Apple drops sharply after another downgrade
Major U.S. stock-market benchmarks pulled back on Monday, driven by a second straight session of firm losses in technology shares, but the shift away from tech appears to be feeding recently unloved sectors and smaller cap stocks.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index , which hit an all-time high only to close down 1.8% on Friday, was under pressure, with the index down by 55 points, or 0.9%, to 6,153.
While, at first, losses in broader indexes were largely contained, the slump started spreading. The S&P 500 index declined 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,424, with seven out of the benchmark's 11 sectors trading lower. The technology sector was leading its losses, down 1.3%, while energy shares were up 0.8%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 60 points, or 0.3%, to 21,212, as losses in shares of Apple Inc.(AAPL) and UnitedHealth Group Inc.(UNH) offset gains from shares of General Electric Co. (GE), Chevron Corp.(CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corp.(XOM)
Friday's tech selloff wasn't surprising given how sharply these shares rallied over the past 12 months, said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior market strategist at Voya Financial.
"It could be a little concerning, because just as the tech has been leading the market on the upside, they can lead the market down as well," Cavanaugh said. "However, tech earnings have been particularly strong and given improving fundamentals, any swoon should be a buying opportunity for investors," she added.
While there's a lot of focus on the tech selloff, Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group, sees what's going on in the market as more of a rotation.
"Last week we had a big selloff in tech and a bigger rally in financials and energy," Stone said. "Some of these momentum stocks have given up for now, but everything needs a breather." While tech shares on the S&P 500 are down 2.3% for the month of June so far, financials are up 4.2% over the same period and energy shares are up 2%.
And that rotation isn't just limited to large caps, recently battered small-to-mid caps are starting to get some love, Stone said. While the S&P 500 is up 0.4% for June, the Russell 2000 is up 3.6% and the S&P Small Cap 600 is up 3.8%.
On Friday, the Nasdaq Composite lost 1.8%, with its sharp pullback (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nasdaq-is-threatening-to-log-its-biggest-blown-lead-in-212-months-as-tech-unravels-2017-06-09) coming after big recent gains for heavyweight tech stocks. The selloff (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-tipped-for-more-gains-as-investors-weigh-up-uk-election-results-2017-06-09) also followed a warning from Goldman Sachs analysts that highfliers such as Facebook Inc.(FB), Amazon.com Inc.(AMZN), Apple, Microsoft Corp.(MSFT) and Google parent Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL) (GOOGL) may be overextended (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-sparked-the-nasdaqs-worst-two-session-rout-in-9-months-2017-06-12). Meanwhile, shares of Netflix Inc.(NFLX) slipped into correction territory (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-shares-fall-into-correction-territory-before-bouncing-back-2017-06-12). But not all tech stocks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-surprise-tech-stocks-that-are-bucking-the-selloff-2017-06-12) were getting caught up in the selloff.
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Economic news: May data on the U.S. federal budget is due at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
As the week kicks off, investors are also focused on the Federal Reserve (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/all-eyes-on-tech-sector-ahead-of-expected-fed-interest-rate-hike-2017-06-10), which on Wednesday is widely anticipated to deliver an interest-rate hike.
Individual movers: Shares in Apple slumped 3.3% following a downgrade to neutral from buy by Mizuho Securities analysts (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-downgraded-by-mizuho-the-second-ratings-cut-in-a-week-2017-06-12). Still, Apple shares are up 24% year to date, compared with 8.3% for the S&P 500.
It is the second time in a week that the iPhone maker has been downgraded, with the more bearish view once again stemming from concerns that optimism over the iPhone 8 has been baked into the stock.
On the upside, General Electric Co.'s shares (GE) rose 3.9% following news that CEO Jeff Immelt is retiring (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ges-jeff-immelt-to-step-down-as-ceo-and-chairman-2017-06-12-6914026) after nearly 16 years at the helm of the company and will be replaced by John Flannery, currently president and CEO of GE Healthcare.
Apparel stocks were some of the best performers Monday with shares of Under Armour Inc.(UAA) (UAA) leading the S&P 500 with a 5% gain. Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI) shares rose 3.3%, while shares of Nike Inc.(NKE) advanced 1.2%.
Other markets:European equities (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-pushed-down-by-tech-selloff-british-governments-woes-2017-06-12) pulled back, and Asian markets closed with losses (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asian-markets-slip-as-tech-stock-selloff-spreads-2017-06-11), as the tech selloff spread to exchanges there. Oil futures traded higher, while gold futures and a key dollar index were trading flat, Treasury yields inched higher, with the 10-year yield was down at 2.193%.
--Victor Reklaitis in London contributed to this article.
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June 12, 2017 13:55 ET (17:55 GMT)