U.S. stocks fell sharply Tuesday, failing to build on the previous session’s intraday bounce, as investors sifted through a raft of corporate results and awaited earnings due after the bell from megacap tech giants, including Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.51% was down 414 points, or 1.2%, at 33,636.
- The S&P 500 SPX, -1.85% was down 69 points, or 1.6%, at 4,227.
- The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -2.95% lost 362 points, or 2.8%, to trade at 12,643.
Monday saw the biggest intraday reversal since February for the Dow, which rose 238 points, or 0.7%, erasing a loss of nearly 500 points. The S&P 500 rose 0.6%, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.3%.
What’s driving markets
Investors were wading into the busiest week of the U.S. corporate earnings reporting season, digesting results from a number of corporate heavyweights released ahead of the opening bell, while looking ahead to results from megacap tech players Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -2.89% and google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOG, -3.00%.
“This week a lot of attention will be on the megacap earnings announcements. Netflix’s announcement proved to be a big speed bump that the market is still trying to get over and hopefully there will be some horsepower to help us over, created by announcements and forecasts of the remaining FAANG stocks this week,” said Brian Overby, senior options analyst at Ally Bank, in emailed comments.
While close to 80% of firms that have so far reported for the quarter have beaten profit expectations including GE, United Parcel Service Inc. and Pepsico Inc, disappointing earnings forecasts, including those from JetBlue Airways Corp., are weighing on shares.
In U.S. economic data, orders at U.S. factories for durable goods rose 0.8% in March and business investment rebounded after the first decline in a year, signaling the economy is still growing at a steady pace. The rise durable-goods orders matched the consensus expectation produced by a survey of economists by The Wall Street Journal.
A survey of consumer confidence dipped in April to 107.3 from 107.6, but Americans signaled they are optimistic enough about the economy to keep buying big-ticket items such as news cars and appliances.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city house price index posted a 20.2% year-over-year gain in February, up markedly from 18.9% the previous month, but U.S. new-home sales decreased 8.6% to an annual rate of 763,000 in March, the government said Tuesday.
Companies in focus
- Twitter Inc. TWTR, -3.04% shares were down 3.1% near $50.11 after its board agreed Monday to accept Tesla chief Elon Musk’s $54.20 a share bid for the social-media platform.
- 3M Co. MMM, -3.39% shares fell 2.1% after the maker of post-it notes and industrial equipment posted better-than-expected first-quarter earnings.
- Shares of PepsiCo Inc. PEP, +0.25% rose 0.4% after delivering earnings and revenue that exceeded Wall Street forecasts.
- United Parcel Service Inc. UPS, -4.56% shares fell 3.6% after the package delivery giant reported first-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations.
- General Electric Co. GE, -11.85% shares declined 10.2% after the industrial conglomerate reported first-quarter adjusted profit and revenue that beat expectations, but missed on free cash flow and provided a somewhat downbeat outlook.
- Shares of JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU, -9.23% fell 8% after the air carrier reported a narrower-than-expected loss and revenue that more than doubled to match forecasts, but said it planned to reduce capacity growth further to help restore operational reliability. United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL, -4.23% said Tuesday it is launching the biggest transatlantic expansion in its history with 30 new or resumed flights coming from mid-April through early June. Shares fell 2.1%.
What other assets are doing
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 2.736% fell 9.7 basis points to 2.732%. Yields and debt prices move opposite each other.
- The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.38%, a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%.
- Bitcoin BTCUSD, -2.34% fell 2.5% to trade below $39,500.
- Oil futures rose, with the U.S. benchmark CL.1, +2.42% up 1.8% to trade back above the $100-a-barrel threshold. Gold futures GC00, +0.54% rose 0.6% to trade near $1,908 an ounce.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.82% fell 0.4%, while London’s FTSE 100 UKX, +0.11% gained 0.2%.
- The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -1.44% tumbled 1.4%, while the Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.33% rose 0.3% in Hong Kong and Japan’s Nikkei 225 NIK, +0.41% gained 0.4%.