Stocks slide as coronavirus, inflation worries creep up

Stocks slide as coronavirus, inflation worries creep up

U.S. equity markets reversed early gains as worries mounted over an uptick in COVID-19 cases and a consumer sentiment survey for July highlighted inflation concerns that are sweeping across America. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 300 points or 0.86%, while the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite index slipped 0.76% and 0.8%, respectively. 

The Dow had gained more than 100 points before the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index for July came in at 80.8, below the 86.5 Refinitv estimate. Traders paid particular attention to the part of the report that said consumers expect prices will increase 4.8% over the next 12 months, the most since August 2008. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34687.85 -299.17 -0.86%
SP500 S&P 500 4327.16 -32.87 -0.75%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14427.236932 -115.90 -0.80%

This comes after a separate report showed sales rose 0.6% in June, exceeding the 0.4% decline that analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had expected. 

The mixed economic data added to the jitters caused by news that the number of new COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions linked to the disease was climbing in all 50 states. Still, the number of deaths continued to decline as those who are vaccinated are likely to have a milder case.  

In the Treasury market, the 10-year note was little changed near 1.33%. 

In stocks, rate-sensitive sectors lagged after early outperformance. 

Banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Holdings, pulled back amid concerns over the economy.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
JPM JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. 151.91 -3.55 -2.28%
BAC BANK OF AMERICA CORP. 37.92 -0.91 -2.34%
GS THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. 364.80 -8.55 -2.29%

Travel-related names lagged amid concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 infections. Casino and cruise operators and airlines were all lower.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
WYNN WYNN RESORTS LTD. 104.70 -3.53 -3.26%
EXPE EXPEDIA GROUP, INC. 157.61 -1.68 -1.05%


Elsewhere, drugmaker Moderna Inc. will be added to the S&P 500, replacing Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is being acquired by the U.K.’s AstraZeneca Plc. The change will take place ahead of the market’s open on July 21.  

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MRNA MODERNA, INC. 286.43 +26.75 +10.30%
AZN ASTRAZENECA PLC 56.79 -0.17 -0.30%

Didi Global Inc. shares were sharply lower after officials from seven Chinese government departments showed up at its Hangzhou headquarters for a cybersecurity review. Shares had fallen 26% through Thursday since debuting for trading at $16.65 apiece on June 30.   

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
DIDI DIDI GLOBAL INC 11.97 -0.39 -3.16%

In earnings, Charles Schwab reported mixed results as daily trading volume slowed 28% from the previous quarter. Volume was still up 4% year over year. 

State Street Corp. beat on both the top and bottom lines and hiked its quarterly dividend by 10% to 57 cents a share. The financial services company also announced a new $3 billion stock buyback program. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
SCHW THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORP. 68.89 -1.66 -2.35%
STT STATE STREET CORP. 84.36 +2.40 +2.93%

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil added 16 cents to $71.81 a barrel and gold fell $13.90 to $1,814.50 an ounce.  

Overseas markets were mostly weaker. 


European trading was choppy with France’s CAC lower by 0.51%, Germany’s DAX 30 slipping 0.57% and Britain’s FTSE 100 down 0.06%. 

In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.03% while China’s Shanghai Composite and Japan’s Nikkei 225 declined 0.71% and 0.98%, respectively. 

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