Stock market today
S&P 500: 3,991.24,-132.10(-3.20%)
Dow 30: 32,245.70,-653.67(-1.99%)
Russell 2000: 1,756.39,-83.18(-4.52%)
Stock market news
“U.S. stocks slid Monday to extend last week’s losses, as investors looked ahead to more data this week on inflation and earnings to gauge the strength of the economy and corporate profits as the Federal Reserve continues to tighten monetary policy.
The S&P 500 dropped more than 3% and ended at its lowest level since March 2021, closing below 4,000. The Nasdaq Composite plunged by 4.3% as technology stocks came under renewed pressure. And the Dow shed more than 650 points, or 2%, to settle at 32,245.70.
A combination of concerns on the geopolitical, COVID-19 and inflationary fronts have weighed heavily on risk assets in recent weeks, triggering volatility across stocks, cryptocurrencies and commodities. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, jumped above 34, or well above its longer-run average of around 20.
“The path of least resistance remains lower for global equity markets to start the week. The overwhelming focus continues to be on inflation, rising interest rates, and the war in Ukraine,” Brian Price, head of investment management at Commonwealth Financial Network, wrote in an email Monday. “The combining factors of tight supply chains resulting from China’s zero COVID policy, and rising oil and food prices due to the war in Ukraine, are causing inflationary fears that are triggering a move out of risk assets. The market is void of major positive catalysts right now, so it is not surprising that we’re starting the week off under pressure.”
Investors this week are awaiting more data on the state of inflation in the U.S., which will help show how much more aggressive the Fed many need to be in order to rein in elevated price pressures. Wednesday’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Thursday’s Producer Price Index (PPI) for April are expected to show a deceleration in price increases, suggesting March may have been the peak in the rate of price increases across the economy.
This data will come in the wake of the Fed’s latest monetary policy decision and press conference from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, which was met with heightened volatility among risk assets. Stocks spiked and then slid, and Treasury yields marched higher following the monetary policy decision, as investors appraised whether the tools at the central bank’s disposal will be sufficient to keep inflation from becoming further entrenched while preserving economic growth.”
Stock market source: Yahoo Finance