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- US stocks fell on Wednesday as markets digested the latest Fed rate hike of 25 basis points.
- Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated that inflation is still high, and said the economy may dodge a recession.
- That relatively optimistic view may have dampened hopes for a Fed pivot to rate cuts later.
US stocks closed lower on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again and signaled further increases may not be coming.
The Fed lifted rates by 25 basis points, as was widely expected, marking the 10th increase in borrowing costs since March 2022.
But subsequent remarks from Chairman Jerome Powell may have dampened hopes for a Fed pivot to rate cuts later. He reiterated that US inflation is still high, and said the odds for avoiding a recession seem greater than than those for entering a recession.
Meanwhile, investors are also awaiting more quarterly earnings reports, with Apple‘s results slated to be released after market close on Thursday.
Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Wednesday:
- S&P 500: 4,090.75, down 0.70%
- Dow Jones Industrial Average: 33,414.24, down 0.80% (270.29 points)
- Nasdaq Composite: 12,025.33, down 0.46%
Here’s what else happened today:
- Bill Ackman took aim at Carl Icahn after Hindenburg Research disclosed a short position in the latter’s company, tweeting that the report is a “must read” with a “karmic quality.”
- Here’s how the world’s top investors are planning to capitalize on the looming credit crunch facing the US.
- The greenback’s dominance in investment flows and global trade is overrated, and isn’t worth more to America than “a fraction of 1%” of its gross domestic product, economist Paul Krugman said.
- Retail investors sold all of the stocks they purchased during the pandemic-era trading boom, according to Goldman Sachs.
In commodities, bonds and crypto:
- West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 4.7% to $68.29 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, dropped 4.3% to $72.04.
- Gold rose 0.4% to $2,032 per ounce.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell 6.6 basis points to 3.37%.
- Bitcoin fell 1.5% to $28,360.