NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks fell Tuesday following disappointing US consumer data and measured comments from the Federal Reserve chief on the likelihood of an interest rate cut.
Large technology companies including Amazon, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook were especially weak as US stocks fell further into the red as the session progressed.Briefing.com said investors took profits after remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who disappointed the market because he “didn’t strike the overly dovish stance it wanted,” reports AFP.
The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index led the market lower, shedding 1.5 percent to settle at 7,884.72.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7 percent to 26,548.22, while the broad-based S&P 500 tumbled 1.0 percent to 7,884.72.
Powell’s speech in New York amplified the central bank’s recent message that policymakers are ready to step in to protect the world’s largest economy amid heightened worries that US trade conflicts are crimping growth.
But Powell warned that the central bank would not “overreact” to individual data points and short-term swings in sentiment that could quickly evaporate.
The remarks come as futures markets have bet decisively that the Fed will cut interest rates next month.