Stocks - Dow Falls as Dire Economic Data Weigh on Sentiment

Stocks - Dow Falls as Dire Economic Data Weigh on Sentiment  | Apr 30, 2020 18:00

Stocks - Dow Falls as Dire Economic Data Weigh on Sentiment

By Yasin Ebrahim – Wall Street fell on Thursday as investors weighed up earnings from corporates against further data underscoring the Covid-19 hit to the economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.32%, the S&P 500 lost 1.15%, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.60%.

The reopening of the economy has stoked some investor hopes the downturn in the economy may not be as bad as many fear, but the ongoing surge in jobless claims and signs the consumer is trouble has weighed on sentiment.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that initial jobless claims rose by 3.8 million, compared with 4.4 million last week, missing economists' forecasts of 3.5 million.

Consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, fell 7.5% last month, the steepest monthly decline on record.

The grim economic background overshadowed a surge in large-cap tech stocks, led by Facebook, as investors cheered bullish earnings.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) rose nearly 6% after the social media giant reported revenue that topped consensus estimates and said it was seeing signs of stability in ad revenue after a coronavirus-led slowdown in March.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was flat even as the tech giant beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines.  


Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), meanwhile, fell 7% on fears its slowing ad revenue, which fell 27% from March 11 to March 31, is set to continue.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and (NASDAQ:AMZN), both of which report earnings after the bell, were up 0.7% and 1.4% respectively.

Beyond tech, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) gave up some gains to trade 2% higher as the electric automaker's surprise quarterly profit triggered a wave of upgrades from Wall Street firms.

Energy, meanwhile, was among the biggest decliners, shrugging off a jump in oil prices, even as concerns of supply constraints persist.

Oil majors including Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY), BP (NYSE:BP), Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDSa) are reportedly in talks with oil-producing countries to cut production ahead of Friday's deadline for OPEC+ to cut output.

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Dire economic data... either investors are blind and deaf or they are very stupid... i think they are stupid. Were they expecting amazing job figures? What planet do they live on?  ... (Read More)

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