A heavy sell-off in technology stocks dominated the overnight trading sessions in Europe and the United States, sending Wall Street's Nasdaq Composite Index to its biggest two-day loss since September.
Investors took profits in the sector, after Apple shares endured their biggest drop in 14 months on Friday, owing to reports the tech giant was using slower modems in upcoming iPhone models, compared with those used in rival phones.
Oil prices bounced back and at 7.15am AEST, West Texas Crude oil had risen to $US46.05 a barrel, the price of a barrel of Tapis had increased to $US48.22, while spot gold had edged down to $US1,265.02 an ounce.
Topics: company-news, stockmarket, australia, european-union, united-states "Mother's guilt" will drive working mums to "crunch" time, pick up men's slack and risk their own health in order to get everything done — a habit that has real health and societal side-effects, says one researcher.
By Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for Great Moments in Science