Stocks fall as Wall Street struggles to regain its footing, tech sector lags

Stocks fell Monday as traders tried to regain their footing amid increasing concerns over rising rates and tighter U.S. monetary policy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 83 points, or about 0.3%. Earlier in the day, the Dow was down about 300 points. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.3% and 0.7%, respectively.

Tech and health care were the worst-performing S&P 500 sectors. Dow Inc and Salesforce led the 30-stock Dow Industrials lower.

Wall Street suffered a sharp sell-off on Friday, when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s short and blunt remarks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, appeared to extinguish hopes of the central bank changing its aggressive course of rate hikes in the months ahead.

The Dow fell 1,008 points, or just over 3%, for its worst day since May. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite fell 3.4% and 3.9%, respectively, for their worst days since June. The drop erased the August gains for all three averages.

“While the aggressive and unrelenting selling from Friday is abating, there isn’t much genuine buy demand – even the bulls want to get through some of this week’s major macro events (including China’s PMIs and the Eurozone CPI on Wed and the US jobs report on Friday) before stepping back in on the long side,” wrote Adam Crisafulli of Vital Knowledge. “The late-summer attendance/volume conditions make the environment even more treacherous than normal, while Sept’s horrible seasonals are just one more factor keeping people on edge.”

The rest of the week brings more Fed speeches, including Vice Chair Lael Brainard on Tuesday, before August’s nonfarm payrolls report on Friday.

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