The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
Dow gets back to positive territory
On Thursday, the Dow got back to positive territory for the year, offsetting losses from yesterday’s rout, led by soaring tech equities because bargain-hunting traders rushed to beaten-up equities on the back of reassuring earnings.
As a matter of fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average leapt by nearly 1.63%. As for the S&P 500, it managed to gain by 1.86%. At the same time, the Nasdaq Composite surged by 2.95%. Firm profits for the Dow as well as Nasdaq saw both indexes dodged correction territory.
Well, the major averages managed to dodge correction territory due to the fact market participants considered the rout from a day earlier to be a buying opportunity.
On Wednesday, Microsoft reported profits after the settlement that handily surpassed analyst expectations on both the top as well as bottom lines, thus sending its equities up by 6%. As for Twitter, it managed to surge over 15% having surpassed consensus profit forecasts.
In addition to this, Tesla demonstrated a striking third-quarter gain, although some on Wall Street tamed upbeat mood, questioning whether it’s as good as it gets for the well-known electric car maker.
Tesla's exposure to China levies on imported components as well as its offering of lower-priced cars would probably have margins compressed in the fourth quarter.
Chip producer Advanced Micro Devices tamed optimism on profits after it guided fourth-quarter gains below consensus forecasts. Its equities headed south by nearly 15%.
Chipmakers generally rallied, with top performers including, Nvidia, Micron Technolgoy and Intel. Besides this, the SPDR S&P Semiconductor headed north by over 2%, compensating some losses from yesterday, when the sector faced its worst dive since November 2018.
By the way, Xilinx, Twitter as well as International Paper turned out to be the S&P 500 top performers for the trading session.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
Will coronavirus continue keeping the markets in fear? What releases should we wait for? Find out in the news!
WTI oil prices jumped up after Donald Trump’s 2 tweets
Today the US nonfarm payroll data will be reported that could cause fluctuations of the market.
WTI was at $20 per barrel just in the beginning of the day. Currently - above 25$.