A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the closing bell in New York, U.S., February 2, 2018 - REUTERS/Lucas Jackson A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the closing bell in New York, U.S., February 2, 2018 - REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Caution after Wall Street caps off worst week in years

Sat, Feb. 3, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO - 3 February 2018: Signs that a long-awaited correction may have arrived on Wall Street will keep investors on edge on Monday after the S&P 500 .SPX closed off the week with its biggest percentage drop in two years.

The S&P 500 has slumped 3.89 percent since hitting a record high a week ago, trimming its gain in 2018 to 3.2 percent.

With the S&P surging more than 20 percent over the past year, selloffs like Friday’s 2.12 percent drop have become rare. No session last year suffered a loss of 2 percent or more, and 2016 had only four declines of that magnitude.

“Sentiment was getting a little frothy, and we were developing some complacency in the market. Now that complacency is coming out of the market,” said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at Suntrust Advisory Services in Atlanta.
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