Dow drops 300+points after inflation surge, oil hits $109


U.S. stocks fell after the Consumer Price Index jumped 7.9% cementing inflation concerns. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 300 points or 1%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite dipped by about 1%. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33052.85 -233.40 -0.70%
SP500 S&P 500 4240 -37.88 -0.89%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13066.869546 -188.68 -1.42%

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Soaring U.S. inflation remains an overhang for Americans. February’s CPI  hit 7.9% year-over-year, amid strong consumer demand and lingering pandemic-related supply chain woes. Energy prices drove a bulk of the increases.  

The Labor Department reported new weekly claims for unemployment benefits were 227,000 slightly higher than estimates. Continuing claims, which track the total number of unemployed workers collecting benefits, rose to 1.490 million.

The price of oil resumed its move higher after a sharp drop on Wednesday with U.S. crude hovering around $109 per barrel. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 74.97 -0.47 -0.62%
BNO UNITED STS BRENT OIL FD LP UNIT 31.18 -0.06 -0.18%
UGA UNITED STATES GASOLINE FUND LP PARTNERSHIP UNITS 56.76 -1.55 -2.66%

Gas prices climbed to a fresh record $4.31 per gallon. 

In stocks, Amazon in focus after announcing a 20-for-1 stock split becoming the second large tech company after Google to split their stock. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 2,929.44 +143.86 +5.16%
GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 2,668.40 +126.31 +4.97%

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Bitcoin traded around $39,000.

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FOX Business’s Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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