Futures Movers: Dow futures slide nearly 300 points as market worries mount

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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 280 points, or 0.8%, as of 11 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. S&P 500 futures

were down 1%, or 45 points, while Nasdaq-100 futures

slid 1.1%, or 173 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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