June 21, 2012 / 6:13 PM / 5 years ago

Goldman Sachs recommends shorting U.S. stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs recommended shorting the S&P 500 index with a target level of 1,285 on Thursday, saying the latest U.S. data suggests that weakness in the economy has extended into June.

”This morning, the Philly Fed print of -16.6, down sequentially and worse than expected, provides further evidence that weakness has extended into June,“ Goldman said in a note to clients. ”We now think, with incremental U.S. monetary policy on hold, the market will need to confront a deteriorating growth picture near term.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank reported that factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region contracted for a second straight month in June, with its business activity index at a reading of minus 16.6.

The S&P 500 was trading down 1.6 percent at 1,333.70 in afternoon trading.

Reporting By Edward Krudy

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