Tech sparks sell-off as Apple, Amazon pace drop

Continuing jobless claims fell to 12.628M

U.S. equity markets slid Thursday as tech stocks bore the brunt of the selling a day after the Federal Reserve said its policy would remain loose for the foreseeable future.

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Investors rotated out of momentum players, pushing the Nasdaq down 1.27% as Apple Inc., Amazon Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Tesla Inc., which have steered the market, fell.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX11004.868219-426.48-3.73%
AAPLAPPLE INC.111.20-5.40-4.63%
AMZNAMAZON.COM INC.3,162.78-123.55-3.76%
MSFTMICROSOFT CORP.202.68-10.57-4.96%
TSLATESLA INC.406.02-18.66-4.39%

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were lower by 0.84% and 0.47%, respectively.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
SP500S&P 5003271.03-119.65-3.53%
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES26519.95-943.24-3.43%

Looking at the economy, initial claims fell to 860,000 in the week ended Sept. 12 but were slightly above the 850,000 that analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were anticipating. Continuing claims, meanwhile, dropped to 12.628 million and were below the 13 million that was expected.

Additionally, housing starts, and building permits, both future indicators, unexpectedly declined, signaling a potential slowdown in the red-hot housing market.

Both follow the Federal Reserve's update on Wednesday in which the central bank said it expects rates to remain low through 2023 in an effort to support the U.S. economy while it recovers from its COVID-19-induced slowdown, the sharpest of the post-World War II era. The Fed did however upgrade its outlook to reflect a faster bounce back in gross domestic product and a lower unemployment rate.

In other stock news, Snowflake Inc. was under pressure a day after more than doubling in its stock market debut. Wednesday’s initial public offering was the largest for a software company.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
SNOWSNOWFLAKE INC.272.44+5.67+2.13%

Elsewhere, Moderna Inc. CEO Stephane Bancel told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the while the company could know the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in October, it’s more likely to be known in November.

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Carnival Corp.’s U.K.-based P&O Cruises canceled voyages to the Caribbean through early 2021. The cruise operator also reached a deal to sell two of its ships that were launched in the mid-1990s.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
CCLCARNIVAL CORP.12.30-1.46-10.61%
LUVSOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.38.14-1.79-4.48%

Southwest Airlines Co. temporarily grounded 130 Boeing 737-800 aircraft after finding a discrepancy in weight data. The airline expects the groundings to have a “minimal” impact on operations.

Meanwhile, online pet food supplier Chewy Inc. announced a $275 million common stock offering. The company plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including growth initiatives.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
CHWYCHEWY INC.72.01+4.29+6.33%

Looking at commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil ticked up 81 cents to $40.97 per barrel and gold fell $20.20 to $1,940 an ounce.

U.S. Treasurys ticked higher, pushing the yield on the 10-year note lower by 2.1 basis points to 0.682%.

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European markets were lower across the board with France’s CAC down 0.69%, Germany’s DAX off 0.36% and Britain’s FTSE weaker by 0.47% after the Bank of England held rates.

In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.56% and China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.41% while Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.67% after the Bank of Japan kept policy on hold.