Beginning in 2016 is becoming worse. A further drop in oil prices and China are the main culprits.
On Friday, the Dow Jones fell by 391 item. In just the first two weeks, the index lost 1437 points. The S & P 500 fell 2.3%, Nasdaq down 2.7%, reaching its lowest level since October 2014.
On Thursday, all testified to the fact that the panic on Wall Street is over: the Dow Jones index rose by 228 points - the best day since the beginning of December. However, on Friday, China's stock market came to bear territory, as oil prices continued to fall, which caused another sale of shares. Stock the S & P 500 has fallen below the minimum reached on August 24, before recover.
White House spokesman Josh Ernest said Friday that officials are closely monitoring the movement of the market and its potential impact on the US economy.
Oil excited Wall Street
Stocks moved almost in step with oil prices, which on Friday fell by another 6% to $ 29.28 per barrel. Falling to the lowest since the end of 2003 the mark was caused by fears of further growth in excess of the resource after the lifting of sanctions against Iran.
While the collapse of oil prices - good news for consumers, it is a blow for the energy companies.
Fear seized financial markets. On Friday, the yield on 10-year government bonds fell below 2% for the first time since October. Gold, which is seen as a safe haven, rose in price by 1.4% to $ 1088 per ounce.
Index Fear & Greed (greed and fear index), calculated by CNNMoney, surpasses a mark of "extreme fear".