Dow falls 643 points for worst day since June

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 643 points Monday for its worst day since June as a summer markets rally began to wane. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. markets tumbled on Monday as a summer rally on Wall Street appeared to fizzle out.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 643.13 points, or 1.91%, and the S&P 500 dropped 2.14% for their worst sessions since June 16. The Nasdaq Composite also declined 2.55%.Markets declined Friday to post losses for the week, snapping a four-week winning streak for the S&P 500.

Monday’s losses came as investors anticipated a potentially volatile week of trading as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is set to deliver comments on inflation at the central bank’s annual Jackson Hole economic symposium.

“When you see the market right now dropping like this, this is the market saying the Fed has to be more aggressive to slow the economy down further” to bring down inflation, said Robert Cantwell, portfolio manager at Upholdings.

Tech stocks declined amid concerns about more aggressive rate hikes from the Fed, with Amazon falling 3.62% and Netflix stock dropping 6.06% after research company CFRA downgraded the stock.

Semiconductor stocks also declined, with Nvidia stock dropping 4.57%.

The 10-year treasury yield was trading above 3% Monday, its highest level since July 20, after falling as bonds rallied along with stocks during the summer.

Oil futures were volatile, as West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, fell below $87 per barrel Monday morning before rising back to near $90 per barrel amid news of possible production cuts from Saudi Arabia.

Bitcoin fell below $21,000 briefly after it and fellow cryptocurrency ethereum both fell 8% on Friday.

Meme stocks remained in focus Monday, with shares of AMC plummeting 41.95% as its new preferred share class began trading under the ticker symbol “APE.”


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