U.S. stocks ended sharply lower on Friday, as a relentless rout in oil prices, which closed at their lowest levels in seven years, weighed on the main benchmarks. Meanwhile, concerns about a junk-bond selloff ahead of a potential interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve rattled Wall Street. All three main indexes posted their steepest one-day decline since Sept. 28.
U.S. stocks rallied on Friday with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials posting their biggest one-day gains in nearly three months. Investors took a strong U.S. jobs report as a further indication that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month. Comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who said the bank can do more monetary stimulus if needed, also helped lift markets.
Energy stocks fell alongside oil prices, while Walt Disney Co. DIS, -shares fell today 2.98% after the media giant said in a regulatory filing that its ESPN sports network lost 3 million subscribers this year (1) and about 7 million over the last two years (1). Healthcare conglomerates continue merging at a fast pace with Pfizer and Allergan deal. Consumer confidence comes in lower than expected.