S&P500 closes lower for fourth day as recession fears bite


The S&P500 index closed yesterday at its lowest point in four days following a steady decline as investors in American stocks concern themselves with the possibilities of a recession.

The prestigious index which contains some of Wall Street's most heralded blue chip giants lost 1.44% to close at 3,941.26, while the Nasdaq Composite sank 2% to finish at 11,014.89. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 350.76 points, or 1.03%, to settle at 33,596.34.

The majority of the losses in this week's retraction in US stock values have been caused by bank stocks as well as shares in some media companies, which is perhaps in line with the concern about exposure to unserviceable debt by individuals and businesses should a recession bite.

Investment banks are taking a cautious stance, and Morgan Stanley this week released news that it plans to make redundancies amounting to approximately 2% of its workforce, and whilst inflation in the United States has actually decreased and is now standing at around 7.7%, it is well over 10 in the UK and in some parts of Europe, where many large American corporations have substantial operations and have to fork out more capital to keep pace with the increasing price of everything from materials to logistical costs and wages.

When considering yesterday's declines, the S&P is now down 3.2% this week and the NASDAQ has decreased in value by 3.9%.

The Federal Reserve is still looking at interest rates and has taken a very conservative approach, but it appears that analysts and investors have not ruled out the possibility of a recession taking place across the United States in 2023, even if it is not likely to be to the same extent as the impending recessions in Europe and the United Kingdom.

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