Stock prices for entertainment companies and small businesses have plunged as a result of a recent wave of violence in the US and worldwide.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 100 points, or 0.2 per cent, in early morning trade.
The S&P 500 was down 1.1 per cent.
The Nasdaq was down 5 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite was down 2 per cent respectively.
The drop was a surprise for investors who had hoped for more stability and higher returns in the near term.
“The market has been hit by a very significant amount of violence this year,” said Jim Wertheim, chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Wealth Management in New York.
“It is very difficult for the average investor to come back and get a decent return, so it is not good to see these numbers in the news.”
The decline in stock prices comes at a time when investors are starting to worry about what may come next.
US President Donald Trump, a staunch supporter of the US military, has been accused of inciting the violence by calling for a crackdown on protesters in the wake of the election.
The US stock market has also been battered by a series of corporate scandals, including the fallout from the resignation of the head of Goldman Sachs.
The crash comes amid a growing focus on technology as the next generation of digital businesses become more prevalent.
A wave of violent events across the US in recent weeks has led some to question whether technology companies can provide the stability and predictability they have long sought.
Many have questioned whether the future of tech is a one-way street.
“There’s a growing concern about the potential for tech to disrupt traditional businesses and industries, particularly in the tech industry, and that could have a serious impact on the future,” said Mr Wertheimer.
“I’m worried that a lot of this will be undone.”
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