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12:15 pm: Dow bouncing midday
The Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to bounce back as the trading day progressed. The 30-stock benchmark fell more than 300 points, after being down more than 900 points earlier in the session. — Fitzgerald
12:00 pm: Markets at midday: Stocks enter correction territory, Dow slides more than 500 points
Around midday, the major U.S. stock averages were trading sharply lower as concerns about the coronavirus spreading quickly in the U.S. pressured equity prices. The Dow was down more than 500 points. Those losses put the 30-stock average in correction territory, or more than 10% below its record high. —Imbert
11:33 am: ECB president Lagarde says coronavirus threat doesn’t warrant rate cuts yet
European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde told the Financial Times that the coronavirus hasn’t reached the point where monetary policymakers need to step in. The spreading virus has not yet caused a “long-lasting shock,” she added. Largarde said the central bank is monitoring the epidemic “very carefully.” – Fitzgerald
11:13 am: Southwest’s reversal
Airline stock Southwest Airlines has experienced a stunning reversal in just two weeks. On Feb. 14 the stock hit a 52-week high of $58.83 per share, but since has tumbled nearly 20%, landing at a 52-week low of $45.94 per share on Thursday. Airline stocks have been hit especially hard from the coronavirus. Shares of Southwest are down 2.9% on Thursday. – Fitzgerald
11:10 am: Worst week since Oct. 2008
- S&P is down -9.33% this week, on pace for its worst week since Oct 10, 2008 when the S&P lost -18.2%
- S&P is down -6.6% this month, on pace for its worst month since Dec 2018 when the S&P lost -9.16%
- Dow is down -9.79% this week, on pace for its worst week since Oct 10, 2008 when the Dow lost -18.15%
- Dow is down -7.9% this month, on pace for its worst month since Dec 2018 when the Dow lost -8.66%
- Nasdaq is down -9.44% this week, on pace for its worst week since Oct 10, 2008 when the NAS lost -15.30%
- Nasdaq is down -5.3% this month, on pace for its worst month since May when the NAS lost -7.93%
- Russell 2000 is down -10.5% this week, on pace for its worst seek since Nov 21, 2008 when the Russell 2000 lost -10.95%
- Small caps are down -7.1% this month, still on pace for worst month since May 2019 when small caps lost -7.9% —Francolla
11:02 am: Stocks bouncing a bit
Stocks are bouncing off their worst levels of the day. The Dow is off by 530 points after being down as much as 960 points at the low. The Dow is still in correction territory, but the S&P 500 isn’t any longer. -Melloy
10:50 am: FAANG stocks suffer
Shares of the so-call FAANG stocks plunged amid the broader market sell-off on Thursday. Shares of Apple tanked 4.5%, down about 14% since its most recent 52-week high. Facebook shares fell 2.4%, down 14% since its most recent high. Amazon fell more than 3% and Google parent Alphabet tumbled 3.2%. Netflix shares bucked the broader market’s trend, gaining 2.3%. – Fitzgerald
10:36 am: Worst week for stocks since the financial crisis
U.S. stocks are on pace for their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 900 points. —Fitzgerald
10:32 am: Dollar falling as coronavirus spreads to U.S.
