Stock futures fall as traders weigh another large rate hike from Federal Reserve

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Brendan McDermid | Reuters

U.S. stock futures fell on Wednesday night following a volatile session in the major averages as traders weighed another large rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures declined by 124 points, or 0.41%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.6% and 0.76%, respectively.

During the regular session on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 522 points, or 1.70%, despite jumping more than 300 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 shed 1.71%, and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 1.79%.

The Federal Reserve passed through a third consecutive 0.75 percentage point increase. Policymakers pledged to continue raising rates as high as 4.6% in 2023 before pulling back in the fight against inflation, spurring fears on Wall Street that the economy could tip into a recession.

The central bank expects to raise its year-end rate to 4.4% in 2022, continuing aggressive action against rising prices through the remainder of the year. 

“I think they should slow down,” DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime.” “Monetary policy has lags that are long and variable, but we’ve been tightening now for a while,” he added, noting that the impact of the tightening could lead to a recession.

On the economic front, the latest data on weekly jobless claims is expected Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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