Stocks Swing Lower After Rate Hike

Oil and gold prices also declined

Sep 26, 2018 at 4:28 PM
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U.S. stocks swung lower, as traders reacted to the latest Fed policy decision. The central bank raised interest rates for a third time this year, as expected, while lifting its outlook for the U.S. economy and removing the "accommodative" phrasing from its post-meeting statement. Meanwhile, in a subsequent press conference, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said a surprise jump in inflation isn't in the central bank's forecasts. The Dow, S&P 500 Index, and Nasdaq all rose to session highs following the announcement, though those gains quickly evaporated, sending all three indexes into negative territory.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 26,385.28) spiraled lower in the final hour of trading, pressured by big losses from financial stocks, ending down 106.9 points, or 0.4%. Only eight of the 30 Dow components had a winning session, with IBM (IBM) taking the top spot with its 1.8% rise. American Express (AXP) paced the losers, down 1.7% at the close.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,905.97) fell 9.6 points, or 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,990.37) shed 17.1 points, or 0.2%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 12.89) moved up 0.5 point, or 3.8%.

Closing Indexes Summary Sept 26

NYSE and Nasdaq Sept 26

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Corporate Earnings Chart Sept 26

Unusual Options Activity Sept 26

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Crude Futures Fall After Inventory Update

Oil prices dipped following a surprise increase in weekly domestic crude inventories. November-dated crude futures slid 71 cents, or 1%, to $71.57 per barrel.

Gold prices fell today, with December-dated gold futures ending down $6, or 0.5%, at $1,199.10 per ounce -- a roughly three-week low. However, gold prices edged up after hours following the rate hike.


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