| NEW YORK, June 6
NEW YORK, June 6 Small and midcapitalization
stocks fell on Monday, hitting their lowest levels in more
than two months and outpacing the broader market's losses, with
energy shares among the hardest hit.
Shares of companies including Frontier Oil FTO.N, which
dropped 6 percent to $26.73, fell as oil prices dropped. In
London, Brent crude for July delivery LCON1 settled at
$114.48 a barrel, down $1.36, or 1.18 percent, its lowest
settlement since May 24.
Shares of Superior Energy (SPN.N) were off 5.4 percent to
$34.27 and shares of Helix Energy (HLX.N) were down 4.1 percent
A bleaker economic outlook also weighed on stocks, as
recent data has suggested the U.S. economic recovery is
struggling to keep momentum.
"Earnings expectations are going to have to be brought
down," said Shawn Hackett, president at Hackett Advisors in
Boynton Beach, Florida. "It looks to me like earnings across
the board are going to be really challenging.
"Overall, I think the path (for stocks) is down and can be
down for some time," he said.
The S&P MidCap 400 index .MID fell 1.5 percent while the
S&P SmallCap 600 index .SML declined 1.4 percent. In
comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 .SPX ended down 1.1
The small cap indexes, which posted better gains than the
S&P 500 for the first quarter of the year, could stand to lose
more than the broader market as stock investors turn more
cautious, analysts said.
That's partly because they rely more heavily on the U.S.
economy for their sales and because they are considered
Among other decliners for the day, shares of United
Therapeutics Corp (UTHR.O) were down 5.9 percent at $59 even as
the company said a preliminary analysis of a late-stage trial
of its pulmonary hypertension drug showed the study met its
main goal of improving patients' walking ability. For details,
(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Kenneth