The U.S. Dollar Index is down 0.58% to 98.42 after rising slightly on Wednesday. The index is still positive for the month, but is down about 1.5% from its close of 99.87 last Thursday. The Euro is up 1.08% against the dollar today. — Pound
10:28 am: Stocks accelerate losses, Dow down 800
The Dow continued its downward rout, dropping more than 800 points in mid-morning trading. The S&P 500 fell 2.9% and the Nasdaq dropped 3.3%. —Fitzgerald
10:09 am: 10 NYSE stocks falling for every advancer
About 10 stocks listed at the New York Stock Exchange are lower in early trading for every advancer. This comes as the Dow and S&P 500 entered correction territory, down more than 10% from their record highs set earlier this month. —Imbert
9:58 am: 75% of the S&P is in correction, 34% in bear market territory
As the S&P 500 slid into correction territory on Thursday, three quarters of components in the index are now trading at correction levels, or 10% below recent highs. Further, 34% of the index is in bear market territory, meaning a more than 20% drop from the 52-week high level. – Francolla, Stevens
9:54 am: 10-year Treasury yield hits new record low below 1.25%
Bond yields collapsed alongside the market sell-off on the Thursday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note skidded to a new low Thursday as concerns over the impact of the coronavirus. The 10-year Treasury yield dropped 5 basis points to below 1.25% for the first time ever while the 30-year yield slipped a similar amount to 1.747%. The 10-year rate has fallen 20 basis points since Monday in a reflection of global demand for the relative safety. —Fitzgerald
9:39 am: S&P 500 on track for quickest correction ever, according to Bespoke
If the S&P 500 closes below 3,047.53 Thursday, Friday, or Monday, it will be the fastest 10% decline from an all-time high in the S&P 500’s history, according to Bespoke Investment Group. As of this post, both the Dow and the S&P 500 were on track to close in correction territory. — Franck
9:37 am: Here are Thursday’s analyst calls of the day: Virgin Galactic, Biogen, Square, Southwest & more
- Morgan Stanley downgraded Virgin Galactic to equal weight from overweight
- Canaccord upgraded Square to buy from hold.
- Morgan Stanley downgraded Revolve Group to equal weight from overweight.
- Barclays initiated Biogen, Merck, & Eli Lilly as overweight.
- Credit Suisse downgraded Virgin Galactic to neutral from outperform.
- Oppenheimer upgraded Etsy to outperform from perform.
- Buckingham downgraded United Airlines, American Airlines, Spirit, Southwest, & JetBlue to neutral from buy. —Bloom
9:35 Nasdaq joins broader market in correction territory
Shortly after the opening bell the Nasdaq Composite fell into correction territory. The index was last down 2.7%, about 250 points. —Fitzgerald
9:31 am: Dow and S&P 500 tumble into correction territory at the open
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 500 points after the opening bell on Thursday. This fall brought the 30-stock benchmark along with the S&P 500 into correction territory, down 10% from its most recent high. The S&P 500 fell 1.3% and the Nasdaq was down 2.3% at the open. —Fitzgerald
9 am: Energy dividends attractive, but be careful
Energy dividends are very attractive, but the old buyer-beware is still very alive. With the energy sector at a 10-year low, dividends on many energy stocks are well outpacing boring old utilities:
But many companies may again have trouble paying those dividends out from cash flow and may have to borrow to keep shareholders happy. Barron’s notes that Chevron needs a Brent price of $57 a barrel and ConocoPhillips, $55 a barrel. Exxon Mobil needs a much higher oil price of $87 a barrel to cover its 2020 dividend from earnings, Barron’s says, citing a JPMorgan report. —Pisani
8:42 am: Next two trading days will be ‘gifts’ for long-term investors, Kilburg says
The “next two trading days are gifts,” wrote Jeff Kilburg, CEO of KKM Financial, to clients Thursday morning. There will be “significant opportunities to rebalance & reposition and flat out buy names you have been holding off on. Most investors shy away.” Kilburg, who says a ‘VIX’ above 30 isn’t sustainable, added he is buying American Airlines, Exxon and Microsoft on the dip. —Melloy
8:41 am: Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 219,000 last week. That’s above a Reuters estimate of 212,000 and above the previous week’s print of 210,000. Thursday’s data is the latest piece of bad news for the market as investors deal with the recent coronavirus outbreak. —Imbert
8:35 am: ‘Fear gauge’ breaks the 31 level
The Cboe Volatility Index, a commonly used measure of fear of Wall Street, spiked above the 31 level on Thursday morning, as stock futures indicated another dismal drop at the open. The VIX, a measure of the 30-day implied volatility of U.S. stocks, last broke the 30 threshold on Tuesday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced a 1,000 point decline in a single session. Investors were spooked after the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin in Northern California. —Fitzgerald
8:26 am: Airline stocks slide
