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Stocks plunged on Friday and hit new lows for 2022, wrapping up a brutal sell-off this month as investors continued to dump tech shares amid ongoing uncertainty around an economic slowdown caused by surging inflation and the prospect of aggressive interest rate hikes.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.8%, over 900 points, while the S&P 500 lost 3.6% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite 4.2%.

The Nasdaq posted its worst month since October 2008, falling roughly 15% as tech stocks were among the hardest hit by sell-offs in recent weeks.

Both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 (down nearly 9% this month) hit new lows for 2022 as investors continue to face a myriad of uncertainties, from the Federal Reserve’s upcoming interest rate hikes and surging inflation to Covid-19 cases in China and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Shares of tech giant Amazon became the latest to crater following weaker-than-expected first quarter earnings: The stock plunged 14% on Friday after disappointing results.

Shares of other tech stocks also moved lower, with Intel and Apple falling 7% and nearly 4%, respectively, amid gloomy outlooks that spooked investors.