US stocks opened lower for trading on Tuesday, dropping after a Monday rebound that brought the strongest day for the market since the UK referendum in late-June.
At 1:21 p.m. ET, the Dow is down 214 points (1.17%), the S&P 500 is down 27 points (1%) and the Nasdaq is down 55 points (1%).
Crude oil prices are sliding after the International Energy Agency cut its demand forecasts in its most recent oil market report.
Oil is also weaker ahead of weekly data on inventories. Last week, the Energy Information Administration reported the largest decline in a decade, although analysts pointed to temporary shipping disruptions related to Hurricane Hermine as the cause.
The energy sector was the weakest on the benchmark S&P 500 in early trading.
Volatility returned to markets on Friday, when the Dow average dropped 390 points and Treasury yields rose to the highest level since late June. Comments from Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren that indicated the need to raise interest rates soon unnerved markets. Before Friday, the S&P 500 had closed up or down by more than 1% for 43 straight trading days.
But on Monday, stocks rebounded after Fed Governor Lael Brainard gave a more dovish speech, saying “today’s new normal” calls for a gradual removal of accommodative policy.
The end of Brainard’s speech in Chicago marked the start of the Fed’s unofficial quiet period ahead of their policy meeting next week.
“Comments from Fed officials in recent days are likely to remain a key driver for trading in today’s session given the lack of economic data or events,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in an early note.
“We’re seeing US futures paring some of yesterday’s gains which came on the back of Brainard’s dovish comments, while Gold has been given a marginal boost.”
West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down 2% to $45.17 per barrel in New York.
The Japanese yen rallied amid the drop in stocks.