May 9 (UPI) — Wall Street’s selloff spilled over into a second week on Monday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled lower amid fresh worries over inflation and tighter Federal Reserve monetary policy.
The Dow fell by as many as 650 points early in Monday’s session before rebounding somewhat. By 2 p.m. EDT the blue-chip index was down about 440 points, or 1.4%.
By the same time, the S&P 500 was down a little more than 100 points, about 2.6%, and the Nasdaq index was down about 450, or about 3.8%.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield reached its highest level in more than three years, trading well above 3%.
The latest downturn began the new week on a negative note following a fifth straight weekly decline for the S&P 500 on Friday.
Over the past year, the Dow is down by about 2,300 points — about 6.6% — and Monday brought its lowest level in more than a year.
Most of the slide on Wall Street in recent months is due to policy actions by the Federal Reserve, which has eased off or ended some of the emergency measures it implemented after the arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020. Last week, the Fed hiked interest rates by a half-point in a bid to corral rising inflation.
Inflation, which accelerated to 8.5% in March — the highest since 1981 — along with rising interest rates, rising oil and food prices due to the war in Ukraine and China’s strict COVID-19 policies are combining to weigh on the market, analysts said.
A brief market rally last week after the Federal Reserve followed through on plans to hike interest rates by only a half-point quickly dissipated and was followed by the “real deal” of uncertainty, Eric Diton of the Wealth Alliance told Yahoo Finance.
“Yes, we know the Fed’s going to hike,” he said. “How many times they’re going to hike? There’s a huge disparity between where rates are and where the inflation rate is. Is the Fed going to have to get up to 6% or 7%, or is inflation going to come down, they’re going to meet in the middle?
“That uncertainty is one of the big factors that’s driving this market to continue to come down.”
“We expect markets to remain volatile, with risks skewed to the downside as stagflation risks continue to increase,” Barclays’ Maneesh Deshpande wrote in a note obtained by CNBC. “While we cannot discount sharp bear market rallies, we think upside is limited.”
Stocks across Europe and much of Asia were also down on Monday.