Stock Plunge Nears Bear Territory After Fed Hike

Published Wednesday, December 31, 1969 at: 2:00 PM EST

The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed Friday at 2416.62, teetering near bear market territory and threatening to end the 10-year bull market, the longest in U.S. history.

The S&P 500 hit an all-time closing high on September 20th, but has swiftly plunged by 17.8% since then, and its near bear market territory.

Friday's loss of 2% on top of Thursday's drubbing of 1.6% came in reaction to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chairman, Jerome Powell's, announcement on Thursday afternoon of a quarter-point hike in its key lending rate.

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

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