Dec 16, 2022 - Economy

Stocks slump in delayed Fed reaction

NYSE; Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Stocks slumped for a second straight day as investors and traders limped to the end of a big week of news on inflation and interest rates.

Driving the news: The S&P 500 fell by 2.5% on Thursday, its steepest stumble since Nov. 2.

Flashback: If you're wondering about the significance of Nov. 2, it was a day when the Fed lifted interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point, accompanied by hawkish comments from Fed chair Jerome Powell, who said the central bank still had "a ways to go" before it stopped hiking.

  • Powell delivered a similar message Wednesday, saying there would be more pain to come for the economy, as the Fed continued raising rates. (The bank also raised rates by half a percentage point.)

The bottom line: Hopes that a rally this week could shave some of the ugly edges off a bad year for the stock market aren't panning out.

  • The S&P 500 is down now down 18.3% for the year, putting it on track for its worst performance since 2008.
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