Stocks decline. Dow declines by almost 1,300 points as inflation statistics raise concerns, On Tuesday, all three major indices fell as worse-than-anticipated inflation statistics fueled concerns that the Federal Reserve would have to keep rapidly hiking interest rates to keep prices under control.
The S&P 500 index as a whole fell by more than 4% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by about 1,300 points. For both indices, it was the worst day since June 2020. The Nasdaq experienced its worst day since March 2020, losing more than 5% of its value.
According to the most recent consumer price index, prices increased 8.3% in August compared to a year earlier. Inflation did not decrease as much as Wall Street had anticipated, even though that was less than in June. Investors were caught off guard by the inflation data. They were clinging to the expectation that prices would have dropped more in August.
However, the most recent CPI statistics revealed that a wide range of items, including necessities like food, power, and rent, continue to increase in price. The Fed will likely need to raise interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point at its meeting the following week, marking the third consecutive rate increase of that scale, according to the markets.
Some traders were even preparing for a full percentage point increase in interest rates from the Fed. In general, inflation readings continue to be too high for policymakers, according to High-Frequency Economics’ chief U.S. economist, Rubeela Farooqi. She stated in a note following the release of the statistics, “Coupled with a labor market that is still strong, the figures seal the deal for another aggressive, 75-basis point rate hike next week.”