U.S. stocks retreated this week, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index having its biggest decline since December, amid weaker-than-estimated housing data and reports showing manufacturing contracted in Europe and China.
Stocks rose on March 23 as a jump in oil prices lifted energy shares. The rally failed to help the industry avoid posting the worst performance for the week among the S&P 500’s 10 groups, falling 3 percent as Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) slumped 11 percent. The Dow Jones Transportation Average lost 2.5 percent, the most since Nov. 25, as FedEx Corp. tumbled amid a disappointing earnings forecast. Apple Inc. (AAPL) advanced 1.8 percent after announcing its first dividend in 17 years.
Saudi plans $91bn spend to spur petchem sector
Saudi Arabia has earmarked $91 billion to be spent over the next 10 years to build new petrochemicals plants and expand existing ones as well as integrate refineries with petrochemical units, accordi