The US stock market just took a major dive. What’s going on?

Tesla, eBay, and Airbnb were among the Nasdaq-100’s worst performers on Thursday.

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Key points

  • The US stock market plummeted overnight following Wednesday's strong session
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite each dumped between 3% and 5%
  • The fall was likely a belated response to the US Federal Reserve's decision to hike interest rates 0.5% earlier this week

Australia is waking up to a grim scene after US stock markets tumbled overnight.

The S&P 500 Index (SP: .INX), plunged 3.56%, cancelling out Wednesday’s euphoric gain.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQ: .IXIC) was hit harder still. As most of Australia snored, it plummeted 4.99% in its worst session since June 2020. It’s now at its lowest level since 2020.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) also suffered in Thursday’s session overseas. It gave up more than 1,000 points, or 3.12%.

The US stock market’s downturn could spell bad news for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) on Friday, particularly ASX 200 tech stocks, which often react to the Nasdaq’s movements.

Here’s what might have dinted the US stock market overnight.

US stock markets flop in Thursday’s session

US stocks struggled overnight, with the nation’s markets giving up Wednesday’s notable gains.

The S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average launched 2.9%, 3.2%, and 2.8% respectively on Wednesday, likely driven by positive sentiment out of the United States Federal Reserve.

The Federal Open Market Committee decided to increase interest rates by 0.5% to between 0.75% and 1% on Wednesday – its biggest increase in 22 years – in an effort to tackle inflation.

However, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell also commented that the entity wasn’t “actively considering” hiking interest rates by another 0.75%.

Powell’s confidence appeared to quell the market’s nerves on Wednesday. However, concerns apparently reared their head once more in yesterday’s (Aussie time) session.

Some US stock market favourites dragged on the NASDAQ-100 (NASDAQ: NDX) overnight.

The index slumped 5% driven by the likes of Airbnb Inc (NASDAQ: ABNB) and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA). The stocks were among the Nasdaq-100’s worst performers, both slumping 8%.

Meanwhile, the share price of eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) tumbled 11% on the back of the company’s quarterly results.  

Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) was one of only a few Nasdaq-100 stocks closing in the green on Thursday. It gained 3% on news demand for travel surged during the March quarter.

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Airbnb, Inc., Booking Holdings, and Tesla. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended eBay. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Booking Holdings. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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