U.S. stocks fell sharply on Wednesday amid disappointing earnings, while concern about heightened speculative trading activity deepened.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 633.87 points, or 2.1%, to 30,303.17 for its worst day since Oct. 28. The S&P 500 dropped 2.6% to 3,750.77, slipping from a record high and suffering its biggest drop in three months. Wednesday’s steep losses wiped out the 2021 gains for the S&P 500 and it’s now down 0.1% on the year. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slid 2.6% to 13,270.60.
Boeing fell nearly 4% after its earnings report showed its 2020 net loss hit a record of $11.9 billion amid the 737 Max grounding and the coronavirus pandemic. Shares of AMD tumbled more than 6% even after the chipmaker posted revenue and earnings that beat Wall Street’s already high expectations.