Nasdaq, S&P bounce back, Dow drifts on AmEx weakness

NY State ordered to close by 10 pm ET in coronavirus battle

Stocks wrapped a choppy session as investors reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's new COVID-19 restrictions, impacting restaurants, bars and gyms. Still, the broader markets held up despite the developments.

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The Nasdaq Composite rose 2% as investors scooped up big tech names that had taken a beating in recent days. The S&P 500 also gained 0.7% led by tech and consumer discretionary names.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX13545.405975+14.49+0.11%
SP500S&P 5003847.06-6.01-0.16%
VGTVANGUARD WORLD FDS VANGUARD INFO TECH ETF364.30-0.26-0.07%
XLYCONSUMER DISCRETIONARY SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF170.13-0.54-0.31%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed as American Express fell sharply. Visa and Mastercard also declined.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES31052.18-123.83-0.40%
AXPAMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY126.06-1.36-1.07%
VVISA INC.202.63-2.57-1.25%
MAMASTERCARD INCORPORATED330.36-4.11-1.23%

OIL MARCHES UPWARD 

Oil hovered around the $41-per-barrel level after the EIA's weekly oil data. Dow component Chevron also dipped.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
CVXCHEVRON CORP.91.73-0.25-0.27%
USOUNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P.35.20-0.57-1.59%

AIRLINES IN FOCUS

Major airlines continue to see trading action as investors weigh higher crude prices against a recovery in travel.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
AALAMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.15.70-0.14-0.85%
DALDELTA AIR LINES INC.39.95-0.72-1.78%
JBLUJETBLUE AIRWAYS15.13-0.14-0.88%
LUVSOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.47.26-0.53-1.10%
UALUNITED AIRLINES HLDG.42.02-0.57-1.34%

DOW JUMPS 263 POINTS LED BY BOEING, CHEVRON AS OIL HITS $41 LEVEL

CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON TECH

Chinese technology names fell sharply after the Chinese government issued new regulations designed to curb their influence.

ALIBABA IN FOCUS AFTER CHINESE REGULATORS EYE MOVE

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
BABAALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD258.85-1.00-0.38%
BIDUBAIDU INC.252.68+0.77+0.31%
JDJD.COM INC95.00-0.10-0.10%

E-commerce giant Alibaba fell 9% on Tuesday despite the start of its annual shopping holiday known as Singles Day. Shares were down another 2% on Wednesday with similar declines for Baidu and JD.com.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Governor Cuomo ordered restaurants, bars and gyms to close at 10 PM ET starting Friday while also imposing new restrictions on gatherings in an effort to slow the pandemic's spread.

Vaccine makers remain in focus after Pfizer announced that its vaccine proved to be 90% effective in late-stage clinical data.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
PFEPFIZER INC.36.72+0.23+0.62%
BNTXBIONTECH SE107.13+1.70+1.61%

Nonetheless, coronavirus cases are still rising across the country and the globe, with the U.S. topping 130,000 cases on Tuesday. More than 10.2 million Americans have been infected by the virus and more than 239,000 have died from it, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
MRNAMODERNA INC.130.38-2.60-1.96%
REGNREGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.542.11+6.63+1.24%

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is being scrutinized after the pharmaceutical executive sold over 130,000 shares of stock on Nov. 9, the same day the company announced positive results about its COVID-19 vaccine.

Separately, Moderna's CEO, Stéphane Bancel, told Reuters the first interim analysis of their coronavirus vaccine is expected later this month. Regeneron also rose.

10-YEAR TREASURY YIELD 0.97%

U.S. bond markets were closed for Veterans Day. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield sits at 0.97%, its highest level since March.

WEEKLY LOOK AT HOUSING 

Mortgages fell 0.5% for the week ending Nov. 7, according to the weekly MBA mortgage application index report. The prior week showed a rise of 3.8%.

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GOLD SHINES 

In other commodities, gold fell slightly to $1,860.70 an ounce.

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