Stocks closed mixed Thursday, as market participants nervously eyed rising coronavirus cases in major regions throughout the country. Meanwhile, a report showed new weekly unemployment insurance claims were worse than expected last week, with the level down just slightly from the prior week.
The S&P 500 and Dow snapped a three-day winning streak by market close Wednesday, with concerns over a jump in coronavirus cases in some major states contributing to declines. However, big tech shares continued to climb and added to their run of outperformance, despite increasing scrutiny from regulators in the U.S. and Europe.
Travel and leisure stocks including airlines and cruise lines were mixed with increases in new coronavirus cases threatening a smooth reopening process. Cruise giant Carnival reported on Thursday a $4.4 billion second-quarter loss, and said it is unable to predict when it would be able to return to operations.
California on Thursday reported its largest one-day increase in Covid-19 cases yet, with these rising by 4,084. Similarly, new coronavirus cases in Florida rose by a one-day record for the state at more than 3,200, and Texas’s hospitalization rate rose. Other states including Arizona, Nevada and Oregon also saw spikes in cases, as regions struggled to keep infection rates down with reopenings under way.
Meanwhile, New York City – one of the regions that had been under stay in place orders the longest – signaled it would press ahead with the next phase of its reopening process next week, allowing for outdoor dining and salons to open their doors as the statewide daily infection and death rates fell below 1%.
With virtually every U.S. state now in the process of allowing businesses to reopen, new economic data has begun to reflect a recovery from April’s lows. Wednesday’s batch of economic data showed a strong rebound in the housing market, with mortgage applications for home purchases at a more than 11-year high as of last week. New-home building and building permits for the month of May also rose over April, albeit at a slower pace than consensus economists had expected.
4:04 p.m. ET: Dow posts back-to-back days of declines, while Nasdaq climbs for fifth straight session
Here were the main moves in markets as of 4:04 p.m. ET:
S&P 500 (^GSPC): +1.86 (+0.06%) to 3,115.35
Dow (^DJI): -39.51 (-0.15%) to 26,080.10
Nasdaq (^IXIC): +32.52 (+0.33%) to 9,943.05
Crude (CL=F): +$0.88 (+2.32%) to $38.84 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): -$3.20 (-0.18%) to $1,732.40 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -3.9 bps to yield 0.6940%
1:00 p.m. ET: S&P 500, Dow dip again, Nasdaq holds higher
The S&P 500 and Dow fell in afternoon trading Thursday, as a choppy session rolled on. The Nasdaq Composite held higher, as Tesla, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft rose.
11:00 a.m. ET: Stocks turn positive, shaking off earlier losses
The three major indices erased earlier losses and rose slightly Thursday. Advances in shares of Boeing and Chevron led gains in the Dow. In the S&P 500, the Energy sector outperformed, and the financials and materials sectors also led gains.
Each of the three major indices rose by less than half a percent.
9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower as coronavirus case increases spark concern
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:31 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 (^GSPC): -18.12 points (-0.58%) to 3,095.37
Dow (^DJI): -213.54 points (-0.82%) to 25,906.07
Nasdaq (^IXIC): -4.58 points (-0.05%) to 9,904.90
Crude (CL=F): -$0.02 (-0.02%) to $37.94 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): -$5.80 (-0.33%) to $1,729.80 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -3.4 bps to yield 0.699%
8:30 a.m. ET: Initial jobless claims totaled 1.508 million last week, coming in higher than expected
Weekly unemployment insurance claims ticked down to 1.508 million for the week ended June 13, the Labor Department said Thursday. This was above consensus expectations for claims to fall to 1.29 million for the week, according to Bloomberg data. The prior week’s new claims were upwardly revised to 1.566 million.
Continuing unemployment claims also fell by a less than expected margin for the week ended June 6. Those ticked down to 20.544 million, from the downwardly revised 20.606 million from the prior week. Consensus economists expected continuing claims to dip below the 20 million mark.
7:24 a.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures extend losses
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 7:24 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,106.5, down 11.5 points or 0.37%
Dow futures (YM=F): 26,052.00, down 98 points, or 0.37%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 9,987.75, down 6.75 points, or 0.07%
Crude (CL=F): +$0.32 (+0.84%) to $38.28 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): -$4.90 (-0.28%) to $1,730.70 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -2.1 bps to yield 0.712%
6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures open lower
Here were the main moves at the start of the overnight session for U.S. equity futures, as of 6:05 p.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,113.75, down 4.25 points or 0.14%
Dow futures (YM=F): 26,118.00, down 32 points, or 0.12%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 9,990.75, down 3.75 points, or 0.04%