U.S. stocks ended the week with declines across various sectors, except for the energy sector. This negative performance is set to conclude the month of September as the worst-performing month for the broader market since December 2022. The Federal Reserve’s inflation measure for August yielded subdued results but failed to maintain a positive market sentiment. Concerns about a government shutdown continue to weigh on risky assets. New York Federal Reserve Chair Williams expects a moderation in GDP next year, a decrease in inflation this year, and the Federal Reserve nearing its peak for the federal funds rate. On Friday, the S&P 500 and Dow both experienced losses, while tech stocks relatively outperformed. Small-cap stocks in the Russell 2000 also declined. Analysts believe the current weakness in the market is normal and necessary for a new surge higher. Nike’s stock climbed after beating earnings estimates, and Blue Apron announced a deal to acquire Wonder. Crude oil and treasury yields were flat, while the dollar slightly rose. European equity indices had a mixed session, and gold and silver prices fell.