Art Cashin: Bond Yields Reinforce 'Bad' Economy

The Dow tumbled more than 150 points Tuesday after a report showed a sharp drop in existing-home sales, confirming the market's worries about the recovery. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, discussed his insights.

“The comments out of Stiglitz* that Europe might be rolling over…and there was [Martin] Wheale—who is on the British equivalent of the FOMC—he said a double-dip cannot be ruled out,” Cashin told CNBC.

“That got the currency markets a little bit roiled up and it’s put pressure on the futures.”

Cashin said the S&P 500 is approaching some “critical support” levels at around 1,056 to 1,060.

In addition, Cashin said yields have been lower on the 10-year and the 30-year bonds, which reinforces the idea that the economy looks “really bad.”

“The lower those yields go, the more people say there’s real palpable fear out there,” he said. “A London economist wrote: ‘There’s a growth market in pessimism these days and bonds are underscoring that.’”

*Joseph Stiglitz, nobel laureate & economist. Track his outlook:

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No immediate information was available for Cashin or his firm.