Banks, technology stocks lead another decline on Wall Street

<p><p>Banks and big technology stocks were leading another decline on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday and every major index is on track for a weekly loss.</p></p><p><p>The S&amp;P 500 fell 0.9% as of 12:12 p.m. Eastern. Roughly 70% of stocks within the benchmark index were lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 501 points, or 1.4%, to 35,395 and the Nasdaq fell 0.3%.</p></p><p><p>After pushing the S&amp;P 500 to a record high last week, investors have been taking money off the table as the <a href=”” target=”—blank”>Federal Reserve moves to dial back stimulus and fight inflation</a>. Both the S&amp;P 500 and the Nasdaq are headed for their third weekly drop in the last four.</p></p><p><p>Technology stocks have been leading the losses as Wall Street prepares for rising interest rates. Microsoft fell 1.2% and Adobe shed 3%.</p></p><p><p>Large technology companies often have lofty valuations based on assumptions about their profitability going far into the future.</p></p><p><p>Those valuations are typically more acceptable to investors when interest rates remain low, but become less desirable as interest rates rise.</p></p><p><p>The Federal Reserve has signaled plans to speed up its reduction in monthly bond purchases that have helped keep interest rates low.</p></p><p><p>The shift in policy sets the stage for the Fed to begin raising rates sometime next year.</p></p><p><p>“The cat is kind of out of the bag now and it seems like inflation is something that’s going to be more persistent in 2022,” said Charlie Ripley, senior investment strategist for Allianz Investment Management.</p></p><p><p>Bond yields fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury slipped to 1.39% from 1.42% late Thursday.</p></p><p><p>That weighed down banks, which rely on higher yields to charge more lucrative interest on loans. JPMorgan Chase fell 2.4%.</p></p><p><p>Losses were broad throughout other sectors. A wide range of retailers, communications companies and industrial firms also fell.</p></p><p><p>Sectors considered less risky held up better than the rest of the market. Losses weren’t as severe for real estate companies and utilities.</p></p><p><p>European markets were lower, and Asian markets closed mostly lower overnight.</p></p><p><p>Wall Street is also gauging the potential impact from <a href=”” target=”—blank”>surging coronavirus cases</a> with the new omicron variant. Public health experts in Europe have been urging greater precautions amid the latest wave.</p></p><p><p>Investors are also considering heightened tensions between China and U.S. amid an already strained global supply chain.</p></p><p><p>In the U.S., Congress <a href=”″ target=”—blank”>approved legislation barring all imports from China’s Xinjiang region</a> unless businesses can prove they were produced without forced labor.</p></p>