Dow futures slide 250 points as market worries mount


U.S. stock-index futures fell Sunday night, following a losing week on Wall Street amid worries about Fed policy and the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
slid about 250 points, or 0.7%, as of 11:45 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. S&P 500 futures
were down 0.9%, or 40 points, while Nasdaq-100 futures
slid 1%, or 155 points. Oil prices also sank, with front-month West Texas intermediate crude
falling nearly $2 a barrel Sunday night, and Brent crude
the global benchmark, similarly off.

The Dow
dropped more than 500 points, or 1.5%, on Friday, and the S&P 500
and Nasdaq Composite
following it lower. For the week, the Dow lost 1.7%, the S&P 500 dropped 1.9% and the Nasdaq tumbled 3%. Last week’s losses came as investors weighed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s hawkish pivot, speeding up its reduction of monthly bond purchases and predicting three interest-rate hikes next year. On Sunday, President Joe Biden’s signature $2 trillion spending plan appeared doomed as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he cannot support it — potentially handing Biden and Democrats a major political loss. Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases are growing sharply in many parts of the world, fueled by the rapid spread of omicron. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he expects record cases of COVID-19 this winter, and urged people to get vaccinated and get boosters. Wall Street has a shortened week coming up, with markets closed Friday for the Christmas holiday.

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