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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
156.25
+0.27
+0.17%
XOM
83.11
+0.37
+0.45%
MSFT
78.81
+0.9
+1.16%
JNJ
142.4
+0.36
+0.25%
WFC
54.92
+1.17
+2.18%
GE
23.83
+0.25
+1.06%
JPM
99.51
+1.4
+1.43%
PG
88.25
-3.34
-3.65%
PFE
36.42
+0.18
+0.50%
VZ
49.53
+0.32
+0.65%
CVX
118.64
+0.44
+0.37%
T
35.54
-0.15
-0.42%
BAC
27.17
+0.59
+2.22%
DIS
99.4
+0.39
+0.39%
FB
174.98
+0.42
+0.24%
C
73.53
+0.65
+0.89%
MRK
63.88
+0.13
+0.20%
GOOG
988.2
+3.75
+0.38%
KO
46.38
-0.21
-0.45%
CMCSA
37.22
+0.32
+0.87%
HD
163.43
+0.19
+0.12%
GILD
81.21
-0.38
-0.47%
INTC
40.43
+0.34
+0.85%
IBM
162.07
+1.17
+0.73%
CSCO
34.25
+0.5
+1.48%
PEP
111.61
-1.06
-0.94%
AMZN
982.91
-3.7
-0.38%
ORCL
49.25
-0.1
-0.20%
V
107.55
+0.53
+0.50%
WMT
87.44
+1.04
+1.20%
AAPL
156.25
+0.27
+0.17%
XOM
83.11
+0.37
+0.45%
MSFT
78.81
+0.9
+1.16%
JNJ
142.4
+0.36
+0.25%
WFC
54.92
+1.17
+2.18%
GE
23.83
+0.25
+1.06%
JPM
99.51
+1.4
+1.43%
PG
88.25
-3.34
-3.65%
PFE
36.42
+0.18
+0.50%
VZ
49.53
+0.32
+0.65%
CVX
118.64
+0.44
+0.37%
T
35.54
-0.15
-0.42%
BAC
27.17
+0.59
+2.22%
DIS
99.4
+0.39
+0.39%
FB
174.98
+0.42
+0.24%
C
73.53
+0.65
+0.89%
MRK
63.88
+0.13
+0.20%
GOOG
988.2
+3.75
+0.38%
KO
46.38
-0.21
-0.45%
CMCSA
37.22
+0.32
+0.87%
HD
163.43
+0.19
+0.12%
GILD
81.21
-0.38
-0.47%
INTC
40.43
+0.34
+0.85%
IBM
162.07
+1.17
+0.73%
CSCO
34.25
+0.5
+1.48%
PEP
111.61
-1.06
-0.94%
AMZN
982.91
-3.7
-0.38%
ORCL
49.25
-0.1
-0.20%
V
107.55
+0.53
+0.50%
WMT
87.44
+1.04
+1.20%