Is Wall Street focused on Syria ... or Labor Day?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses as he makes a statement at the State Department August 30, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Kerry spoke on the current situation in Syria.

Wall Street recorded its worst month since May 2012 -- and the markets were especially volatile during Secretary of State John Kerry's speech about Syria.

"People like to blame it on Syria -- it's not just Syria," says CNBC's John Carney. "We have a lot of obstacles coming up in the future: Probably the debt ceiling is the big fight coming up."

"The thing that was very interesting that happened today is after Kerry's very belligerent speech, the oil price did not spike up very much after that, and a lot of people think that that's because realistically, Syria directly does not have a big impact on oil prices. It export a lot of oil, it has some oil it produces domestically," Carney adds. "Also, the U.S. is producing a lot more energy domestically so it may not have the same spike effect that we've seen in past Middle East conflicts. We may actually be on secure grounds right now."

"Certainly there are plenty of things to worry about going forward, domestically as well as internationally," says The New York Times' Catherine Rampell.

One concern with international markets is that the Federal Reserve might be looking to ease off quantitative easing.

"Fed policy has helped keep a lot of funding going to these developing nations, to these emerging markets, and there's this threat that there's going to be a lot of money coming out of them going forward, which could hurt their currencies, and has been encouraging them to raise interest rates to have those higher yields to attract foreign funds," says Rampell.

And we've got your long Labor Day weekend #longreads from the Wrappers themselves.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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