Investors are recovering from Monday’s dramatic global stock selloff.
U.S. stocks started Tuesday with small gains and losses. The Dow was off 20 points, after gaining over 40 points at the open. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were each down 0.1%.
European markets were also mostly up a little after China’s markets weathered a tough day. The Shanghai ended with a 0.3% loss Tuesday. The Chinese government tried to reassure investors Tuesday, announcing it had was pumping $20 billion into the financial system.
Tuesday’s modest start follows a brutal day for investors around the world. The dramatic declines globally were prompted by news that China’s factory production had been weaker than expected. The country’s main stock market in Shanghai actually halted trading after stocks fell 7%.
Investors read it as a sign that China’s economy might be slowing down faster than previously thought.
That grim news sent markets south. After European markets sold off, the Dow dropped as much as 467 points before recovering a little and ended the day off 276 points.