Nasdaq Leads Stocks Lower, Pfizer, BioNTech Top S&P 500; Affirm Holdings Rebounds In After-hours Trade – Investor's Business Daily

This post was originally published on this site

Stocks closed sharply lower on the heels of a turbulent session Wednesday, as earnings news, inflation data and a sharp drop in oil prices combined to send tech stocks, growth stocks and small caps to one of their worst performances of the year. There were winners, with Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) advancing on vaccine news.


DoorDash (DASH) soared on earnings. New issue Rivian Automotive (RIVN) rallied 29% on its first day of trade.

The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 fell at the starting bell, then regained ground in morning trade. The Dow industrials traded briefly higher for the day around 10 a.m. ET. But by 10:30 action had reversed, sending all three indexes lower. The Nasdaq composite ended 1.7% lower, while the S&P 500 fell 0.8% and the Dow industrials shed 0.7%.

Trading volume was mixed, soft compared to Tuesday on the Nasdaq. It was about 10% higher on the NYSE.

In the final analysis, chip stocks took a pounding, with the VanEck Semiconductor ETF (SMH) down 3.2%. Software also suffered, as the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) dropped 2.9%.

Among growth stocks, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) toppled 4.5% as (MNDY), Upstart Holdings (UPST) and Affirm Holdings (AFRM) logged double-digit dives.

Reports were due in the after-hours session from Dow Jones stock Walt Disney (DIS), Brooks Automation (BRKS), Beazer Homes (BZH), Affirm Holdings and Beyond Meat (BYND).

The stock market will run a normal session on Thursday, while bond markets close for the Veterans Day holiday.

Pfizer Leads S&P 500; China-based Names Top Nasdaq

Pfizer clocked the strongest gain on the S&P 500, as both it and Germany-based vaccine partner BioNTech rose more than 3%. The two companies announced late Tuesday they had requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to approve their Covid vaccinate for all adults over 18.

Value investors also swept in, sending Discovery (DISCA) and Newmont Mining (NEM) high on the S&P 500.

At the bottom of the S&P 500, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) crumbled 6%, unraveling more of Monday’s 10.1% rally. The IBD Leaderboard stock struggles to add a sixth week to its rally. Shares are extended after clearing a double-bottom base buy point at 114.59 in mid-October.

IBD 50 Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now

Oil-related names took six of the day’s 10 hardest hits on the S&P 500, as oil prices skidded almost 4% lower after weekly data showed a surprise increase in inventories. Diamondback Energy (FANG) was among those losing the most ground, down 5.2% in a move that broke below the stock’s short-term 21-day exponential moving average.

On the Nasdaq 100, DocuSign (DOCU), Mercado Libre (MELI), AMD and CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD) were among the deepest declines. DocuSign broke below 50-day support. Mercado Libre cut back below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. CrowdStrike dropped to test short-term support at its 10-day line, about 3% below a 289.34 buy point.

China-based names Pinduoduo (PDD) and NetEase (NTES) led the Nasdaq 100. Pinduoduo was up 4.5% and NetEase notched a 2.2% gain.

Earnings Boost DoorDash; Unity, Tesla Lead IBD 50

Earnings news produced more than a few winning stocks on Wednesday. DoorDash, RingCentral (RNG) and PDF Solutions (PDFS) roared higher after reporting results late Tuesday. SailPoint Technologies (SAIL), Avid Technology (AVID) and Sierra Wireless (SWIR) also scored big advances on earnings.

On the IBD 50 list, Unity Software (U) and Tesla (TSLA) were the day’s leaders. Unity rallied 10% in a volatile session that included an early 9% dive. The gain punched shares back above their previous high, from December, following an 11-month correction.

Tesla also had a volatile session, swinging low, then higher and ending with a 4.3% gain. That hoisted shares back above their 21-day exponential moving average, a positive signal. Shares remain extended above a 900.50 buy point in a nine-month cup base.

DoorDash rallied 10% after the food-delivery company late Tuesday reported results and said it is acquiring a Finland-based peer. The stock deal for Wolt is valued at about $8 billion. DoorDash stock is breaking out past the 220.71 buy point of a shallow double-bottom base, however shares pulled back sharply from early highs and closed below the entry.

In after-hours reporting, Dow Jones stock Disney dropped 2.7% as investors dug into its fiscal fourth-quarter results. Brooks Automation was down 2.8%. Beazer Homes was unchanged ahead of its report. Affirm Holdings spiked more than 10% in the first few minutes after reporting its fiscal first quarter results.

You can find Alan R. Elliott on Twitter @IBD_Aelliott


IBD 50 Stocks To Watch: ASML Near New Buy Point After 84% Run

Find The Best Long-Term Investments With IBD Long-Term Leaders

Learn How To Time The Market With IBD’s ETF Market Strategy

MarketSmith Provides Investing Tools That Are Easy To Use

This post was originally published on *this site*