Stocks curb losses but Nasdaq posts worst week since March
The unemployment rate fell to 8.4% in August
U.S. equity markets clawed back a large portion of their losses but finsihed lower in what was a volatile end to trading ahead of Labor Day weekend.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||32372.64||+135.11||+0.42%|
|HD||THE HOME DEPOT INC.||283.02||-0.89||-0.31%|
|JPM||JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.||124.91||-1.93||-1.52%|
|BAC||BANK OF AMERICA CORP.||28.01||+0.86||+3.15%|
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell over 600 points intraday, lost 159 points, or 0.56%. Investors rotated out of stocks including Home Depot Inc. while buying JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp.
Financials also led the gains in the S&P 500 despite the broader index closing lower by 0.81%.
|XLF||FINANCIAL SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||31.27||+0.28||+0.92%|
The Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile. dropped 1.27%, as both Apple Inc. and Tesla Inc., booked gains.
Tesla shares, which briefly slid into bear-market territory, down at least 20% from their Aug. 31 peak, added 2.78%.
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||11814.146509||-9.81||-0.08%|
Looking at the economy, U.S. nonfarm payrolls added 1.371 million workers in August, pushing the unemployment rate down to 8.4% from 10.2%, according to the Labor Department. Wall Street economists surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting the addition of 1.4 million and an unemployment rate of 9.8%.
In Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc., Amazon Inc. and Microsoft Corp, -- three companies with a market value of greater than $1 trillion -- remained under pressure after Thursday’s bruising selloff.
Elsewhere, Malaysia dropped criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group after the firm last month agreed to a $3.9 billion settlement amid allegations it aided in the theft of billions of dollars from the government’s 1MDB investment fund.
|GS||THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC.||312.57||-2.28||-0.72%|
Looking at earnings, Docusign Inc. reported profit and revenue that exceeded Wall Street estimates and gave full-year guidance that outpaced expectations.
Gunmaker Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. reported revenue in the three months through June surged 125% to a record $277.97 million.
|SWBI||SMITH & WESSON BRANDS||11.32||+0.15||+1.34%|
In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipped $1.60 to $39.77 per barrel, its biggest drop since late June, while gold was little changed at $1,923.90 an ounce.
U.S. Treasurys were lower, pushing the yield on the 10-year note up 9.9 basis points to 0.720%, its biggest one-day yield gain since May.
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In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 1.65%, while France’s CAC and Britain’s FTSE slid 0.89% and 0.88%, respectively.
Asian markets finished lower across the board with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sliding 1.25%, Japan’s Nikkei declining 1.11% and China’s Shanghai Composite dropping 0.88%.