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Stock market news live: Dow falls again after Apple warns of coronavirus, Nasdaq closes barely in the green

U.S. stocks were lower as traders returned from the Presidents’ Day holiday, after a growing number of companies warned about the impact of the deadly coronavirus to quarterly results.

Here’s a look at what’s moving markets Wednesday, February 19.

4:18 p.m. ET: Dow falls again after Apple warns of coronavirus, Nasdaq closes barely in the green

Here’s where the major indices had settled as of 4:21 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -0.29% or -9.87 points to 3,370.29

  • Dow (^DJI): -0.56% or -165.89 points to 29,232.19

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +0.02% or +1.57 points to 9,732.74

  • Crude oil (CL=F): +0.08% or +0.04 to 52.09 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +1.17% or +18.50 to 1,604.90 per ounce

2:26 p.m. ET: Stocks lower with the Dow down 163 points as Apple shares weigh

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 2:26 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -0.27% or -9.16 points to 3,371.00

  • Dow (^DJI): -0.56% or -163.60 points to 29,234.48

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +0.01% or +0.98 points to 9,732.15

  • Crude oil (CL=F): -0.29% or -0.15 to 51.90 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +1.12% or +17.80 to 1,604.20 per ounce

2:05 p.m. ET: Trump pardons list of convicts, including Michael Milken

FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo, financier Michael Milken leads a discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File )

President Donald Trump issued a blizzard of clemency decisions on Wednesday to several noteworthy figures — including Michael Milken, the disgraced financier implicated in insider trading during the 1980s and pleaded guilty to several counts of securities fraud.

The famed “junk bond king” has long railed against his conviction, but has put himself on a long road to redemption by embracing philanthropy and building his eponymous Davos-esque financial/economic think tank. In fact, in issuing the pardon, Trump cited “the incredible job” Milken has done supporting cancer research.

1:55 p.m. ET: Virgin Galactic soars

Richard Branson-backed space tourism company Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE) shares gained 13% on Tuesday. Reuters reports that the company has been the third most traded stock on Fidelity's online brokerage lately.

12:42 p.m. ET: Walmart, Apple the latest companies to cite coronavirus impact

China’s coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to claim lives, infecting new patients — and hitting the bottom line of major corporations.

On Tuesday, investors digested warnings from Apple (AAPL) and Walmart (WMT), two of Corporate America’s biggest giants. The iPhone maker said on Monday that the virus’ impact on demand — which forced it to shutter its stores in China — would undermine its revenue guidance for the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the retail giant also suggested the coronavirus could be a drag on the current quarter, after weak holiday sales caused the company to miss earnings forecasts.

Yahoo Finance is tracking the biggest businesses discussing impacts from the coronavirus. Read more here.

12:20 p.m. ET: Macy’s credit rating cut to junk by S&P Global

Macy’s (M) credit rating was slashed to BB+ from BBB- by S&P Global on Tuesday, landing the retailer’s long-term rating in “junk” status.

Shares of Macy’s sank 2.76% in intraday trading to $16.21 each, underperforming against the broader market.

11:55 a.m. ET: How exposed are US companies to China’s outbreak?

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

If China sneezes, will the rest of the world catch a cold?

Apple’s coronavirus warning on Monday has placed a spotlight on multinational companies with heavy China exposure, either via market share or supply chains. The Middle Kingdom is, of course, the world’s 2nd largest economy, and one of the world’s largest manufacturing hubs — a status that’s grown more central to global growth since the SARS scare of the early 2000s.

In a study circulated on Tuesday, Wells Fargo believes that some U.S. industries have “high levels of input inventories” that are serving as a cushion against supply shock.

But the firm also warned that a lengthy delay in Chinese production will have “adverse effects to global supply chains” and undercut U.S manufacturers:

That does not mean the current virus outbreak, however, will not have a bearing on overall GDP growth.

As Chinese production and shipments are delayed, U.S. inventories will be pared down more quickly than they otherwise would be. Moreover, production in the American manufacturing sector eventually could be adversely affected if Chinese factories were to shut down for an extended period of time (i.e., a month or more). In addition, while inventories of input products are at generally high levels, it may only take one part running out of stock to shut down production of certain products. Stay tuned.

11:44 a.m. ET: Dow dives 250+ points, led by declines in Apple

Stocks held lower in intraday trading, sinking as fears over the coronavirus’s impact on current-quarter earnings results weighed on risk assets.

A flight to safety was in full swing, with gold prices spiking more than 1% to more than $1,600 per ounce. The Japanese yen rose against the U.S. dollar, and Treasury yields sank.

