Retail stocks dipped 0.2 percent Monday after getting caught in the market’s general downdraft as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below 10,000 for the first time since November.
The S&P Retail Index, which rose as much as 1.3 percent in early trading, slid 0.57 points to 392.27. The Dow lost 1 percent, or 103.84 points, to 9,908.39. The S&P 500 dipped 0.01 points to 1,066.18 and the Nasdaq fell 0.7 percent, or 15.07 points, to 2,126.05.
Investors were skittish over the indebtedness of European governments and whether those woes could have a ripple effect on the economic recovery.
The latest declines came after a 1.2 percent drop last week in the S&P Retail Index and a 0.5 percent decline in the Dow. U.S. markets have fallen four consecutive weeks.
In Europe, investors found their footing after last week’s debt-driven declines and advanced the CAC 40 by 1.2 percent to 3,607.27 in Paris and the FTSE 100 up 0.6 percent to 5,092.33 in London.
Asian investors pushed down the Nikkei 225 by 1.1 percent to 9,951.82 in Tokyo, the Hang Seng Index slid 0.6 percent to 19,550.89 in Hong Kong and the SSE Composite Index fell 0.1 percent to 2,935.17 in Shanghai.
China’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund disclosed investments in more than 80 U.S. companies, including stakes in American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Johnson & Johnson.
According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Beijing-based China Investment Corp. Friday, the country held 200,000 shares of specialty mainstay American Eagle and 145,000 shares of skin care giant J&J at the end of last year.
Shares of American Eagle inched up 0.6 percent to $15.74 on Monday, as J&J fell 0.4 percent to $62.37.
China’s other holdings included Apple Inc., investment firm Blackrock Inc., which has stakes in numerous fashion firms, and Coca Cola Co. In total, the country reported $9.62 billion in U.S. holdings. China also holds about $800 billion in U.S. treasury debt.
Former Merrill Lynch chairman and chief executive officer John Thain, 54, took the helm at CIT Group Inc. as chairman and ceo. Peter Tobin had been interim ceo since Jeffery Peek stepped down last month. CIT, which exited bankruptcy proceedings in December, also said it would prepay $750 million of its $7.5 billion first lien credit facility today.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)