Wall Street opens lower as tech selloff continues
Wall Street futures pointed to a lower open on Monday as the sell-off in tech names looked set to continue and investors braced for the two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve this week.
The blue-chip Dow futures lost 31 points, or 0.14%, at 6:59AM ET (10:59GMT), the S&P 500 futures fell 5 points, or 0.23%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures traded down 38 points, or 0.65%.
Technology stocks have led a record-setting rally on Wall Street, helped largely by strong quarterly earnings. The S&P 500 technology index .SPLRCT has risen 18.5 percent this year and is on track to register its best yearly performance since 2014.
However, the index tumbled 2.7 percent on Friday, sparked by a sharp drop in Apple shares (AAPL.O) amid reports that the company is using slower modems in upcoming iPhones, compared with those used by rivals. Shares of the world’s most valuable publicly-listed company were off 3.5 percent at $143.52 on Monday and weighed the most on all three main indexes.
The S&P technology sector was down 1.34 percent due to declines in closely watched technology stocks, including those of Microsoft (MSFT.O), Facebook (FB.O), Netflix (NFLX.O) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O).
Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville said that we’re starting to question valuations of technology (stocks) at these levels and investors are trying to jockey their way around this thought process. Wall Street’s major indexes hit all-time highs on Friday, driven by banks and energy stocks but those gains were offset by the tech selloff later in the day.
Financials .SPSY rose 0.5 percent on Monday, while energy was up 1.3 percent, helping cushion some of the impact from the tech rout.
At 9:40 a.m. ET (1340 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 16.93 points, or 0.08 percent, at 21,255.04.The S&P 500 .SPX was down 5.2 points, or 0.21 percent, at 2,426.57 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 62.95 points, or 1.01 percent, at 6,144.97.
Shares of General Electric (GE.N) rose 4.8 percent to $29.29 after the company said Jeff Immelt would retire as chief executive and would be replaced by John Flannery, the head of GE healthcare, ending a years-long succession plan. GE was the top stock on the S&P 500.
Coherus BioSciences (CHRS.O) tumbled 30.2 percent to $14.40 after the FDA denied the approval of its biosimilar for Amgen’s (AMGN.O) Neulasta, which fights infections in cancer patients. Amgen was up 1.5 at $166.61.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,635 to 954. On the Nasdaq, 1,206 issues rose and 1,166 fell. The S&P 500 index showed 28 new 52-week highs and 11 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 82 new highs and 70 new lows.