North America luxury stocks drop as Hong Kong protests mount

Tiffany & Co, Estee Lauder, Movado Group and other North America luxury-goods stocks sank after protests in Hong Kong escalated and all flights at the region’s airport were canceled.

Hong Kong is a major market for expensive consumer products, and the protests, which have continued for 10 straight weekends, are disrupting retail businesses, travel, and gaming.

An index of North America luxury goods has fallen nearly 30% since late April, when protests began over a – now shelved – extradition bill. That compares to a drop of about 1.6% for the S&P 500 Index over the same period. The group has also been battered by the continued back-and-forth of the US-China trade war.

The Bloomberg North America Luxury Goods Index (BIUSLGCP) fell as much as 3.6% on Monday, extending Friday's 3.7% drop. Top decliners in the index include Fossil Group, Tapestry Inc and Capri Holdings. Non-index member Signet Jewelers plunged as much as 12%.

Earlier, European luxury names including LVMH, Richemont and Burberry fell on bourses in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Copenhagen.