Dow drops 741 points as stocks take a beating after Fed interest rate hike

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 741 points on Thursday as markets faced renewed concerns about a potential recession after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by 75 basis points Wednesday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

June 16 (UPI) — Wall Street took a beating on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75% in an effort to get inflation under control.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 741.46 points, or 2.42%, while the S&P 500 fell 3.25% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.08%.

The blue-chip Dow fell to 29,927.07 points, falling below 30,000 for the first time since January 2021, while the S&P and Nasdaq were both in bear market territory, or 20% down from a recent record, down 24% and 34% respectively.

All three major indexes were on track to post losses for the week with the Nasdaq down 6.1%, while the S&P has fallen 6% and the Dow has dropped 4.7% for the week.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve concluded a two-day policy meeting and hiked interest rates by 0.75%, something it had not done in nearly 30 years. The move was widely expected by most analysts and is seen as a necessary measure to get a better handle on rising inflation.

Markets initially rallied to close with modest gains following the Fed’s announcements but gave up those gains and more on Thursday as investors again expressed concern about a recession.

“We continue to anticipate that the Fed will have to move more aggressively that signaled at [Wednesday’s] meeting and that this tightening will trigger a recession in 2023 that leads to a more material rise in the unemployment rate,” Matthew Luzzetti, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank, wrote in a note.

Intel stock fell 3.39%, Walgreens dropped 2.6%, 3M fell 2.45%, Home Depot declined 2.24% and JPMorgan chase slid 1.72% as all of the stocks fell to 52-week lows on Thursday.

Tech stocks receded from a two-day rally with Tesla falling 8.54%, Nvidia dropping 5.6%, Apple declining 3.97%, Netflix sliding 3.75% and Amazon closing down 3.72%.

Travel stocks were also on the decline with Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival and Royal Caribbean all falling more than 11%, while United Airlines dropped 8.21% and Delta declined 7.45%.


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