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Stock Market Bloodbath: What You Need to Know About Today’s Crash

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Wall Street Takes a Tumble as Investors Fear Rate Hikes

Wednesday was a day of whiplash on Wall Street, with stocks taking a tumble as investors grew anxious about the Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed a hefty 411 points, or 1.1%, erasing some of the market’s gains for May. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq followed suit, dipping 0.7% and 0.6% respectively.

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Fueling the jitters were comments from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, who hinted that the Fed might hold interest rates higher for longer than previously anticipated. This sent a shiver down the spines of investors, who worry that higher rates could stifle economic growth. The comment came on top of lackluster demand for recent Treasury auctions, further dampening the mood.

The prospect of a rate hike put a damper on all sectors, with the S&P 500 experiencing losses across the board. The energy sector, however, offered a rare bright spot. Marathon Oil shares surged after ConocoPhillips announced a hefty $17 billion takeover deal.

Global Sell-Off as Rate Hike Worries Ripple Across Markets

But not all companies were celebrating. American Airlines shares dipped after the airline cut its outlook for the future, while Salesforce took a tumble after the market closed due to a downbeat forecast.

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The anxiety wasn’t confined to the U.S. markets. International stocks also felt the sting, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and Japan’s Nikkei 225 experiencing losses. The overall sentiment was one of cautious concern, as investors grapple with the possibility of tighter monetary policy.

While some optimism remains for the rest of May, Wednesday’s selloff served as a stark reminder of the volatility that can grip the markets. With the Fed’s next move still shrouded in uncertainty, investors will be watching closely for any further clues that could impact the course of the market in the coming months.

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