April 24, 2024

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 200 points, losing 0.5% near midday Friday amid an earnings sell-off for Nike stock. Tesla stock also fell sharply on the stock market today amid more negative headlines out of China.


Nike (NKE) plunged nearly 8% even after the company reported a 24% increase in adjusted profit and flat revenue at $12.4 billion. But Nike acknowledged its direct-to-consumer strategy shift is facing challenges. Nike also said it’s losing share in the running category. The stock has been on a sharp downtrend since it gapped down on earnings in December.

Tesla (TSLA) rallied off lows but was still down more than 2% in recent action. The electric-vehicle giant reportedly is cutting production at its Shanghai factory due to waning demand.

Lululemon (LULU) plummeted more than 16%. The retailer reported a 20% increase in quarterly profit and a 16% revenue hike to just above $3.2 billion. But the company warned of softening demand in North America. Lululemon stock gapped below its 200-day moving average, a longer-term support level.

Apple (AAPL) reversed higher in the Dow Jones after Thursday’s sell-off in higher volume. Sentiment was negative after the Department of Justice sued Apple, accusing the company of maintaining an iPhone monopoly.

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The Russell 2000 small-cap index lagged, down 0.9% after two days of strong gains. Selling pressure was muted on the Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 after the S&P 500 marked a stalling session Thursday. Stalling is another version of distribution, which is important to monitor during a stock market uptrend. When distribution days start to cluster in the Nasdaq and S&P 500, it can forewarn a looming pullback.

Losers beat winners on the Nasdaq by about 2-to-1. The ratio was nearly 2-to-1 negative on the New York Stock Exchange.

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The 10-year Treasury yield was down 6 basis points to 4.21% after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday flagged three rate cuts before the end of the year, in line with market expectations.

FedEx (FDX) was the top gainer in the S&P 500, up nearly 8%, helped by a strong earnings report and news of a $5 billion share buyback program.

Reddit (RDDT) slumped 10% intraday but recovered for a loss of just 2% after a strong debut Thursday. The stock priced at 34 Wednesday night and closed Thursday at 50.44.

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Inside the MarketSurge Growth 250, Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) outperformed with a gain of nearly 2%. Wedbush raised Alphabet’s price target to 175 from 160 while maintaining an outperform rating.

Bitcoin-related stocks lagged on the stock market today, with bitcoin down 3% to just over $63,700. MicroStrategy (MSTR), which has recently announced some debt offerings to help it buy more bitcoin, pared losses and was down 1.2% in recent action.

At the end of February, MicroStrategy owned about 193,000 bitcoins worth $11 billion.

In the chip space, Arm continues to show strength and support after surging on earnings in February. A pullback and successful test of the 10-week moving average, currently around 113, would put Arm in an alternate buy area. The other scenario is that Arm will form a new base.

Follow Ken Shreve on X @IBD_KShreve for more stock market analysis and insight.


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Source: investors.com

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