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* Q2 GDP numbers show record 33% contraction
* Jobless claims also up, though lower than forecast
* Qualcomm, UPS, P&G up after results
* Indexes down: Dow 1.99%, S&P 1.58%, Nasdaq 1.10% (Updates to open)
By Medha Singh and Devik Jain
July 30 (Reuters) – Wall Street fell on Thursday following a historic contraction in second-quarter GDP and a tweet by President Donald Trump floating the possibility of delaying the U.S. November presidential elections.
Trump, without evidence, repeated his claims of mail-in voter fraud and raised the question of a delay, despite the election date being enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
Earlier in the day, official data showed the U.S. economy suffered its steepest contraction since the Great Depression in the second quarter, as business activity came to an abrupt halt on efforts to slow the virus outbreak.
Jobless claims numbers also showed another rise in the latest week, adding to signs the momentum of economic recovery has slowed, especially in southern and western U.S. states.