Market Snapshot: Dow jumps over 500 points as stocks aim for rebound, Nasdaq up 2.8%
U.S. stocks traded higher Wednesday at midday, rebounding after a three-day selloff led by tech shares that drove the Nasdaq Composite into a correction after reaching a record high last week.
What are major benchmarks doing?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
The Nasdaq Composite on Tuesday ended with a loss of 465.44 points, or 4.1%, at 10,847.69 — marking a pullback of just more than 10% from a record close over three trading sessions for its fastest ever fall from a record into correction territory. The Dow fell 632.42 points, or 2.3%, ending at 27,500.89, while the S&P 500 dropped 95.12 points, or 2.8%, to close at 3,331.84.
What’s driving the market?
Market watchers saw little in the way of a clear catalyst for Wednesday’s bounce. The tech-led rout came after a rally that some analysts argued had become euphoric, leaving the market vulnerable to a near-term pullback and more volatile trade.
“Those gains didn’t make a lot of sense,” said Donald Calcagni, chief investment officer with Mercer Advisors, in an interview with MarketWatch. “I think the correction is perhaps the market just coming to its senses a bit. When you have Amazon trading at 120 times earnings and the economy is contracting 32%, that just doesn’t make sense.”
Calcagni has spent the past several months with a healthy respect for the coronavirus. “If there are businesses, communities, states, that say, to hell with it, let’s re-open, I share that emotion, but people are still getting sick,” he pointed out. “And the reality is that’s going to spook consumers. If the consumer is spooked they’re not going to spend. That’s going to weigh on the economy.”
He calls himself “bearish” over the next few months as those economic headwinds continue and the likelihood of a contested U.S. presidential election looms in November.
In a note out Wednesday, Sean Darby, global head of strategies at Jefferies, wrote, “The past week has seen the U.S. IT sector gripped by its own ‘volatility doom loop’ with the correction in tech share prices forcing an unwanted rise in volatility over the broader market.”
“It appears that investor positioning rather than the usual suspects of wider credit spreads, a stronger dollar etc. is to blame,” said Darby, who warned late last month that investors needed to be prepared for the risk of near-term drawdowns.
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On the pandemic treatment front, a trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC AZN,
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In politics, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday proposed a new offshoring penalty that would establish a 28% corporate tax rate, plus a 10% “offshoring penalty surtax” on profits on any production by a U.S. company overseas for sales back to the U.S. The current tax rate on such profits is 30.8%. He also called for a 10% tax credit for companies that make investments that create jobs for American workers, such as by revitalizing existing facilities that have been closed, while also proposing a 21% minimum tax on all foreign earnings.
U.S. employers posted more job openings in July but hired fewer workers than in June, the Labor Department reported, as early-summer optimism about re-opening businesses faded. There were 6.6 million job openings posted, not far off the pre-pandemic average.
Which companies are in focus?
- Shares of Tesla Inc. TSLA,
+5.08%charged 5.4% higher early Wednesday after dropping 21.1% on Tuesday for its largest one-day drop since going public.
- Lululemon Athletica Inc. LULU,
-8.77%shares were down 9.3% after the athletic apparel company late Tuesday reported results that beat Wall Street estimates.
- Slack Technologies Inc. WORK,
-16.01%shares slid more than 15%, despite results late Tuesday that unexpectedly showed the collaboration software company broke even in its latest quarter.
- Shares of Tiffany & Co. TIF,
-8.15%slumped 8% after LVMH Moet Hennessy MC, -0.08%said it wouldn’t be able to complete the previously announced takeover of the U.S. luxury goods retailer “as it stands.” LVMH cited a letter from the French government asking for a delay in light of the threat of tariffs on French products by the U.S., as well as Tiffany’s request to extend the deadline from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31.
- Snowflake Inc.outlined plans to raise up to $ 2.74 billion in its initial public offering, which includes orders from Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.B,
+0.94%BRK.B, +0.94%and Salesforce.com Inc. CRM, +4.01%, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Tuesday.
- Walmart Inc. WMT,
+2.14%shares jumped 2.1% Tuesday after the retailer announced it was testing a drone delivery program.
How are other markets trading?
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y,
The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY,
Gold futures GCZ20,
The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP,
William Watts contributed reporting
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