Tech Stocks Ease On Hot PPI, Yields Rise, Microsoft, Amazon Snap 5-Week Positive Streak: What's Driving Markets Friday?

Benzinga ·  Feb 16 14:21

Wall Street paused for a breather Friday following a stronger-than-anticipated producer inflation report that once again caught investors off guard, echoing the heat of a similarly strong consumer inflation report earlier in the week.

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for January 2024 saw a 0.3% month-over-month increase, surpassing the projected 0.1% surge, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) surged by 3.1% year-on-year, exceeding the forecasted 2.9%, highlighting the ongoing intensity of the inflation battle.

"The January inflation data vindicates the Fed's wait-and-see approach," Bank of America economist Stephen Juneau said in a note.

As a result, traders trimmed their expectations for Fed rate cuts, delaying the anticipated start to this summer. Yields surged higher, with the policy-sensitive two-year note yield climbing by over 10 basis points to reach 4.67%.

As of noon trading in New York, the S&P 500 showed minimal change for the day, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 lagged behind, potentially ending a five-week winning streak. A similar trend was observed with both Microsoft Corp. (NYSE:MSFT) and Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Friday's Performance In Major Indices, ETFs

Major Indices & ETFsPrice1-day % chg
S&P 5005,020.44-0.2%
Dow Jones38,675.17-0.3%
Nasdaq 10017,749.70-0.5%
Russell 20002,044.70-0.9%

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY) was 0.2% lower to $500.96, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA) fell 0.3% to $386.90 and the tech-heavy Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) fell 0.5% to $432.16, according to Benzinga Pro data.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLP), outperformed, up 0.5%, while the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLC) was the laggard, down 1.4%.

Friday's Stock Movers

  • Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:BIO) rose over 7%, marking the largest one-day rise among S&P 500 stocks after the company released stronger-than-expected results last quarter.
  • Digital Realty Corp. Inc. (NYSE:DLR) fell 7.6% after fourth-quarter results missed projections.
  • Other companies reacting to earnings were Applied Materials Inc. (NYSE:AMAT), up 7%, Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC), Kinsale Capital Group Inc. (NYSE:KNSL), up 18%, The Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ:TTD), up 18%, Coinbase Global Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN), up 15%, Toast Inc. (NYSE:TOST), up 15%, ShockWave Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:SWAV), up 13%, Roku Inc. (NASDAQ:ROKU), down 23%, Dropbox Inc. (NASDAQ:DBX), down 21% and DoorDash Inc. (NASDAQ:DASH), down 9%.

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