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Stocks Slide as Short-Sellers Cash In on Fedspeak: Markets Wrap

  • Dollar posts biggest weekly advance since April 2020
  • Fed officials’ comments quell expectations for a softer pivot
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Stocks fell in a decisive pivot that snapped the longest weekly rally since November, as short-sellers resurfaced and investors turned cautious after Federal Reserve officials beat the drum on hiking rates. Treasury yields climbed, while the dollar capped its best week since April 2020.

The S&P 500 Index notched its biggest daily decline since June, sending the benchmark to its first weekly loss in five weeks. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 underperformed major benchmarks, with growth-related stocks among the hardest hit Friday. Meanwhile, Wall Street’s fear gauge, the Cboe Volatility Index, jumped the most in more than two weeks, back above 20.