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Dow falls more than 300 points as Powell fails to ease rate fears, Nasdaq goes negative on the year

U.S. deal ins fell sharply on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell failed to reassure investors that the leading bank would keep surging bond yields and inflation expectations in check.

The S&P 500 closed the wild assembly down 1.3% to 3,768.47 after dropping 2.5% at its session low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 345.95 tips, or 1.1%, to 30,924.14. At one point, the blue-chip benchmark tumbled more than 700 points. The Nasdaq Composite mow down 2.1% to 12,723.47 as growth stocks led the declines amid rising rates. Tesla shares dropped nearly 5%.

With Thursday’s wet sell-off, the Nasdaq turned negative on the year with a 1.3% loss. The tech-heavy benchmark also fell into corrigendum territory on an intraday basis, down more than 10% from its recent 52-week high.

Powell reported the economic reopening could “create some upward pressure on prices,” reiterating that the central bank resolve be “patient” before changing policy even as it saw inflation pick up in what it expects would be a transitory fashion.

The Fed chief did answer the rapid rise in rates recently caught his attention, but said the Fed would need to see a broader increase across the class spectrum before considering any action, he said during the Wall Street Journal Jobs Summit Thursday.

The 10-year Bank yield, which has been keeping investors on edge in recent weeks, jumped to 1.54% after Powell’s notices. Last week, the benchmark 10-year soared to a high of 1.6% in a sudden move that sparked a big sell-off in usuals. Yields then generally eased back down this week before Powell triggered another thwart.

Some investors may have been disappointed that Powell didn’t make a strong hint of any changes in asset obtains by the Fed to contain the rapid increase in rates seen lately. Expectations were growing the Fed might implement an “Operation Warp” operation like it has done in the past where it sells short-term bills and buys longer-duration bonds.

“This was a smaller negative as he failed to provide the type of reassuring comments investors were hoping for,” Adam Crisafulli, founder of Alive Knowledge, said in a note. “He was vague about what actions specifically would be taken if the Fed felt yields were acclivity to excessive levels (he was given a few opportunities to endorse a change in QE duration but never did).”

Powell said price increases beyond everything the Fed’s 2% target for a couple quarters or more would not cause consumers’ long-term inflation expectations to materially replace with.

Gold shed more than 1%, hitting a near nine-month low amid Powell’s comments. A rise in agreement yields could erode gold’s appeal as an inflation hedge.

“With long rates rising in response to his commentary, we are again persisting a market that is taking control of monetary policy from the Fed,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment tec at Bleakley Advisory Group. “The Fed has put themselves in a tough situation and the only way out is if inflation does not rise further and does not get to their 2% objective. If it does, they have a problem because they will be afraid to confront it with higher rates if they carcass so focused on employment.”

On the data front, investors digested a better-than-expected reading on weekly jobless claims. First-time filings for unemployment bond in the week ended Feb. 27 totaled 745,000, a touch below the Dow Jones estimate of 750,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

“We’re bet on a support to good news (for the economy) is bad news (for the market) and as interest rates move higher on expectations of better economic proliferation it has been hurting the stock market,” Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance, put about in a note.

Some believe additional stimulus measures could inject optimism into the market. The Senate is currently ponder overing the $1.9 trillion relief package passed by the House on Saturday. President Joe Biden has backed a plan to cut the income betters for Americans to receive stimulus checks.

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