Markets Fearful as NASDAQ Drops 4% and Dow Slips Under 30,000

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Stocks tumbled on Thursday as worries roared back to the fore that the fragile economy of the United States may buckle under higher interest rates.

The S&P 500 fell 3.3% in a widespread wipeout.

Traders worry whether the Federal Reserve can tiptoe the narrow path of hiking interest rates enough to get inflation under control but not so much that they cause a recession.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.4% and all but 3% of the stocks in the S&P 500 dropped.