Dow Plunges Nearly 500 Points In Biggest Drop Since February As ‘Worst-Case’ Inflation Fears Mount

Pressure is building ahead of Wednesday’s consumer price index report.

5/12/2021 9:00:00 AM

The Dow plunged nearly 500 points since February as inflation concerns mounted ahead of the monthly consumer price index report

Pressure is building ahead of Wednesday’s consumer price index report.

ToplineAfter a forceful Monday selloff, the market plunged again Tuesday as inflation concerns mounted ahead of the monthly consumer price index report, putting massive pressure on stocks in industries that were hardest-hit by the pandemic.A trader keeps an eye on things on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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© 2019 Bloomberg Finance LPKey FactsThe Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 472 points, or 1.4%, to 34,271 on Tuesday, marking its worst daily showing sinceplummeting560 points on February 28; the S&P 500 fell 0.9%.Though it led morning losses, the tech-heavy Nasdaq pared back a steep 2% plunge to end the day down just 0.1%, pushing it about 5.5% below a late-April high.

“What started in technology earlier this month has finally moved over to the broader markets," LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick said of the Tuesday sell-off, noting that continued supply chain and labor shortages are adding to the inflationary pressures spooking investors.

Among Dow stocks that fell hardest Tuesday were Home Depot, Travelers Insurance, Chevron and American Express, down between 2.5% and 3.2% apiece.In the S&P, apparel-maker Hanesbrands plunged 12% after aearnings report, while energy companies Pioneer Natural Resources and Occidental Petroleum tanked 8% and 5%, respectively, on fuel shortage fears following the gas pipeline shutdown in the East Coast.

Despite the market weakness, biotech firm Ginkgo BioworksTuesday that it’s raised $2.5 billion to go public, via a special purpose acquisition company, in a deal that values the 12-year-old company at more than $15 billion—100 times the company’s expected 2021 sales of $150 million.

Crucial Quote “With China and the U.S., the world’s two largest economies, showing signs of rising inflationary pressures, investors are getting nervous,” Sophie Griffiths, a market analyst at Oanda, wrote in a Tuesday note. “The overriding fear is that pandemic stimulus combined with reopening economies will spark a sharp drive high in inflation, forcing central banks to take action, tightening policy and potentially slowing down the economic recovery.”

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