Stocks slide from record, S&P still gains 5% for April

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will hold its annual shareholder meeting on Saturday

U.S. equity markets were under pressure Friday as investors dissected record person income data another batch of earnings that included Amazon’s blowout quarter

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34021.45 +433.79 +1.29%
AMZN AMAZON.COM, INC. 3,161.47 +9.53 +0.30%
SP500 S&P 500 4112.5 +49.46 +1.22%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 181 points, or 0.53%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were weaker by 0.72% and 0.85%, respectively. 

Both the S&P and the Nasdaq slid off record highs after data showed personal income soared a record 21.1% month over month in March. Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, rose 4.2%. Both numbers were ahead of estimates. 

Still, for the month of April both gained over 5%, while the Dow rose nearly 3%. 

In stocks, Amazon Inc. reported quarterly sales surged 44% year over year as consumers continued to shop from home amid the pandemic. The company’s second-quarter sales guidance exceeded Wall Street estimates. 

AMAZON SALES TOP $108 BILLION

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMZN AMAZON.COM, INC. 3,161.47 +9.53 +0.30%

Twitter Inc. shares were sharply lower after the social-media company reported daily active user totals that fell short of analysts’ expectations and provided disappointing revenue guidance for the current quarter.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TWTR TWITTER, INC. 50.07 -0.66 -1.30%

Elsewhere in tech, Apple Inc. distorted competition in the music streaming market, the European Union said Friday in a preliminary ruling. The tech giant, which could face a fine of as much as $27 billion, must respond to the EU in writing or at an oral hearing.    

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE, INC. 124.97 +2.20 +1.79%

Meanwhile, Chevron Corp. announced quarterly profit fell 29% versus last year as winter storms resulted in reduced production and lower margins. The company also suffered as asset and tax benefits realized a year ago were no longer applicable. 

Exxon Mobil Corp. also reported, posting a $2.7 billion profit in the quarter, reversing a $610 million loss during the same period a year ago. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CVX CHEVRON CORP. 106.63 -0.75 -0.70%
XOM EXXON MOBIL CORP. 59.32 -0.66 -1.10%

Clorox Co. reported mixed quarterly results and trimmed its fiscal 2021 earnings forecast due to higher manufacturing, commodity and logistics costs. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CLX CLOROX 182.36 +0.59 +0.32%

On Saturday, the Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will hold its annual shareholder meeting with investors on the lookout for the company’s succession plans. 

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In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell $1.43 to $63.58 per barrel and gold ticked down 80 cents to $1,767.30 per ounce. 

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Overseas markets were mostly lower.

In Europe, France’s CAC 40 slid 0.53% and Germany’s DAX 30 lost 0.12% while Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.12%. 

Asian markets finished weaker across the board with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index falling 1.97%, Japan’s Nikkei 225 declining 0.83% and China’s Shanghai Composite sinking 0.81%.