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 11:44 ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -0.68% or -268.16 points to 3,357.21

  • Dow (^DJI): -0.91% or -268.16 points to 29,129.92

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -0.52% or -51.21 points to 9,679.77

  • Crude oil (CL=F): -1.04% or -0.54 to 51.51 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +1.23% or +19.50 to 1,605.90 per ounce

11:00 a.m. ET: Treasury yields dive on coronavirus jitters

While most investors are watching the coronavirus’ impact on stocks, bond yields have quietly fallen below the psychologically key 2% mark, on fears of the growing risk to the global economy. The 10-year note (TNX) yielded 1.549% in early dealings, while the 2-year also dived under 1.4%.

10:00 a.m. ET: Homebuilders’ sentiment remains steady in February

Builder confidence in the market for single-family homes ticked down just slightly in February, signaling resiliently positive sentiment in the U.S. housing market.

The National Association of Home Builders’ monthly survey registered at 74 in February, a hair below the 75 expected. While a slight pull-back from January’s reading of 75, February’s result was still above the average of 66 in 2019, and it marked the fourth straight month of a reading above 70.

“Steady job growth, rising wages and low interest rates are fueling demand but builders are still grappling with increasing construction and development costs,” NAHB Chairman Dean Mon said in a statement.

9:33 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower as coronavirus impact broadens out

The three major U.S. stock indices opened lower, extending overnight losses after Apple warned about a negative impact to first-quarter sales due to the coronavirus.

The iPhone-maker was the worst performer in the Dow around market open. The SPY S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and tech-heavy Invesco QQQ ETF (QQQ) were also lower just after the opening bell, with Apple comprising the No. 2 and No. 1 holdings, respectively, for each fund. In the S&P 500, the Energy and Information Technology sectors led declines.

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:33 ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -0.27% or -9.39 points to 3,370.77

  • Dow (^DJI): -0.36% or -104.71 points to 29,293.37

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -0.36% or -34.35 points to 9,696.51

  • Crude oil (CL=F): -2.02% or -1.05 to 51.00 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +0.62% or +9.80 to 1,596.20 per ounce

9:13 a.m. ET: Walmart misses holiday sales expectations, delivers disappointing guidance

Walmart (WMT) shares recovered some earlier losses during the overnight session after the big-box retailer delivered weaker than expected results for the holiday shopping season, missed consensus expectations for fiscal 2021 earnings guidance and said it expected slower e-commerce sales growth for the current year.

Fourth-quarter U.S. comparable same store sales for Walmart locations only, excluding gas sales, rose just 1.9% in the fiscal fourth quarter, below Wall Street estimates for 2.4% growth. And for the full year, Walmart sees comparable sales up 2.5%, below estimates for a rise of 2.7%. Fiscal 2021 earnings per share are expected to come in as high as $5.15, missing expectations for $5.22.

Walmart’s full-year guidance does not include any estimated impact from the coronavirus, although the company said it is monitoring developments in the outbreak. Walmart executives said during an earnings call, however, that coronavirus could impact first-quarter earnings per share by a few cents.

8:30 a.m. ET: Empire State Manufacturing survey underscores resilience in U.S. manufacturing sector, even amid coronavirus

New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey – the first regional manufacturing survey since the coronavirus outbreak picked up – came in higher than expected reading for February. The index climbed to 12.9, or the highest level in nine months, as the new orders subindex surged to the highest level since September 2017.

The headline index was well above the 5.0 reading consensus economists expected and 4.8 print from January.

7:39 a.m. ET: Stock futures tumble after Apple says it likely won’t hit sales guidance due to coronavirus

U.S. stock futures tumbled in early trading, following global equities lower after Apple (AAPL) became the latest company to warn about the coronavirus’s impact to its business for the current quarter.

The iPhone-maker on Monday said it would not be able to meet its previously issued revenue guidance of between $63 billion to $67 billion for the quarter ending in March. Apple cited a slower than anticipated ramp-up of its supply chain in China after extended factory closures, as well as weakened product demand among Chinese consumers due to the coronavirus.

Shares of Apple were lower by 3% in early trading. Apple’s suppliers in Asia including TDK Corp. (TTDYK) and Murata Manufacturing (MRAAY) each also declined ahead of the opening bell in the U.S.

As of Tuesday, the global number of reported cases of the coronavirus was 73,328, along with 1,873 deaths, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

A growing number of firms have also cut growth forecasts for China and the surrounding region due to the coronavirus. Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday lowered its growth forecast for China this year to 5.2% from 5.8%, primarily due to decreased import demand among Chinese businesses and consumers amid the outbreak.

Here were the main moves during the pre-market session, as of 7:39 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,366.75, down 14.25 points or 0.42%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 29,237.00, down 158 points or 0.54%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 9,569.75, down 62.5 points or 0.65%

  • Crude oil (CL=F): $51.07 per barrel, down $0.98 or 1.88%

  • Gold (GC=F): $1,590.30 per ounce, up $3.90 or 0.25%

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 24, 2014. U.S. stocks were flat in volatile trading on Thursday, with indexes cutting early gains on a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine, though Apple jumped following its results. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

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