US markets plummet over fears of rising inflation and interest rate hikes

US markets plummet over fears of rising inflation and interest rate hikes

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The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,175 points, or 4.6%, erasing its gains for the year. The Dow’s drop on Monday was its biggest in terms of points, but it had a larger percentage drop as recently in 2011.

The Dow is down 8.5% from the record high it hit in late January. The slump began on Friday as investors worried that higher inflation and interest rates could derail the long-running rally.

At one point the Dow was down as much as 1,600 points. The Dow ended at 24345. The Standard & Poor’s 500, the benchmark for many index funds, fell 113 points, or 4.1%, to 2648. The Nasdaq fell 273, or 3.8%, to 6967.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.73%.

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