Stock Market Today: Stocks Swing After Fed Signals More Rate Hikes

The Fed stood pat on interest rates this time around but the central bank's hawkish outlook made for a volatile afternoon.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell
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Stocks spent the day mostly higher in the lead up to this afternoon's policy announcement from the Federal Reserve. However, the major indexes swung lower after the central bank, as expected, held interest rates steady, but forecast more rate hikes to come. 

Price action ultimately stabilized into the close, though one major index woefully underperformed its peers.  

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.