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Stocks tumble as Fed stresses need for stimulus

Sep 24. 2020
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By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Rita Nazareth, Sarah Ponczek · BUSINESS 

Stocks slumped to an eight-week low amid warnings from Federal Reserve officials on the need for more stimulus to lift the world's largest economy from a coronavirus-induced recession. The dollar rallied.

The S&P 500 closed near the threshold that many investors consider to be a market correction, while the Nasdaq 100 tumbled more than 3%, led by giants Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated there's a long way to go for the economic rebound, which will likely require more support. The need for further aid was also stressed by Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, Governor Randal Quarles and regional chiefs Charles Evans, Loretta Mester and Eric Rosengren.

The warnings come days after Congress all but ended its pursuit of a bipartisan spending bill to focus on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It's another blow to investors who are also watching virus cases tick higher in the U.S. amid a resurgence in infections around the world. Traders are growing cautious about the strength of the economic recovery, with the chances for Congressional stimulus withering ahead of a contentious election battle. The benchmark gauge of U.S. equities is poised for its first monthly slide since March.

"Markets are digesting and grappling with this idea that the growth expectations that investors have might not materialize," said Lauren Goodwin, economist and multi-asset portfolio strategist at New York Life Investments. "As the fiscal impulse in the U.S. starts to wane, some of these expectations for a slow and steady recovery are shaken."

On corporate news, Tesla Inc. plunged after its "Battery Day" event fell short of expectations. Nike Inc. rallied on solid earnings, while GoodRx Holdings Inc. -- which operates a telemedicine site and platform to track drug prices -- surged in its trading debut.

Here are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

--The S&P 500 declined 2.4% at 4 p.m. EDT.

--The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.6%.

--The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.2%.

Currencies

--The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped 0.7%.

--The euro fell 0.4% to $1.1659.

--The Japanese yen depreciated 0.4% to 105.40 per dollar.

Bonds

--The yield on 10-year Treasurys was unchanged at 0.67%.

--Germany's 10-year yield was unchanged at -0.51%.

--Britain's 10-year yield increased two basis points to 0.218%.

Commodities

--West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.7% to $39.52 a barrel.

--Gold depreciated 2.1% to $1,859.48 an ounce.

--Silver depreciated 7.3% to $22.62 per ounce.

 

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