Title: US Stock Market Slumps as Major Indexes Close in Negative Territory
Date: September 20, 2022
The three major U.S. stock indexes experienced a collective decline on September 20, as reported by Securities Times. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) closed at 34,440.88 points, down by 0.22%. Simultaneously, the S&P 500 also dropped by 0.94% to 4,402.20 points, and the Nasdaq Composite fell by 1.53% to 13,469.13 points.
Tech giants faced significant losses during the trading day, with Intel witnessing a 4.54% decline. Alphabet’s Class A shares, parent company of Google, fell over 3%, while Nvidia experienced a nearly 3% drop. Other notable losses included Netflix and Microsoft, both down over 2%, Apple with a 2% decline, and Amazon, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Tesla, all decreasing by more than 1%.
Energy stocks also experienced a general decline, with Occidental Petroleum and Devon Energy plummeting by over 2%. ConocoPhillips saw a decrease of more than 1%, while Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, and others experienced relatively minor losses.
Chinese concept stocks also faced a downward trend, with Xpeng Motors witnessing a sharp drop of more than 6%. Pinduoduo fell by nearly 4%, while NetEase and iQiyi both declined by nearly 3%. Vipshop, Tencent Music, Alibaba, Bilibili, New Oriental, and Baidu were among the companies that experienced decreases of over 1%. Meanwhile, JD.com, Ctrip, and Weibo faced slight losses. There were a few outliers, however, as Nio rose by over 3%, Beike increased by more than 2%, and Li Auto experienced a slight gain.
Simultaneously, the Federal Reserve announced its decision to slow down the pace of interest rate increases, keeping the federal funds rate target within the range of 5.25% to 5.50%. The resolution also indicated the possibility of further interest rate hikes in the future, as reflected in the dot plot. Most members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) anticipate another rate hike before the end of the year, with policymakers expecting the easing measures to be reduced next year.
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