Dow tumbles more than 600 points, wipes out 2018 gains

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A turbulent day on Wall Street ended Tuesday with stocks climbing almost all the way out of a steep, broad sell-off that at one point erased more than 500 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 125.98 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,191.43, the S&P 500 lost 15.19 points, or 0.55 percent, to 2,740.69 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 31.09 points, or 0.42 percent, to 7,437.54.

Technology and health care companies took heavy losses Tuesday.

Caterpillar's stock price tumbled after the heavy equipment manufacturer warned that Trump's taxes on imported steel were driving up production costs.

A wave of selling emerged across semiconductor stocks, dragging the broader tech sector lower, after chipmaker STMicroelectronics' weaker guidance fuelled worries about peak profit growth in the wake of Texas Instruments' downbeat report a day earlier.

The Nasdaq again flirted with correction territory, falling more than 10 percent from its August 29 record closing high before paring losses to end off those levels.

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The Cboe Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term gyrations for the S&P 500, jumped 4.52 points to close at 25.23, its highest close since February 12. The Nasdaq slid 131 points, or 1.8 percent, to 7,306.

The Nasdaq slid 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,457.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.13 percent. The government is expected to say Friday that the US economy grew by 3.3 percent in the third quarter, after growing by 4.2 percent in the second quarter.

Traders bid up shares in McDonald's after the fast-food chain reported third-quarter results that topped analysts' forecasts.

The price of crude oil fell, pulling down energy stocks. Brent crude, used to price global oils, gained 0.3 percent to $76.67 per barrel in London.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe were trading higher.

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The S&P 500 has declined for five straight sessions and is now down 6.5 percent from its record closing high on September 20.

The S&P 500 index fell 16 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,724.

European Central Bank policy makers could on Thursday confirm that asset purchases will end this year, reiterating its pledge to keep interest rates at record lows through summer 2019.

The decline in oil price weighed on energy stocks. Halliburton lost 4 percent to $34.95. The stock gained 5.7 percent to $176.16.

The dollar weakened to 112.44 yen from 112.47 yen on Tuesday. The euro rose to $1.1486 from $1.1466. Silver dropped 0.8 percent to $14.68 an ounce.

Germany's DAX fell 0.7 percent, while the CAC 40 in France lost 0.3 percent. Copper dropped 1 percent to $2.76 a pound. The index is now off about 9.4 percent from its September 20 peak. Britain's FTSE 100 inched up 0.1 percent.

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Futures on the Nikkei 225 Stock Average were down 2.7 percent in Singapore.