Friday January 21st


Nasdaq futures fall 1% as Netflix drags tech-heavy index deeper into correction territory

U.S. stock market index futures moved lower in early morning trading on Friday, following a disappointing earnings report from Netflix, building on the major averages’ declines that dragged it into correction territory. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 100 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures lost 0.42%, while Nasdaq 100 futures declined nearly 1%. Netflix’s disappointing quarterly report is the latest setback for technology investors. Shares of the streaming giant tumbled 19% in premarket trading Friday after the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report showed a slowdown in subscriber growth. Its competitors shares also declined, with Dow component Disney, which operates the Disney+ streaming service, off 3.5% premarket. Netflix is the first major tech stock to report earnings this season, with Apple and Tesla slated to post earnings next week. Peloton, meanwhile, plunged 23.9% during regular trading on Thursday after CNBC reported that the company is temporarily halting production of its fitness products. However, the maker of interactive fitness bicycles and treadmills saw shares rebound 5% in Friday’s premarket. The major losses in growth names have pushed the Nasdaq Composite further in correction territory as rising rates pressure technology stocks and future profits begin to look less attractive. At Thursday’s close, the Nasdaq was down 11.85% from its closing record in November. The Nasdaq Composite is headed for its worst week since Oct. 2020 due to a surge in interest rates this week. The U.S. 10-year Treasury hit 1.9% on Wednesday as investors focused on the Federal Reserve’s timeline for raising interest rates and broadly tightening monetary policy. However, bond yields retreated on Friday. Investors will now be turning their attention to the Fed’s January two-day policy meeting, set to start on Tuesday. “While a handful of rate hikes over the next year or two would represent a shift in Fed policy, we wouldn’t consider policy restrictive and we don’t expect the initial rate increase to derail the economic recovery,” said Scott Wren, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. However, he added that rate hikes will inject volatility into the market. During regular trading Thursday, the Dow shed 313 points, or 0.89%. At one point during the session, the 30-stock benchmark was up more than 450 points. A similar reversal played out for the other major averages. The S&P declined 1.1% after earlier advancing 1.53%. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day with a loss of 1.3%, reversing a prior move that had the tech-heavy index up 2.1%. “The market has been flashing faulty signals for the past few weeks and it seems as if the broader indices are finally breaking down,” said Scott Redler of T3 Live. The S&P 500 closed below 4,500 on Thursday for the first time since October 18, which Redler said is important from a technical standpoint and “opens the door for a targeted move to at least 4,320, which would take the S&P down 10%.” Both the Dow and S&P 500 are on track for a third straight week of losses. Small caps have also been hit hard, and the Russell 2000 is on track for its worst week since June 2020. Bitcoin is getting hit hard on Friday as investors brace for the Fed and dump riskier assets with higher rates ahead. The digital asset fell more than 10% to around 38,233 on Friday. Asia-Pacific markets tumbled on Friday, tracking declines on Wall Street overnight. Meanwhile, oil prices slipped from their 2014 highs earlier in the week, falling about 2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 pared earlier losses, falling 0.9% to close at 27,522.26, while the Topix was down 0.59% to 1,927.18. Mainland stocks declined, with the Shanghai composite dipping 0.91% to close at 3,522.57 and the Shenzhen component down 1.19% to 14,029.55. Over in South Korea, the Kospi was down 1% to 2,834.29. Taiwan’s Taiex fell 1.75% to 17,899.30. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.19% as of the final hour of trade. Alibaba was down 3.7%. Oil prices plunged on Friday, after rising to seven-year highs this week, as an increase in U.S. crude and fuel stockpiles prompted investors to take profits from the rally. Brent crude futures dropped $2.46, or 2.8%, to $85.92 a barrel by 0136 GMT. The contract earlier fell by as much as 3%, the most since Dec. 20. The global benchmark touched $89.50 a barrel on Thursday, its highest since October 2014. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slid $2.61, or 3.1%, to $82.94 a barrel. The contract earlier fell as much as 3.2%, also the most since Dec. 20, after rising to its highest since October 2014 on Wednesday. Gold prices edged higher on Friday and were set for a second weekly gain, as safe-haven demand and lower U.S. bond yields lifted the metal’s appeal, while investors look forward to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues to its tightening timeline. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,840.59 per ounce, as of 0414 GMT, inching towards Thursday’s two-month high of $1,847.72. U.S. gold futures dipped 0.1% at $1,840.80.