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Market Snapshot: Dow, S&P 500 fail to hold gains despite Big Tech’s blowout earnings

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No progress on Capitol Hill toward coronavirus relief package

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Stocks traded mostly lower Friday weighed down by a mixed batch of earnings results, disappointing economic data and a lack of progress on Capitol Hill toward another coronavius aid package.

Earlier stocks had rallied on opening inspired by blowout earnings from tech heavyweights Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet,

What are major benchmarks doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 124.70 points, or 0.5%, to 26,188.95, while the S&P 500

was off 2.39 points, or 0.1%, at 3,243.83. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite

remained up 75.07 points, or 0.7%, at 10,662.88.

The Dow on Thursday fell 225.92 points, or 0.9%, to end at 26,313.65, while the S&P 500 lost 12.22 points, or 0.4%, to close at 3,246.22. The Nasdaq Composite rose 44.87 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 10,587.81.

What’s driving the market?

Tech earnings were in focus following results from some of the industry’s largest and most powerful players after Thursday’s closing bell, including Apple Inc.
Facebook Inc.
, Inc.

and Google parent Alphabet Inc.


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But it was a different story outside the tech realm.

“This morning the mood was mixed with a plethora of earnings results. Exxon had its worst quarterly loss in modern history, while Chevron’s results were the worst in three decades,” said Edward Moya, analyst at Oanda, in a note.

Stocks softened after a downbeat reading on consumer sentiment. The final reading of the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index in July slipped to 72.5 from an initial 72.9. The index registered 73.2 in June.

“The deterioration in consumer sentiment along with a failure to extend full emergency unemployment benefits will weigh on consumer spending,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, lead economist at Oxford Economics. “We do expect policy makers to approve another round of direct payments to households, but that will provide only temporary relief.”

There was no progress Thursday in talks between congressional Democrats, Republicans and the White House on a new coronavirus relief bill with expanded unemployment benefits due to expire Friday. Democrats rejected a White House proposal to temporarily extend the $600-a-week in added benefits, saying the Trump administration didn’t understand the severity of the crisis.

Talks between Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats could stretch into the weekend, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday morning.

The U.S. saw record deaths from COVID-19 in Texas, Florida and Arizona, while California faced its second-deadliest day.

In vaccine news, European drugmaker Sanofi

said the U.S. government will pay up to $2.1 billion for the COVID-19 vaccine candidate it is developing with GlaxoSmithKline
The funding, part of Operation Warp Speed, will be used to support ongoing clinical development and manufacturing of the experimental candidate, with at least 100 million doses promised to the U.S.

U.S. consumer spending rose 5.6% in June, while personal incomes declined by 1.1%, government data showed. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had produced a consensus forecast for a 5.9% rise in spending and a 0.8% drop in income. A related measure of core inflation, the Federal Reserve’s favorite gauge of price pressures, rose 0.2%, in line with expectations. The employment cost index for the second quarter rose 0.5%, versus expectations for a 0.6% rise.

Which companies are in focus?
What are other markets doing?

In Asia, China’s CSI 300 index

rose 0.8%, the Shanghai Composite

rose 0.7%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index

fell 0.5% and Japan’s Nikkei 225

slumped 2.8%.

Stocks turned lower in Europe, with the Stoxx 600 Europe index

down 0.6%, while the U.K.’s FTSE 100

fell 1.2%.

Gold futures

were on the rise, while the ICE U.S. Dollar Index

edged up 0.2% but remained on track for its biggest monthly fall since 2010. Oil futures were edging higher, with the U.S. benchmark

up 0.3% on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note

fell 1.3 basis points to 0.536%. Yields move in the opposite direction of prices.

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