Investors Mull Over Latest From Fed as Stocks Settle Lower

The Dow rose as much as 300 points during its session highs

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Nov 2, 2022 at 4:26 PM
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Stocks went wild following a highly anticipated rate hike decision from the Federal Reserve, with the Dow surging more than 300 points before settling with a 505-point drop. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq, meanwhile, settled with more than 2% losses. As expected, the central bank lifted interest rates by 75 basis points, marking its fourth-consecutive rate hike and highest level since 2008, in an attempt to beat back rising inflation levels.

However, new comments from the Fed saying it will "take into account" the ways in which tightened monetary policy affects the health of the economy read to some as a promise that this string of rate hikes will soon slow. Jerome Powell quickly dampened some of this optimism, though, noting that "we still have some ways to go" and that "the ultimate level of interest rates will be higher than previously expected." 

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 32,147.76) dropped 505.4 points, or 1.6% for the day. Boeing (BA) led the gainers, adding 2.8%, while Salesforce (CRM) paced the laggards with an 6.1% loss.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 3,759.69) shed 96.4 points, or 2.5% for the day. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 10,524.80) fell 366.1 points, or 3.4% for the session.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 25.86) gained 0.05 point, or 0.2% for the session.

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5 Things to Know Today 

  1. The pilots' union at American Airlines (AAL) turned down a new labor deal in a 15-5 vote, just one day after United Airlines (UAL) pilots rejected a potential agreement amid labor talks between major U.S. airlines and their unions. (CNBC)
  2. CVS Health (CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) have agreed to pay roughly $13.8 billion to settle thousands of opioid claims in the U.S. (Reuters)
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  5. What burnt Cheesecake Factory stock after earnings.

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Oil Prices Hit 3-Week High as Supplies Drop

Oil prices hit their highest level since Oct. 10 after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a weekly drop in U.S. crude and gas inventories, while recent news that Iran could have plans to attack Saudi Arabia also boosted prices. December-dated crude popped $1.63, or 1.8%, to finish at $90 per barrel.

Gold prices eked out a win today, following the Fed's rate hike news. December-dated gold added 30 cents, to settle at $1,650 an ounce.


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