MARKET SNAPSHOT: Nasdaq Sinks 1% As Apple Leads Abrupt Tech Selloff
Gains in energy, financials limit the broader market's decline
The Nasdaq fell more than 1% on Friday, retreating from an early record and turning sharply lower for the week as the technology sector abruptly fell in afternoon trading, something analysts credited to profit-taking after recent strength.
The Dow remained in positive territory for the day while the S&P 500 turned slightly lower as gains in both financial and energy shares offset the carnage in tech names. All three were off their highs of the session, however, highs that represented intraday records for the trio.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 68 points, or 0.3%, to 21,249. The S&P 500 slid half a point to 2,433. The Nasdaq Composite Index sank 81 points to 6,240, a decline of 1.3%.
The Nasdaq had moved higher in morning trading, at one point trading as high as 6,341.7, meaning an intraday swing of more than 100 points. Friday marked the biggest one-day decline for the Nasdaq since May 17, when it tumbled more than 2.5%.
The sudden tech retreat pushed the Nasdaq into negative territory for the week. It had previously looked to close with a gain of 0.5% for the week; currently, it is looking at a decline of 1%. The S&P 500 is on track for a weekly decline of 0.3%.
The Dow remains positive for the week, up 0.2%, in what would be its third straight weekly advance.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) tumbled 3.5% in its biggest one-day drop since April 2016. The overall technology sector (XLK) fell 2.1%. Other major tech stocks were also sharply lower. Facebook Inc.(FB) fell 2.5% while Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), the parent of Google, was down 2.5%.
All three stocks have been among the biggest boosts to the market in 2017, gaining more than 25%.
"All these stocks have hit new highs recently, so now people are taking a pause and we're seeing the money flow out," said Doug DePietro, managing director for trading at Evercore ISI. "There's nothing in the news that's saying, 'sell the big tech stocks'; this is just simple profit-taking, a rotation to other names."
The Russell 2000 index of small-cap shares rose 1% on Friday, bringing its week-to-date gain to 1.7%.
Deeper losses were limited by the energy and financial industries, both of which advanced on the day. Energy shares gained 2% while financials (XLF) were up 1.7%. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.(GS), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America Corp.(BAC) all climbed more than 2%.
Exxon Mobil added 1.2% while Chevron Corp.(CVX) was up 2%.
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Next up, Fed meeting: Traders see a 95.8% probability of a U.S. interest rate increase at the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting next week on June 14, CME Group's FedWatch showed (http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/interest-rates/countdown-to-fomc.html/).
The only top-tier economic data scheduled for release Friday is an update on wholesale inventories for April, due at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.
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DuPont Fabros Technology Inc.(DFT) soared 9.7% after the developer and operator of multi-tenant data centers announced a deal to be purchased by (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dupont-fabross-stock-soars-toward-record-after-digital-realty-buyout-deal-2017-06-09)Digital Realty Trust Inc (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dupont-fabross-stock-soars-toward-record-after-digital-realty-buyout-deal-2017-06-09).(DLR) Digital Realty was down 3.4%.
Shares of Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) sank 6.3%.
Other markets: The British pound sank to a seven-week low against the dollar, dropping to $1.2765 from $1.2957 in late trading on Thursday. The dollar was firmer across the board (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dollar-rises-pound-hits-7-week-low-as-uk-heads-for-hung-parliament-2017-06-09), with the U.S. dollar index , which compares the dollar to a half-dozen major rivals, up 0.5%.
Crude oil prices (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-pinned-down-by-strong-dollar-supply-worries-2017-06-09) traded higher, while gold edged lower.
In Asia (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nikkei-returns-to-20000-as-asian-markets-warily-eye-uk-election-2017-06-08), the Nikkei 225 index gained on yen weakness, returning to the 20,000 level, with other markets mixed.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
June 09, 2017 13:55 ET (17:55 GMT)