Technology Shares Lead Losses, S&P 500 Index To End Four-Day Win Streak
U.S. shares turned lower on Thursday as market participants digested the result of the Federal Reserve’s decision to start unwinding its stimulus program last month and signal that the central bank may raise rates at the end of this year.
The S&P 500 shed 0.3% to trade at 2,501.00, falling from a record logged yesterday. The decline threatens to end a four-consecutive-day win streak for the stock benchmark index. Nine of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors were trading in the negative territory on Thursday, with technology shares leading declines.
Shares of Nvidia Corp. plunged more than 4 percent after reports that its customer Tesla is working with its rival – chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices – to develop its own A.I. chip for self-driving cars. Meanwhile, shares of Apples remained weak after the technology giant on Wednesday admitted some problems with wireless connectivity for its new Apple Watch 3.
The Fed on Wednesday decided to keep its interest rates unchanged in a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent as widely expected. The central bank announced that it would start shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month and trimming its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities that it acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.
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