(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities dropped alongside European stocks as a risk-off mood descended on markets. The dollar jumped and Treasury yields fell.The S&P 500 Index headed to its biggest decline in three weeks, though it trimmed the worst of its losses amid speculation Federal Reserve policy makers will make dovish comments in a press conference this afternoon. Turmoil continued in pockets of the market where retail traders are becoming a dominant force, with shares of Gamestop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. soaring as investment pros questioned whether there’s any rationale behind the moves.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined the most in five weeks as the European Union and AstraZeneca Plc disagreed over vaccine delivery delays. The euro fell after a European Central Bank official said the markets are underestimating the odds of a rate cut. Officials in the U.K. announced new rules to try to curb the spread of Covid-19 and Germany cut its 2021 economic growth forecast to 3% from 4.4%.An extended run higher for stocks has reversed this week as investors look to a spate of earnings releases for clues about the health of the corporate world and global economy. Meanwhile, attention Wednesday will be focused on the Federal Reserve policy meeting and the possibility of guidance about the future of its asset purchase program.The stock selloff is being driven partly by speculation that hedge funds will be forced to reduce their equity holdings as retail investors make a concerted effort to boost shares the professional investors have bet against, according to Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak + Co.“A lot of them are getting burned by their shorts, and I think the market is worried that they’ll have to sell some stocks to meet their margin calls,” he said.Elsewhere, Bitcoin fell to about $30,000 and precious metals slumped. Asian stocks fell for a second day as investors took a breather following the regional benchmark’s ascent to a record high Monday. In the region, benchmarks in India, Vietnam and the Philippines were among the biggest losers.These are some key events coming up in the week ahead:Apple Inc., Tesla Inc., Facebook Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are among companies reporting results.The Federal Open Market Committee monetary policy decision and briefing by Chair Jerome Powell are scheduled for Wednesday.Fourth-quarter GDP, initial jobless claims and new home sales are among U.S. data releases Thursday.U.S. personal income, spending and pending home sales come Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 1.4% as of 12:54 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 1.2%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.6%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index dipped 1%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.5%.The euro fell 0.4% to $1.2116.The British pound weakened 0.2% to $1.3708.The Japanese yen fell 0.4% to 104.08 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell two basis points to 1.01%.Germany’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to -0.55%.Britain’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.27%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.1% to $53.16 per barrel.Gold fell 0.3% to $1,845.43 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.