Stock Market Today: Stocks Fall for Fourth Consecutive Session

The path of least resistance remains lower for equities amid rate-hike worries and recession jitters.

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Stocks closed lower Monday in a choppy session noticeably light on volume. A lack of economic news – and the fact that the bond market was closed in observance of Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day – helped make for a quiet day of trading. 

Still, heightened anxiety over central bank tightening (opens in new tab), a rising dollar and a dour outlook for the automotive industry made further declines the path of least resistance for equities. Shares in General Motors (GM (opens in new tab), -4.0%) and Ford Motor (F (opens in new tab), -6.8%) sold off after Wall Street analysts predicted both carmakers would suffer steep earnings declines next year. 

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The bottom line? U.S. stocks kicked off the week with a fourth straight day of losses. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3% to close at 29,202 while the broader S&P 500 slipped 0.8% to 3,612. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost -1.0% to settle at 10,542.

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Other news in the stock market today:

  • The small-cap Russell 2000 shed 0.6% to 1,691.
  • U.S. crude futures declined 1.9% to $90.87 per barrel.
  • Gold futures fell 2.0% to $1,675 an ounce.
  • Bitcoin slipped 1.3% to $19,216. (Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day; prices reported here are as of 4 p.m.)

AI's Top Stock Picks

October is supposed to be the "bear market killer (opens in new tab)," but we've yet to see evidence of the 10th month coming to the rescue in 2022. An uncomfortably robust September jobs (opens in new tab) report did nothing to dissuade the Federal Reserve from sticking to its hawkish stance on inflation. And just when consumers were starting to see some relief from rising energy prices (opens in new tab), OPEC and its allies decided to slash production of crude oil. Although the move creates opportunities for investors in some of the best oil stocks (opens in new tab), it was decidedly bad news on both a personal finance and macroeconomic level. 

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is a financial writer at Kiplinger, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.


A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.


Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.


In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics and more.


Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.


Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.