US stocks fell on Thursday, the first day of September, as traders continued to worry about a possible Federal Reserve rate hike.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 145 points, or 0.4%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were down 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively. Both major averages are on track to end the week down about 3%.
Nvidia shares also contributed to the losses, falling more than 5% after the chip maker said The US government restricts some sales in China.
Weekly unemployment claims in the US It dropped to 232,000 for the week ending August 27. This was weaker than what economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected. It is also down from the previous period and the lowest since June 25.
The major averages come from four consecutive days of losses. On Wednesday, the last day of August, the Dow was down about 0.9%. The S&P 500 lost about 0.8%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell about 0.6%.
The Dow closed the month down 4.1%, while the S&P and Nasdaq posted losses of 4.2% and 4.6%, respectively.
Investors are debating whether stocks will once again challenge their June lows in September, a historically weak month for markets, after assessing recent hawkish statements from Federal Reserve officials who showed no signs of easing interest rate hikes.
“If we retest the lows, I think it will happen in September,” SoFi’s Liz Young said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime.” However, she added, “I think in order to do that, something has to get worse than it was on June 16,” when stocks hit bottom, like earnings reviews that come in worse than investors expect.