Bernanke Goes Out With A Bang, Stocks Sink

Michael Teague |

Stocks on Wall Street headed sharply lower near the end of Wednesday trading, after outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presided over the final Committee meeting of his tenure by slicing off another $10 billion from the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing programme.

The timing of the move is uncharacteristically bold for the central bank, and stocks were already trading lower before the announcement as investors weather a lackluster earnings season, as well as signs of trouble brewing in emerging-market currencies

  • Standard & Poor’s 500: -1.02 percent to 1,774.20

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: -1.19 percent to 15,738.79

  • Nasdaq: -1.14 to 4,051.43

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On the S&P 500:

As is often the case, tech stocks were hit the hardest by the day’s news, with Yahoo! (YHOO) down nearly 9 percent by the bell, along with Facebook (FB) , AT&T Inc. (T) , and data storage device maker EMC Corporation (EMC) all down around 3 percent.

On the Dow:

The most spectacular decline on the Dow was Boeing (BA) , who saw shares down over 5 percent by closing time as a result of a fairly dismal earnings report the company released earlier in the day. Most of the benchmark index’s components finished off the day in the red, but DuPont (DD) and Microsoft (MSFT) were bright-spots, up 2 and 1 percent resectively.

On the Nasdaq:

Apple (AAPL) dropped over 1 percent by the end of Wednesday’s trading session, while other tech heavy-hitters Micron Technology (MU) and Intel (INTC) were also lower. Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) was down nearly 6 percent, while major chemical producer Cereplast (CERP) was down 6.25 percent.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
FB Facebook Inc. 115.52 0.42 0.37 18,339,400
INTC Intel Corporation 34.11 0.35 1.02 13,516,368
ARIA ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc. 13.37 0.30 2.26 2,204,435
AAPL Apple Inc. 109.65 0.16 0.14 16,631,734
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 73.06 -0.56 -0.76 1,245,019
BA Boeing Company (The) 151.30 -1.09 -0.72 1,046,534
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 40.05 0.42 1.06 3,812,871
MU Micron Technology Inc. 19.06 0.58 3.14 15,805,294
T AT&T Inc. 38.64 -0.24 -0.62 7,457,098
EMC EMC Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.22 0.02 0.03 14,017,400
PXBBF Pt Bank Permata Ord A n/a n/a n/a 0

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