Why has the stock market dropped?
The major U.S. stock indexes fell Thursday on concerns about the global economic comeback from Covid-19. The losses came as Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics and as countries deal with a rebound in cases due to Covid variants. CNBCDow drops more than 250 points amid global economic recovery concerns, S&P 500 slides
Stock futures were mostly higher in early morning trading Friday a day after the major indexes fell amid concerns of a slowdown in global economic growth.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 200 points, or 0.6%. S&P 500 futures bounced by 0.3%. Nasdaq-100 futures were slightly lower.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury rebounded 5 basis points to 1.34%, easing concerns about an economic slowdown (1 basis point is 0.01%). Falling yields have mystified investors lately, with the 10-year yield falling to 1.25% at its low on Thursday.
The stocks that led the losses on Thursday led the gains in premarket trading Friday. Bank of America jumped nearly 2% in early trading, leading a bounce in financial shares. Royal Caribbean and Carnival each popped more than 2%. American Airlines and United Airlines gained more than 1%.
Shares of GM gained 2% after Wedbush said the stock is a buy and could jump more than 50% as investors realize the extent of its tech and electric vehicle evolution.
Thursday's losses came as the proliferation of the highly infectious delta Covid variant also fueled worries about the global economic comeback. The Olympics announced a ban of spectators at Tokyo's summer games as Japan declared a state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus.
"Our central case has been for a choppy July" with the S&P 500 falling as low as 4,100, wrote Tom Lee, Fundstrat's head of research, in a note to clients Thursday night. "While this is a possibility, we think there is a chance [Thursday] marked the peak of [the] 'growth scare' and if this is correct, equities might be shifting towards a broader risk on."
The Dow closed Thursday's regular session lower by 259.86 points, or 0.75%, to 34,421.93. The S&P 500 dipped 0.86% to 4,320.82, while the Nasdaq broke a four-day win streak by falling 0.72% to 14,559.79.
For the week, the Dow is down 1.1%, the S&P 500 is off by 0.7% and the Nasdaq Composite has shed 0.5%.
Shares of companies tied to the economic comeback weighed on the market Thursday. Major cruise line, airline and home improvement stocks slumped. Chip stocks also dropped and Big Tech names retreated after gaining in previous sessions.
"[T]he market continues to contemplate what to do after growth peaks and the Fed turns off the spigot (neither of which have necessarily happened yet) and ahead of a 2Q21 earnings season that starts next Tuesday," Goldman Sachs' Chris Hussey said in a note Thursday.
The latest jobless claims report released Thursday also indicated a potential slowdown in the labor sector as first-time applicants for unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped to 373,000 in the week ending July 3. Economists were looking to see 350,000 initial claims, according to Dow Jones.
Big Tech stocks were a bit weak in premarket trading as President Biden was set to announce a new executive order aimed at the competitive practices by the sector's giants. Amazon was down about 0.3% after hitting a new all-time high on Thursday.
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Investors are bracing for a rocky session Thursday with U.S. stock futures down more than 1% as concerns mount over mixed economic data and an uptick of COVID-19 variants in Europe and Asia, and ahead of weekly jobless claims.
Equities are falling in tandem with the 10-year Treasury yield, which traded as low as 1.258%, the lowest since Feb. 18.
At 8:30 am ET, weekly jobless claims data will be released. The number of people filing for first-time jobless benefits is expected to fall to 350,000, from last week’s pandemic low of 364,000. Continuing claims, which track the total number of unemployed workers collecting benefits, are anticipated to drop to 3.335 million, which would mark a new pandemic low.
On Wednesday, the minutes from the Federal Reserve's June meeting showed the central bank has been caught off guard by the recent rise in inflation. However, while members expect inflation to climb above 2% in the near term, they still believe the gains are temporary.
This boosted stocks as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 104 points, or 0.3%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.34% and 0.01%, respectively. Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished in record territory.
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The relationship between high-flying technology stocks and Treasury yields has broken down, echoing ‘the extreme anomalies of the dot-com boom when tech valuations became unmoored,’ according to Morgan Stanley.
US Stock Futures Ease Lower as Investors Digest Dovish Fed Minutes Ahead of Thursday’s Initial Claims Report
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Looking ahead to Thursday’s session, investors will pore over the Labor Department’s latest jobless claims figures. The weekly update offers Wall Street regular insight into the pace of layoffs in the U.S. economy, which has been declining amid the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Economists expect to see 350,000 first-time applicants for unemployment benefits for the week ended July 3, according to Dow Jones.
At 04:11 GMT, September E-mini S&P 500 Index futures are trading 4341.00, down 8.75 or -0.20%. September E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are at 34483, down 85 or -0.25% and September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are at 14784.25, down 18.00 or -0.12%.
U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday and the S&P 500 and NASDAQ notched record closing highs after minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting indicated officials may not be ready yet to move on tightening policy.
According to the minutes of the U.S. central bank’s June policy meeting, Fed officials felt substantial further progress on the economic recovery “was generally seen as not having yet been met,” but agreed they should be poised to act if inflation or other risks materialized.
Treasury yields edged lower following the Fed minutes, while stocks mostly edged higher. The minutes reflected a divided Fed wrestling with new inflation risks but still relatively high unemployment.
After its meeting and statement on June 16, investors began to anticipate the Fed would move more quickly to tighten than previously expected.
Wall Street has been concerned about inflation, with investors moving between economy-linked value stocks and growth names in the past few sessions, Reuters said.
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The regulator fined the companies 500,000 Yuan each case, for not seeking approval in 22 deals, citing the country’s anti-monopoly laws.
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Investing.com – The S&P 500 closed lower Thursday, as concerns grew about the global recovery at a time when the delta variant has caused a spike in infections, triggering a jolt of volatility that rattled investor sentiment.
The S&P 500 fell 0.8% to 4,321.81, but had been as low as 4,289.17. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.8%, or 259 points, and the Nasdaq was down 0.7%. The S&P 500 VIX Futures - or so-called fear index - jumped 17% to 19.00.
Fears over slowing growth were captured in the bond market, with the 10-year U.S. bond yield plunged to its lowest level since February.
But some on Wall Street are not buying the "peak growth" jitters and argue that there is runway for the recovery, paving the way for more gains in stocks.
"We do not think the markets are worried about economic and earnings growth slowing from these robust levels, at least at this point," Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). "We favor economically sensitive sectors like energy, industrials, materials and financials."
Beyond the boost from fears over slowing growth, a decline in the supply of bonds issued by the Treasury is also playing a role in boosting bond prices, sending yields lower.
The Treasury holds $733 billion in cash as of July 6, and is "way behind in making progress toward bringing their cash balances down to the $450 billion target for July 31 prescribed by the debt ceiling legislation," Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) said. "These paydowns will help the process along, but we still expect further cuts."
The spike in Covid-19 cases as the delta variant continues to spread has also put a damper on global growth and threatens the summer of travel, particularly in Europe,
The labor market, meanwhile, continues to suggest a longer road to recovery as initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose by 2,000 to 371,000 last week.
As the enhanced unemployment benefits come to end, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is backing a wave of supply to the hit the labor market that will help plug the current gap.
"We continue to expect a bump in labor supply late summer as the remainder of the federal supplementary benefit programs are approaching expiration," Morgan Stanley said in a note.
The sea of red for rates usually translates into gains for tech, but growth sectors of the market also succumbed to selling pressure.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) were below the flatline. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), however, bucked the trend to trade higher.
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