Market Watch: Day After Rate Hike, Markets Drop


A day after the Fed decided to raise interest rates a quarter of a percent for the first time in a decade, the volatile price of oil along with the energy sector caused the markets to drop today. Energy finished down 2.5% to lead nearly all S&P 500 sectors lower in afternoon trade. U.S. crude settled down 57 cents, or 1.6 percent, at $34.95 an ounce.

David Schiegoleit, managing director of investments at U.S Bank Private Client Reserve explained today’s drop on Wall Street to CNBC:

“The action we saw yesterday I think was a relief rally. … This morning I think the market has moved beyond that. Oil continues to fall this morning. Energy shares have fallen and that has dragged the market down with it.”

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See a review of today’s market activity from CNBC below.

Here are the final numbers from Thursday, 12/17/15 on Wall Street:

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 17,495.84  (-253.25/ -1.43%)

NASDAQ: 5,002.55  (-68.58/ -1.35%)

S&P 500: 2,041.89  (-31.18 / -1.50%)


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