Deere & Co reported that third-quarter profit tumbled 40 % on weak demand for agricultural equipment and a stronger dollar, and gave a bleaker forecast for fourth-quarter equipment sales, sending shares sliding more than 8 %.
The S&P 500 sank 1.5 percent to 1,935.09 at 4 p.m. in New York, the lowest level since Aug. 12. Today’s slide was the biggest in almost three weeks. Selling accelerated in afternoon trading as index futures contracts expiring in December slipped below 1,940, a level where two previous declines had ended earlier today.
U.S. stock-index futures declined, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (CME:SPZ14) poised to drop a second day, amid further signs of slowing growth in Europe and as investors await corporate earnings reports to assess the strength of the American economy.
Dealers for Deere & Co., the biggest farm-machinery maker, are opening new African sites to sell equipment such as the 5503 tractor, its most popular in the region. The $24,000 price is less than a 10th of some of its machines selling in the U.S.