Tech, Banks Continue to Slide — Thursday’s IP Market Recap

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.

IPMarketRecap Tech, Banks Continue to Slide    Thursday's IP Market Recap [1]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[2]) 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[3]) shares dropped more than 11% after the cell phone company reported [4]a 32% drop in its cellphone sales and a 25% drop in overall revenue.

Shares of eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY[5]) also struggled, falling more than 5% after the online-auction giant issued weak second-quarter guidance. Even chip maker SanDisk (NASDAQ:SNDK[6]), 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[7]) was trading up nearly 2% after posting earnings. The company beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and met revenue expectations. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[8]) was trading down fractionally after reporting higher earnings but revenues below estimates. IBM (NYSE:IBM[9]) 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[10]) 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 (NYSE:BAC[11]) fell another 2.2% on the day after a 5% drop on Wednesday.  Shares of Citigroup (NYSE:C[12]) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS[13]) dropped more than 1% on the day.

Healthcare stocks also took a beating, as UnitedHealthgroup (NYSE:UNH[14]) 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[15], -3.14%), Health Net (NYSE:HNT[16], -3.08%) and WellPoint (NYSE:WLP[17], -2.68%) also fell on the news.

On the brighter side of the ledger, shares of PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP[18]) rose 3% on better-than-expected quarterly earnings, and Verizon (NYSE:VZ[19]) managed the same trick, rising more than 2% after beating earnings forecasts.

Earnings notables for Friday include McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD[20]), Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC[21]), and InvestorPlace Real America Index[22] component [23]Under Armour (NYSE:UA[24]).

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Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he was long AAPL, MSFT, and VZ.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IPMarketRecap.gif
  2. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  3. NOK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NOK
  4. reported : http://investorplace.com/2013/04/nokia-shares-plummet-on-poor-sales/
  5. EBAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EBAY
  6. SNDK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SNDK
  7. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  8. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  9. IBM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IBM
  10. MS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MS
  11. BAC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BAC
  12. C: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=C
  13. GS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GS
  14. UNH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UNH
  15. HUM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HUM
  16. HNT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HNT
  17. WLP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WLP
  18. PEP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PEP
  19. VZ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VZ
  20. MCD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCD
  21. GPC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GPC
  22. Real America Index: http://investorplace.com/real-america-index/
  23. component : http://investorplace.com/real-america-index/maryland-under-armour-performance-gear-for-everyone-ua/
  24. UA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UA
  25. OSTK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=OSTK
  26. ACI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ACI
  27. RAD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RAD
  28. FCS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FCS
  29. KKD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KKD
  30. HOV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HOV

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