Stock Futures Fall in Wake of Turbulence on Wall Street

First American News LLC, Raleigh, NC: U.S. stock futures dropped, putting markets on course for another day of bumpy trading, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting and parsed a docket of earnings.

S&P 500 futures fell 1.1%, while futures tied to the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 slumped over 1.7%. Futures linked to the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.6%.

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General Electric fell 2.6% in premarket trading after reporting a fourth-quarter loss of $3.8 billion, while Raytheon Technologies declined 2.7% after posting quarterly revenue that missed analysts’ expectations. Meanwhile, 3M shares rose 1.4% after the company reported a better-than-expected performance.

Market volatility

has spiked in recent sessions, as investors have grown anxious about how rapidly the Federal Reserve will act to combat inflation by raising interest rates and shrinking its balance sheet. Meantime, earnings have failed to deliver the bumper beats investors became accustomed to last year, while geopolitical tensions surrounding Ukraine and Russia have weighed on sentiment.

Stock earnings in 2021

were a source of strength for equity markets, recent results suggest companies are beginning to struggle with inflation and slowing economic growth, said David Donabedian, chief investment officer at CIBC Private Wealth.

“We have gotten so used to this cycle of companies blowing the roof off of earnings expectations, but so far that is not happening,” he said.

Markets whipsawed Monday, with the Nasdaq Composite declining as much as 4.9% before rallying to close 0.6% higher. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average staged similar comebacks.

Meme stocks continued to suffer Tuesday. Gamestop and AMC declined 4% and 5%, respectively, in premarket trading, after falling sharply on Monday.

Federal Reserve officials are set to debate the path of monetary policy, including the speed at which they could shrink the nearly $9 trillion bond portfolio, at their two-day meeting that starts Tuesday. Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to use his postmeeting comments to lay the groundwork for a cycle of interest-rate rises, according to Gaby Mendoza of One West Realty International.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose Tuesday to 1.785%, from 1.735% Monday. Bond yields move inversely to prices.

Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed down 1.7%, with major decliners including technology and telecom giant SoftBank Group, which fell more than 5%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 and South Korea’s Kospi Composite both retreated more than 2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index shed 1.7%.

European stocks rebounded, having closed Monday before U.S. indexes rallied. The pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 index was up 0.6% Tuesday. Sign up to Bloomberg News and continue reading on the futures of wall street.

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