by Marc Bastow | April 18, 2013 5:08 pm
Technology and financial stocks once again proved a drag on markets, today. The major indices fell broadly for a second straight day as investors looked through more earnings reports and didn’t like what they found.
The two-day slide fell hardest on the Nasdaq which dropped 1.20% to 3,166.36, while the S&P 500 fell 0.67% to 1,541.61 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 0.56% to close at 14,537.14.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) continued to crater, falling immediately below $400 at the open, and continuing down nearly 3% to its lowest closing point since November 2011 ($391). Meanwhile, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) shares dropped more than 11% after the cell phone company reported a 32% drop in its cellphone sales and a 25% drop in overall revenue.
Shares of eBay (after the online-auction giant issued weak second-quarter guidance. Even chip maker SanDisk (NASDAQ:SNDK), who managed to report better-than-expected earnings and sales for the first-quarter, found its shares under pressure, falling about 6% on the day.
In after-hours action in the sector, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was trading up nearly 2% after posting earnings. The company beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and met revenue expectations. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) was trading down fractionally after reporting higher earnings but revenues below estimates. IBM (NYSE:IBM) was the big after-hours loser, falling more than 3% on an earnings miss, which was blamed on depreciation in the Japanese Yen.
In the bank sector, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue, but its traditional trading business saw weak revenue growth, and shares traded down more than 4%. Meanwhile, sector mate Bank of America ( Shares of Citigroup (NYSE:C) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) dropped more than 1% on the day.
Healthcare stocks also took a beating, as UnitedHealthgroup (NYSE:UNH) fell more than 3% — the biggest drop in the Dow — after announcing lower profits due to smaller government reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act. Shares of Humana (NYSE:HUM, -3.14%), Health Net (NYSE:HNT, -3.08%) and WellPoint (NYSE:WLP, -2.68%) also fell on the news.
On the brighter side of the ledger, shares of PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) rose 3% on better-than-expected quarterly earnings, and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) managed the same trick, rising more than 2% after beating earnings forecasts.
Earnings notables for Friday include McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD), Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC), and InvestorPlace Real America Index component Under Armour (NYSE:UA).
Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he was long AAPL, MSFT, and VZ.
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