S&P 500 Slips as Tech Stumbles as Fed Minutes Hint at Step Up in Tightening

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S&P 500 Slips as Tech Stumbles as Fed Minutes Hint at Step Up in Tightening
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com -- The S&P 500 slipped Wednesday, as tech was pressured by rising Treasury yields after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s March meeting signaled that central bank members were in favor of stepping up the pace of the monetary policy tightening next month.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.11%, or 36 points, the S&P 500 fell 0.5%, and the Nasdaq fell 1.4%.

The Fed is “well placed to begin the process of reducing the size of the balance sheet as early as after the conclusion of its upcoming meeting in May," the Fed minutes showed on Wednesday.

Under the plan, the Fed would allow about $60 billion in Treasury securities and about $35 billion in agency MBS to roll off its balance sheet, which current stands at nearly $9 trillion.

The 10-year yield topped 2.6% to surged to more than three-year years as investors digested the prospect of the Fed tightening monetary policy aggressively in upcoming meetings.

Growth sectors of the market like tech, which are less attractive in periods of rising rates and inflation, continued to creep lower, pressuring the broader market.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) led big tech lower, down more than 2%, while Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL ), Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) fell more than 1%.

Chip stocks also struggled, pressured by a 6% slump in Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA ), and weakness in Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO ) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ).

Intel fell less than 1%, however, after the chipmaker said it would end or scale back operations in Russia following the latter's invasion of Ukraine.

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) fell more than 3% as electric vehicle reportedly doesn’t expect to resume production at its Shanghai factory until at least Friday following a Covid-led shutdown.

On the deal making front, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU ) fell more than 7% a day after the airline’s tabled a $3.6 billion takeover bid for rival Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE ).

In other news, Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY ) bucked the broader trend lower, rising more than 6% after delivering an unexpected profit in the third quarter and announced that its subsidiary Manitoba Harvest's hemp powders would be available at more than 300 Whole Foods Market locations across the U.S.

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