Agence France-PresseJune 19, 2013 17:35
US stocks Wednesday fell sharply after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed expects to taper bond-buying purchases later this year.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 205.50 (1.34 percent) to 15,112.73.
The broad-based S&P 500 fell 22.85 (1.38 percent) to 1,628.85, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 38.98 (1.12 percent) to 3,443.20.
The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it was keeping its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program in place.