US Stocks Sold Off For a Fourth Straight Day, Dow Jones Slips 485 Points

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US stocks sold off for a fourth straight day on Friday as fears of higher interest rates and slowing economic growth continued to roil markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average entered a bear market intraday after plummeting 20% from its last high, and hits its lowest close of 2022, slipping below the previous low of s 29,888.78 on June 17. S&P Global’s Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped to 48.2 in September from 48.9 last month, showing that business activity contracted faster.

That underscored fears that a wave of rate hikes this week from the Federal Reserve and other central banks will snuff out economic growth. For the week, the Dow lost 4.5%, the S&P 500 gave up 5.2%, and the Nasdaq tumbled 5.5%.

Here’s where US indexes stood as the market closed at 4 p.m. on Friday: 

  • S&P 500: 3,693.49, down 1.72%
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: 29,591.47, down 1.61% (485.21 points)
  • Nasdaq Composite10,867.93, down 1.8%

Here’s what else is happening in the market: 

  • Goldman Sachs slashed its year-end forecast for the S&P 500, and warned that the Fed’s aggressive policy path will lead to further sell-offs in stocks.
  •  But Fundstrat’s Tom Lee remains resolute in his view that the stock market will soar into year-end.
  • Russia plans to cut natural gas exports by 40% over the next three years, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • Europe is scrambling to put a price cap on Russian oil and it is likely to be included in new sanctions proposals.

In commodities, bonds and crypto:

  • Oil prices plunged, with West Texas Intermediate down 5.6% to $78.85 a barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, shed 4.7% to $86.24 a barrel.
  • Gold dropped1.8% to $1,650.90 per ounce.
  • The 10-year yield slipped 2.7 basis points lower to 3.681%.
  • Bitcoin dipped 2.7% to $18,809.

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