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Stocks End a Volatile Month Right Where They Began: Markets Wrap

  • Month end surge erases loss amid nearly unmatched volatility
  • Inflation print adds to debate on how central banks will act
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A tumultuous May for markets ended almost exactly where it started in equities, with a late-session drop Tuesday depositing the S&P 500 less than a point higher than its level a month ago. It was a final twist in a month that saw volatility surge and debates rage around inflation, the Federal Reserve’s plan to subdue it and the impact on the economy.

The S&P 500 fell 0.6% on Tuesday, bringing its monthly return to virtually zero. During the month of May, the benchmark index surged more than 8% after falling within points of a 20% drop from a record, signifying a bear market.