Dow drops 200 points as stocks extend losses from Thursday's sell-off

Dow drops 200 points as stocks extend losses from Thursday's sell-off

Stocks lost ground on Friday morning, continuing their slide after the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its worst day since 2020.

The Dow dropped 260 points, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 lost 0.8%, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.8%. The tech-heavy index is now down roughly 25% from its record high last November.

The moves came after stocks sold off sharply on Thursday. The Dow lost more than 1,000 points, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell nearly 5%. Both indexes notched their worst single-day drops since 2020. The S&P 500 fell 3.56%, its second-worst day of the year.

Thursday’s losses erased Wednesday’s big post-Federal Reserve meeting rally. Fed Chair Jerome Powell ruled out the prospect of larger rate hikes on Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 and the Dow to their best daily gains since 2020.

“The widely anticipated relief rally seen in equities and bonds post the ‘less hawkish than feared’ Fed on Wednesday was short lived,” Barclays strategist Emmanuel Cau said in a note to clients. “Although aggressive 75bp hikes going forward may be off the table, the implied policy tightening cycle ahead is still very hawkish, in our view. Unless surging inflation quickly reverses its course (watch US CPI print next Wednesday), central banks may have no other choice than slowing growth to slow inflation and stay credible.”

Technology stocks bore the brunt of Thursday’s fall, with cloud companies, e-retailers and mega-cap names seeing steep declines. That trend continued on Friday, with Microsoft and Amazon falling more than 1% and Netflix dropping 2.5%.

Speculative areas of the market such as biotech and solar energy were also hit hard on Friday. Illumina dropped more than 11%, while Enphase Energy fell nearly 5%.

Moves in the Treasury market appeared to be weighing on equities Friday. The 10-year Treasury yield rose above 3.12% for the first time since 2018, but eased back from that level later in the session.

On the earnings front, shares of Under Armour dropped more than 22% after the apparel company missed estimates on the top and bottom lines. That appeared to hurt rival Nike, whose shares dropped more than 6% and weighed on the Dow.

DoorDash and Block dropped 12% and 3% respectively after missing key estimates in their reports.

The losses came despite an April jobs report that showed a gain of 428,000 jobs, more than the 400,000 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

One weak area of the report was the labor force participation rate, which was little changed month over month and remains 1.2 percentage points below its pre-pandemic level. Economists believe that a recovery in participation could help stem the rise in wages and, by extension, inflation.

“If we are to get a soft landing, we are going to have to see a recovery in participation at a pretty rapid clip,” said Luke Bartholomew, senior economist at Abrdn.

The losses on Friday put the three major indexes on track to finish lower for the week despite starting with three straight positive sessions.

— CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.