S&P 500, Nasdaq turn lower as Powell talks taper

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S&P 500, Nasdaq turn lower as Powell talks taper

On Friday, a swathe of key indices in the Wall Street but trade-sensitive Dow had taken a tattering header, as major Wall Street benchmarks reversed course after US Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks on tapering of fiscal support for the economy had overwhelmed market participants.

Nevertheless, trade-sensitive Dow Jones Industrial Average seemed to have managed to eke out marginal gains following IHS Markit data that had shown earlier in the day the US business activity rose robustly over first half of October.

However, both trade-sensitive Dow and benchmark S&P 500 had been hovering at record levels before Powell’s remarks, as positive earnings’ report from American Express had led the tally of gains. Nonetheless, the US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was quoted saying earlier in the day that the US Central Bank would soon begin to taper its fiscal support for the economy, however, it would be too early to call in a rate-hike given the extent of low employment growth.

Powell, in tandem, also had forecasted that the latest leg of sky-scrapping inflation, mostly galvanized by a chronic supply constrain, would more likely to calm down earlier in 2021, eventually weighing down both value and growth stocks.

Seven out of eleven S&P 500 sub-indices had winded up the session higher, as communication services sector had tumbled more than 2 per cent with Facebook and Twitter teetering 5.7 per cent and 4.4 per cent respectively.

In factuality, shares’ prices of Snap tottered as much as 25 per cent after breaking off a media topline that Snap and Facebook had been facing off difficulties to target ads on iOS due to a recent privacy change in Apple, raising wide-spread fret ahead of Facebook Inc and Google LLC Q3, 2021 earnings’ report next week while dragging down tech-heavy Nasdaq.

Wall St. falls as mega-cap tech stock tumble

Citing statistics, in the day’s Wall Street wind-down, Dow added 0.21 per cent to 35,677.02 and benchmark S&P 500 shed 0.11 per cent to 4,544.90, while tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.82 per cent to 15,090.20.

On the week, Dow jumped 1.29 per cent and S&P 500 climbed as much as 1.82 per cent, while Nasdaq soared 1.69 per cent. Meanwhile, addressing to a growing market uncertainty following US Fed Chair Powell’s remarks on tapering, inflation and rate hike, a chief equity strategist of the Private Bank at Union Bank, Todd Lowenstein said, “That's going to change things for the whole industry but they're (Big Tech) going to adapt just fine.

Right now investors don't like uncertainty. When you don't have a line of sight on things it causes volatility, and investors to question some of the investment around some of these companies.

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