Day Traders Diary

8/22/22

The major averages fell sharply in its worst day since June, as the summer rally fizzled out and fears of aggressive interest rate hikes returned to Wall Street. The Dow fell 643 points, or 1.91%, to 33,063. The S&P 500 dropped 2.14% to 4,137 while the Nasdaq Composite tumbled 2.55% to 12,381. It was the worst day of trading since June 16 for the Dow and the S&P 500.

Those losses come on the back of a losing week, which snapped a four-week winning streak for the S&P 500. Still, the broader market index remains about 13% above its June lows.

Investors are anticipating what could be a volatile week of trading ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's latest comments on inflation at the central bank's annual Jackson Hole economic symposium.

"When you see the market right now dropping down like this, this is the market saying the Fed has to be more aggressive to slow the economy down further" if they want to bring inflation back down, said Robert Cantwell, portfolio manager at Upholdings.

Tech stocks declined on concerns over more aggressive rate hikes from the Fed. Amazon fell 3.6%. Semiconductor stocks dropped with Nvidia down about 4.6%. Shares of Netflix were roughly 6.1% lower following a downgrade to sell from CFRA.

All sectors lower in the S&P 500

All 11 sectors in the S&P 500 were in the red on Monday. Consumer discretionary, communication services and information technology were the biggest losers, as investors dumped shares of cyclical and growth stocks. The sectors were last down 2.8%, 2.7% and 2.6%, respectively.

Energy was the best-performing sector, down 0.85%.

Nearly all stocks in the S&P 500 are down

Nearly all members of the S&P 500 were affected by the pullback. During Monday afternoon trading, there were 480 losing stocks, and just 23 members in the green, according to FactSet.

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