Ben Bernanke Stock Market Aftershock: Why The Fed Is Notoriously Bad At Economic Forecasting

Category: Markets / Finance / Jun 20, 2013 1:00PM EDT

Keith Bliss, senior vice president and director of sales & marketing at Cuttone & Co., Inc., weighs in on the stock market's plunge a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech. 

In a press conference after the Fed's policy statement on Wednesday, Bernanke said that if the economy continues to improve, quantitative easing could start winding down towards the end of 2013 and end in 2014.

U.S. stocks tumbled early in the session on Thursday as global shares also declined after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted the central bank may scale back its bond-buying program later this year.

On Thursday at 12:58pm Eastern, the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI dropped 222.40 points, 1.47 percent, to 14,889.79. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX fell 25.76 points, 1.57 percent, to 1,603.28. 

Wall Street declined also on jobless claims data that revealed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week.  Jobless claims jumped 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 354,000 last week, according to the Labor Department. 

Separate data showed the HSBC China Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) fell to a nine-month low of 48.3, compared to the final reading of 49.2 in May. 

Existing-home sales rose in May to the highest pace since November 2009, as sales rose 4.2 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.18 million, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. 

The U.S. June flash factory PMI was little changed as the index inched lower to a 52.2 reading in June from 52.3 in May, Markit said Thursday.