Stocks rocked by rate-hike fears

U.S. equity markets were pressured Friday as the Federal Reserve signaled rate hikes could come as early as next year. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35399.84 -55.96 -0.16%
SP500 S&P 500 4528.79 +19.42 +0.43%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 15265.889917 +136.39 +0.90%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 532 points, or 1.57%, declining for a fifth straight day, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite lost 1.31% and 0.92%, respectively. 

The selling came after St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC that a rate hike could come next year – ahead of the Fed’s 2023 target disclosed Wednesday. The yield on the 10-year note slipped below 1.45% and closed at its lowest level since March 2.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TSLA TESLA, INC. 730.91 +18.99 +2.67%
SQ SQUARE, INC. 271.92 +3.91 +1.46%

Growth stocks including Tesla Inc. and Square Inc., which typically benefit from lower interest rates, outperformed. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BAC BANK OF AMERICA CORP. 41.66 -0.83 -1.95%
JPM JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. 160.44 -2.61 -1.60%

At the same time, bank stocks like Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co were weaker as lower interest rates reduce their net interest margins. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
NVDA NVIDIA CORP. 226.88 +0.52 +0.23%
MU MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. 73.16 -0.84 -1.14%
INTC INTEL CORP. 53.95 +0.06 +0.11%

Elsewhere, chipmakers including Nvidia Corp., Micron Technology Inc. and Intel Corp. were mixed after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators proposed a 25% tax credit for investments in semiconductor manufacturing. U.S. chip production has fallen sharply in recent years to 12% of global output, down from 37% in 1990. 

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In deals, container leasing and management company CAI International Inc. has agreed to be taken over by Japan’s Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. for $1.1 billion, or $56 per share. The price represents a 47% premium to where shares closed on Thursday. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
EBAY EBAY, INC. 77.55 +1.14 +1.49%

Online marketplace eBay Inc. and Norway’s Adevinta were granted regulatory approval for the approximately $13 billion deal for the former’s classified ads business. EBay will receive $2.5 billion in cash and 540 million Adevinta shares.  

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
ADBE ADOBE, INC. 665.99 +7.47 +1.13%

In earnings, Adobe Inc. beat on both the top and bottom line as quarterly profit rose 23% year over year. The software maker forecast earnings for the current quarter that were ahead of expectations. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
SWBI SMITH & WESSON BRANDS 24.25 -0.17 -0.70%

Gun-maker Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. reported sales soared 67% from a year ago to a record of almost $323 million. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 60% to 8 cents per share and announced a new $50 million share buyback program. 

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil added 60 cents to $71.64 a barrel. Gold, meanwhile, slid $5.90 to $1,767.90 an ounce. The precious metal plunged $109.50 this week.  


Overseas markets were under pressure. 

Britain’s FTSE 100 paced the decline in Europe, trading down 1.9%, while Germany’s DAX 30 and France’s CAC 40 fell 1.78% and 1.46%, respectively. 

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 lost 0.19% and China’s Shanghai Composite slipped 0.01%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index outperformed, climbing 0.85%. 

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