Stock futures were largely flat Wednesday night as investors continued to react to the Fed’s rate hike and worries about a possible economic slowdown.
The Nasdaq 100 was up 10 points or 0.09%. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 41 points, or 0.14%. S&P 500 futures rose 4 points, 0.11%.
Costco the stock was down about 2.6% in extended trading. Although the retailer posted revenue and profit in the fiscal fourth quarter that beat analysts’ expectations, it is seeing rising transportation and labor costs.
Thursday brought another day of losses as the market remains poised to end the week below where it started. The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.4% to 11,066.81. The S&P 500 fell 0.8% to 3,757.99, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day down 107.10 points to 30,076.68, a loss of 0.3%.
With the latest pullback, the Dow Jones is down about 2.4% this week. The S&P and Nasdaq both posted slightly steeper declines, falling 3% and 3.3% respectively since the start of the week.
Bond yields also continued their upward climb2- and 10-year Treasuries hitting highs not seen in over a decade.
Industrials, consumer discretionary, growth technologies and semiconductors have all been hit by fears of slowing economic growth. Meanwhile, defensive stocks outperformed.
“You just have this volatility that nobody seems to be able to understand,” said Tim Lesko, senior wealth advisor at Mariner Wealth Advisors.
Lesko said more and more investors were starting to accept that a recession could be on the horizon after the Fed’s decision this week to raise rates by 75 basis points and FedEx CEO Raj Subramaniam saying on CNBC last week that he believed one was imminent. Once that happens, Lesko said investors will react differently.
“At some point they will understand that the recession does not mean the end of the world, and they will start to be constructive on equities again,” he said. “But right now, we’re acting like the sky is falling on us.”