US stocks stumble as Donald Trump’s comments hit healthcare shares

S&P 500 down 0.23%, Nasdaq Composite falls 0.37%


Investors are closely watching Trump’s speech, looking for clues on where his priorities as the new president lie, after taking office on 20 January and how he plans boost economic growth. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
Investors are closely watching Trump’s speech, looking for clues on where his priorities as the new president lie, after taking office on 20 January and how he plans boost economic growth. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

US stocks slipped on Wednesday, weighed down by healthcare stocks after president-elect Donald Trump commented on the need for competitive drug pricing in his first formal news conference after his victory.

Investors are closely watching Trump’s speech, looking for clues on where his priorities as the new president lie, after taking office on 20 January and how he plans boost economic growth.

Eight of the 11 major S&P sectors were lower. The healthcare sector dropped 0.787% after Trump said the country needs more competitive drug bidding.

He said pharmaceutical companies are “getting away with murder” by charging high drug prices.

Lockheed Martin dropped about 1% after Trump said the F-35 fighter jet project “is way behind schedule and billions over budget.”

At 11:33 am ET (1633 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 3.99 points, or 0.02%, at 19,859.52, the S&P 500 was down 5.26 points, or 0.23%, at 2,263.64 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 20.77 points, or 0.37%, at 5,531.05. Reuters

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