U.S. stocks sank lower Tuesday as traders returned to Wall Street for a holiday-shortened week after Labor Day.
The benchmark S&P 500 fell 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by the same margin, or about 230 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite led losses, tumbling more than 1%. The moves come after three straight weeks of losses for the major averages.
“The market will enter the first full week of September looking to snap a three-week losing streak as investors continued to digest the Fed’s ‘we will not be sidetracked’ inflation-fighting message,” Chris Larkin, managing director of trading at Morgan Stanley’s E*TRADE said in a note Tuesday.
“Bulls hoping for a rebound will be doing so during a shortened Labor Day week that historically has paralleled September and its track record of underperformance: Losses have been slightly less frequent over the past three decades, but volatility has been higher.”
Treasuries ticked higher as investors await the Federal Reserve’s next policy move later this month. The benchmark 10-year note climbed to 3.269%, while the 2-year Treasury note rose to yield 3.449%.
Oil prices edged lower after a temporary rally on the heels of the first supply cut by OPEC+ in more than a year as the group works to manage global crude markets. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 0.5% to $86.44 per barrel while Brent futures ticked down 0.2% to $92.81.
In cryptocurrency markets, Bitcoin (BTC-USD) again slipped below the $20,000 level.
Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) plunged 18% at the start of the session Tuesday morning. Last week, the home-goods retailer announced in a strategic update that it would lay off staff and shutter approximately 150 stores as part of a turnaround effort for its struggling business.
Reports surfaced this weekend that the company’s chief financial officer Gustavo Arnal died by suicide Friday afternoon after falling from a skyscraper in New York’s Tribeca area known as the “Jenga” tower. Prior to his death, Arnal was named in a $1.2 billion shareholder lawsuit alleging involvement in a “pump…