Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — Stocks tumbled around the world, led by China, while the yen, dollar and Treasuries rose as investors speculated that a rally in riskier assets has outpaced prospects for economic growth. Energy and commodity prices also slid.
The MSCI World Index of 23 developed nations sank 2.8 percent at 4:12 p.m. in New York, the biggest retreat since April. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 2.4 percent to 979.3 after China’s Shanghai Composite Index slumped 5.8 percent, the most since November. The yen strengthened against all 16 of the most-traded currencies tracked by Bloomberg, while the dollar advanced against every one except the yen. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to its lowest level in almost a month.
“The stock-market reaction overseas has woken people up to the fact that it’s not going to be a straight line up,” said Myles Zyblock, chief institutional strategist at RBC Capital Markets in Toronto. “People are starting to question the strength of the recovery.”