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Stocks, Bonds Fall as Tough Week Comes to End: Markets Wrap

  • Fed’s signal of aggressive policy tightening dominates trading
  • Investors also monitor war in Ukraine, China’s Covid lockdowns
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Markets ended the week on a negative note as U.S. equities faded in the final minutes of trading and Treasuries fell on Friday following declines sparked by the Federal Reserve’s plan for aggressive monetary-policy tightening.

The S&P 500 slid, bringing its weekly decline to 1.3%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 also fell, adding to its worst weekly performance since mid-March. Meanwhile, Treasury losses deepened with investors closely watching for a reversal in curve steepening seen in the wake of Wednesday’s Fed minutes, which outlined plans to reduce the balance sheet alongside interest-rate hikes.