Shares of airline stocks slid in Thursday’s premarket trading as coronavirus fears continued to hit the sector, and as Buckingham Research downgraded seven airline stocks to neutral. American Airlines and United Airlines were among the names downgraded, and were down 6.3% and 4.4%, respectively, in early trading. So far this week American Airlines has lost 19.8%, while United Airlines has shed 14.7%. – Stevens
8:24 am: Goldman says 0% earnings growth in 2020 for US companies
Goldman Sachs downgraded its earnings growth forecast for the year to $165 per share, representing 0% growth in 2020 for U.S. companies. This is a dramatic departure from consensus estimates, which still forecast earnings to climb 7% this year. “US companies will generate no earnings growth in 2020,” Goldman Sachs chief U.S. equity strategist David Kostin said in a note to clients on Thursday. “We have updated our earnings model to incorporate the likelihood that the virus becomes widespread.” The firm said the new expectation reflects the severe decline in Chinese economic activity this quarter, low demand for US exporters and disruption to the supply chain, among other weak signposts. – Fitzgerald
7:45 am: Dow and S&P 500 on the cusp of entering correction territory
The Dow and S&P 500 were set to open in correction territory — down at least 10% from their 52-week highs — as coronavirus fears rattle market sentiment. Dow futures implied a decline of about 400 points, which would put the 30-stock average below 26,596.28. S&P 500 futures pointed to a loss of about 1.5%. A loss of that magnitude would put the broad index below 3,047.53. —Imbert, Schacknow
7:25 am: 10-year Treasury yield hits fresh record low
The 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield broke below 1.3% for the first time ever as concerns over the coronavirus spreading in the U.S. led investors to dump equities in favor of traditionally safer assets. In early morning trading, the 10-year rate hovered around 1.285%. Investors have been loading up on Treasurys at a face pace this week. The 10-year yield started this week trading above 1.4%. —Imbert
7:13 am: Virgin Galactic shares dive on two downgrades
One-time market darling Virgin Galactic is falling in premarket trading after two major Wall Street backers threw in the towel, citing valuation. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse both removed their buy ratings on the stock. Shares are down 9%, adding to their already bad week. The stock was off 23% for the week already through Wednesday’s close. CNBC PRO subscribers can read more here. – Melloy
7:09 am: Etsy surges on earnings beat
Shares of Etsy soared more than 10% in extended trading following its strong fourth quarter earnings. The e-commerce website reported earnings per share of 25 cents on revenue of $270 million. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of 16 cents on revenue of $265 million, according to Refinitiv. Etsy also issued full year revenue guidance above Wall Street’s estimates. Shares of Etsy have gained nearly 15% this year. – Fitzgerald
7:07 am: Taking stock of the sell-off
It’s been a rough week for stocks, and futures suggest there may not be a reprieve just yet. Here’s where things stand. – Stevens
- Dow: dropped 2,031 points in the last 3 sessions, down 7.02% this week putting it on track for its worst weekly performance since Oct. 2008.
- S&P 500: coming off 5 straight negative sessions, down 6.63% for the week and on track for its worst week since Dec. 2018.
- Nasdaq: posted a slight gain on Wednesday, but not enough to erase the losses from earlier in the week. Currently down 6.22% on the week, for its worst weekly performance since Dec. 2018.
6:56 am: CDC confirms first possible ‘community spread’ coronavirus case in U.S.
On Wednesday U.S. officials confirmed the first possible community transmission of the coronavirus on U.S. soil. The CDC said it did not know how the patient, a resident of Solano County in California, contracted the disease. Stock futures fell when the news was confirmed Wednesday night.
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.”
This case brings the total number of cases in the U.S. to 60, the majority of which were from people evacuated from Wuhan, China and the Diamond Princess cruise ship. – Stevens
6:36 am: U.S. stock futures point to losses at the open, Dow set for more than 200-point drop
U.S. stock futures are pointing to losses across the board at the open after the CDC confirmed the first U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin in Northern California, indicating possible “community spread” of the disease. The Dow Jones Industrial Average looked set to open nearly 300 points lower, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also pointing to losses.
On Wednesday the Dow gave back a 461 point gain in early trading, ultimately closing down 122 points, bringing its week-to-date fall to 2,031 points. The S&P 500 fell another 0.3%, after suffering its first back-to-back 3% losses since 2015. The Nasdaq eked out a 0.3% gain.
On Wednesday President Trump said in a news conference the risk of coronavirus to people in the U.S. is still “very low.” He added the U.S. is going to “spend whatever’s appropriate” to deal with the virus. Trump also put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. response to the coronavirus. – Stevens
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