All three major U.S. equity indices ended a volatile September with their first losses since January and worst monthly performances since March 2020. The S&P 500 declined nearly 5% last month, closing at the lowest level since July and ended the quarter below its 50- and 100-day moving averages. Only the S&P 500 finished positive for the quarter, while the Dow and Nasdaq Composite posted negative returns. The S&P 500 rose fractionally in the third quarter, logging its smallest three-month gain since March 2007. As the quarter drew to a close, investors became wary amid heightened viral hospitalization rates, rising inflation and the impending Fed stimulus drawdown, as well as unresolved wrangling in Washington.
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