Stocks fall after back-to-back weekly losses

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US stocks extended their defeat on Monday after stocks posted consecutive weekly losses for the first time since late September.

The S&P 500 (^GSPC) fell 1.2%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) fell about 285 points, or 0.9%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) fell 1.8%.

Monday’s moves follow a sell-off last week that came after Federal Reserve officials raised their overnight policy rate by half a percentage point. Fed Chair Jerome Powell also stressed that interest rate hikes will continue into the new year and that policies will remain restrictive for as long as necessary to contain still high inflation – even if it has economic consequences.

The S&P 500 lost 2.1% this week, the Dow 1.7% and the Nasdaq 2.7%.

“Data showing a cooling in inflation may have given the market a short-lived boost, but the fact that the Fed stood firm with Powell pointed to the point that interest rates could remain high for some time to come. some investors probably grounded,” Chris Larkin, managing director of trading at Morgan Stanley’s E*TRADE, said in a note.

In other parts of the market, US Treasury yields rose, while the US dollar index declined. Oil rallied, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures rising nearly more than 1% to trade above $75 a barrel.

Shares of Tesla (TSLA) reeled after rising and falling as much as 3% earlier in the session following CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter poll asking whether he should step down as head of the social media platform he recently acquired. Oppenheimer downgraded the stock, calling sentiment “severely damaged.”

Last week, shares of Tesla fell 16% — the worst week since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 — on concerns about Musk’s management of Twitter and the sale of Tesla stock.

Megacaps were also under pressure, with Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOG) each up more than 1%. Shares of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms (META) fell 3.8% after the European Union accused the company of violating antitrust laws by distorting competition in online classified advertising markets.

AMC Entertainment (AMC) dropped below $5, its lowest since March 2021.

The company announced Monday that it has raised more than $162 million from its AMC Preferred Equity units (APE) since the program’s inception a few months ago, with the proceeds to pay down debt and fund strategic acquisitions. .

Elsewhere, shares of Disney (DIS) fell 4.6% after “Avatar: The Way of Water” fell short of industry expectations of more than $170 million in opening weekend revenue.

Shares of Coinbase (COIN) hit a record low of $34.64 during the session and fell more than 3.5% in afternoon trading.

The US central bank’s reports of continued restrictive monetary policy have dampened hopes of a Santa Claus rally – a steady rise in the stock market that takes place around the holiday season. With its second weekly drop on Friday, the S&P 500 is now down nearly 6% month-to-date.

“It was a one-two punch – it was about the Fed and then some weaker economic data – and that has created an image of a Fed that has been relentless about inflation and perhaps careless about the economy, not particularly acknowledging how much of an impact and how much damage it’s done so far,” Invesco Chief Global Market Strategist Kristina Hooper told Yahoo Finance Live. “The general concern is that we’re heading into a recession based on what the Fed has already done, and what’s more, the Fed is poised to do more.”

Traders work on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S. Dec. 14, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Before markets close for a long Christmas weekend, investors are in for a frantic economic and earnings setup that could provide further hints about the direction of Fed policy in the new year.

This week’s economic calendar will bring investors the latest Personal Consumer Expenditure Price Index — or PCE — which is the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, as well as another reading on GDP, a suite of housing data, and the Conference Board’s measure of consumer confidence. .

Earnings from Nike (NKE), General Mills (GIS), FedEx (FDX), Micron Technology (MU) and Carnival Cruises (CCL) are also highlights this week.

Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnyc

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