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U.S. Stocks Slide On Worries Fed Will Slow Monetary Easing

By Midnight TraderMay 22, 2013 04:43PM ET
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U.S. Stocks Slide On Worries Fed Will Slow Monetary Easing
By Midnight Trader   |  May 22, 2013 04:43PM ET
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U.S. stocks fell, Wednesday, reversing an early rally amid rising concern that the Federal Reserve may soon scale back its stimulus efforts if the labor market continues to improve. All 10 sectors in the S&P 500 ended in the red, with healthcare stocks finally giving in to the broad-based selloff and falling into negative territory. Utilities, materials and energy stocks posted the steepest declines. Most commodities also lost ground on speculation the central bank will stop adding liquidity to the economy, reducing their appeal as a hedge against future inflation.

Early Rally
U.S. stocks rallied early in the day, with the Dow rising as much as 150 points, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said in his prepared remarks to Congress a premature withdrawal of quantitative easing would put the economic recovery at risk. But shares later turned south after he said in response to a question the central bank could "step down" its pace of asset purchases during the next few meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee if the labor market continues to improve and "we have confidence that that is going to be sustained."

The decline accelerated in late trade following the 2 p.m. release of minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed that, "a number of participants expressed willingness" to start tapering its quantative easing as early as its June 18-19 meeting -- far earlier than many market participants currently expect.

Commodities were mostly lower. Crude oil for June delivery (CLM13.NYM) settled $1.90 lower at $94.28 per barrel while June natural gas (NGM13.NYM) slid a penny, finishing at $4.19 per 1 mln BTU. June gold fell $10.20 to $1,367.60 per ounce while July added 2 cents to settle at $22.46 per ounce. July copper climbed 4 cents to finish at $3.37 per pound.

Here's Where The U.S. Markets Stood At Day's End

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average down 37.52 (-0.24%) to 15,350.06
  • S&P 500 down 13.81 (-0.83%) to 1,655.35
  • Nasdaq Composite down 38.82 (-1.11%) to 3,463.30
GLOBAL SENTIMENT
  • Hang Seng Index down 0.45%
  • Shanghai China Composite Index down 0.12%
  • FTSE 100 Index up 0.53%
UPSDIE MOVERS
  • (+) CLNT, Becomes certified supplier of components to Sinopec (SNP) and China National Petroleum.
  • (+) ZLC, Reports Q3 net earnings of $0.13 per share, reversing a $0.14 net loss in the year-ago quarter and beating analyst expectations looking for a $0.01 per share loss. Revenue declines 0.4% to $443 mln but also topped estimates by $3 mln.
  • (+) SKS, Reportedly has hired Goldman Sachs to assist the high-end retailer in exploring strategic options, including a possible sale of the company, two sources with knowledge of the situation told the New York Post.
  • (+) MBND, Agrees to a $116-mln buyout by privately held Goodman Networks, receiving $3.25 a share in cash. Goodman also will redeem all of its preferred stock and repay MBND outstanding bank debt.
DOWNSIDE MOVERS
  • (-) AMAG, Recalling a batch of its Rienso anemia drug following a death and several cases of hypersensitivity.
  • (-) STP, Talks between European and Chinese officials over export prices for solar-energy component failed, according to China's Xinhau News Agency, citing sources involved in the discussions. LDK, SWI, HSOL and RSOL also are sharply lower after the report.
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