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S&P 500 slips as tech slump offsets jump in banks amid strong earnings

October 13, 2023 2:20 PM

Investing.com – The S&P 500 slipped Friday as weakness in tech offset a surge in Wall Street banks following better-than-expected quarterly results.


The Nasdaq slumped 1.2%. the S&P 500 fell 0.5%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1%, 41 points.


Major Wall Street banks kick off earnings


A trio of major Wall Street banks including JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) and Wells Fargo &Company (NYSE: WFC) rallied after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results.


JPMorgan rose more than 2% after reporting a 35% jump in earnings for third quarter, underpinned by a surge in rates that bolstered its retail banking unit's profits.


Energy stocks hitch ride on surging oil prices as US tightens sanctions against Russia


Energy stocks rose more than 2% following a surge in oil prices after the U.S. imposed sanctions on two tankers carrying Russia oil for breaching the G7’s $60 a barrel Russian oil price cap at a time when geopolitical tensions are rising as Israel prepares for a ground assault in Gaza.


APA Corporation (NASDAQ: APA), Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG) were among the biggest gainers on the day, up more than 3% day.


Dollar General jumps as former CEO takes leadership reigns


Dollar General (NYSE: DG) said it had appointed former Chief Executive Officer Todd Vasos as CEO of the company, sending its shares more than 9% higher.


The move prompted cheers from Wall Street, with some forecasting a step up in the pace of investments needed to help the discount retail chain navigate a tricky consumer spending landscape.


Dollar General stock, which is down 50% year to date, is close to bottoming, Oppenheimer said in note, adding that the appointment “gives us more confidence in the intermediate-term outlook.”


Big tech, chips slip to pressure stocks


Big tech including Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) pressured the broader market, while chip stocks including Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) added to the pressure amid concerns about fresh U.S. restrictions on chip exports to China.


The White House is considering is weighing up additional options to prohibit Chinese companies from accessing artificial intelligence chips, Reuters reported, citing unnamed sources.


Netflix slips on Wall Street downgrade


Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) shares fell more than 2% after Wolfe Research downgraded the company to peerperform from outperform, citing concerns about valuations.


“If future growth falls short, we doubt that NFLX's 50% P/E and 70% EV/EBITDA premium to the S&P would hold up,” Wolfe Research said in note, adding that 2024 average per unit expectations “look full.”


The downgrade comes just a week ahead of Netflix’s third-quarter earnings on Oct 18.


Microsoft closes $69 billion Activision acquisition


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) completed its $69 billion acquisition of video game maker Activision after receiving final approval from the UK Competition and Markets Authority.


The UK antitrust watchdog’s approval comes after Microsoft addressed antitrust concerns by agreeing to sell Activision’s non-European cloud streaming rights to French video game group Ubisoft Entertainment.


The acquisition was completed ahead of Oct. 18 deadline.

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