Nasdaq Plummets Over 3 Percent; DJIA, S&P Down as Well

Jacob Harper  |

Just two days after the S&P 500 hit an all-time high, big sell-offs in biotech and tech took the market to its news, with the Nasdaq recording its worst day since Nov. 2011. The day stood in sharp contrast to earlier in the week, and fueled speculation that a major market correction is in the works.

Hedge fund manager Uri Landesman told MarketWatch that investors can expect more losses soon, saying that “Techs and biotechs really haven’t cracked yet. I think it’ll happen and people will be surprised how much they can really go down.”

While the future as always remains uncertain, biotech indeed got hit hard on April 10, with Gilead Sciences (GILD) shedding 6.72 percent, Vertex Pharmaceutical (VRTX) losing 5.83, and Celgene ($CELG) off 5.08 percent on the day.

Tech didn’t fare much better. One day after rising 7.1 percent in one trading session, Facebook ($FB) pulled back sharply, shedding 4.55 percent amid exceptionally heavy volume. Netflix (NFLX) fared even worse, losing 5.08 percent, and contributing to the tech-heavy Nasdaq’s big pullback.

The S&P and DJIA were down as well, with Windstream (WIN) being the only play in the S&P to gain over 2 percent on the day. American Express (AXP) led the plunge for the Dow, losing 3.79 percent.

Market Results for April 10, 2014

  • Standard & Poor’s 500: -2.09 percent to 1,833.08 points
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: - 1.62 percent to 16,170.22 points
  • NASDAQ Exchange: -3.1 percent to 4,054.11 points

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