
+0.70%
AMZN
1003.74
+2.44
+0.24%
ORCL
50.95
+0.65
+1.29%
V
95.58
+1.63
+1.73%
WMT
74.84
-0.68
-0.90%