Uncertainty over the fate of
presidency continued to weigh on the stock market at midmorning.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
was down 213 to 7652. In the broader market, the
was down 25 to 981, while the tech-heavy
Nasdaq Composite Index
was down 44 to 1581. The small-cap
was down 8 to 345.
Meanwhile, the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond was up 21/32 to 104 4/32, yielding 5.23%.
Hope for equities seeing an upside today is about nil.
"It's definitely going to be a down day," said Peter Coolidge, managing director of equity trading at
Brean Murray Foster Securities
. The only question is how much it's going to be down, he said, adding that the most critical point in today's session will come in the last hour of trading.
Eyes around the country have fallen on Capitol Hill, where independent counsel
report on the Clinton and
debacle was delivered yesterday. The report is expected to contain evidence of potentially impeachable offenses by the president. Uncertainty over what is contained in the report is fueling skittishness in an already jumpy market.
"The sooner the report gets released the better," Coolidge said.
(R-Ill.), chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee
, this morning said the report will be posted on the Internet. Reports have the posting coming as soon as this afternoon.
Not only has the Clinton situation been a drag on stocks today, the market also has other issues to contend with, including worries about U.S. corporations' profits going forward and continued global financial and political uncertainty.
has been a particular standout against the market's broad-based carnage. The stock lately was up 2 1/8, or 8.4%, to 27 1/2.
points out in today's
Herb on TheStreet that
is reliably thought to have been sniffing around 3Com for some kind of deal. Intel was down 1 5/8 to 79 5/8.
New York Stock Exchange
, 2,334 decliners were leading 430 advancers on 226 million shares.
Nasdaq Stock Market
losers were beating winners 2,692 to 622 on 220 million shares.
On the NYSE, 285 issues were at new 52-week lows while 5 were at new highs. On the Nasdaq, 292 issues were at new lows while new highs totaled 2.