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16 Jun 2022

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U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's biggest rate increase and amid worries of a recession.

Mega-cap firms Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) fell 3% each in premarket trading, with Nasdaq 100 futures plunging by a similar margin.

Geir Lode, head of global equities at Federated Hermes said, (NYSE:FHI) Limited said, "We view it as increasingly likely that a recession and higher unemployment will be necessary to tame inflation: with such a gloomy macro picture looming over the markets."

Following the Fed meeting, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) said the odds of a recession now stand at more than 50%.

The S&P 500 is down 20.5% year-to-date and is in a bear market as investors grapple with a sharp slowdown in growth. The Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 indexes were set to mark their 10th weekly decline in past 11 weeks.

At 6:40 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 601 points, or 1.96%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 91.25 points, or 2.41%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 330.75 points, or 2.84%.

On the equities front, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) led losses among major U.S. banks with a 2% slide.

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