Investors sold off stocks on Thursday as they anticipated a possible recession and braced for the Federal Reserve to raise rates. Citing Dow Jones Market Data, the Wall Street Journal reports that the major indexes fell between 7.02 and 9.38 percentage points from Wednesday’s highs to Thursday’s lows, their largest swings since the first half of 2020.
The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 5%, the largest one-day percentage decline since June 2020. The S&P dropped 3.6%, and the Dow slid 3.1%, erasing Wednesday’s gains.
The S&P 500 lost more than 13% of its value between January and April, the worst start to a year since 1939, according to CNN. Tech stocks in particular have taken a beating, with the Nasdaq Composite down 21% this year, closing Thursday at its lowest level since November 2020.
According to Bank of America Global Research strategists led by Michael Hartnett, the global market sell-off has more room to run.
“Base case remains equity lows, yield highs yet to be reached,” the BofA team wrote in a research note published on Friday, adding that the market is struggling with how to price in inflation and sluggish growth. “Paralysis rather than panic best describes investor positioning.”
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