Wall Street Slumps Into the Weekend as Fed Remains Reiterates Tapering

Michael Teague |

Stocks on Wall Street rose early and for most of Friday’s trading session, propelled by another day of impressive earnings reports, only to tumble shortly before the bell as emerging markets were eviscerated by the Central Bank’s increasingly hawkish stance on the stimulus cuts was once again reiterated, this time by Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher.

 

Friday’s Results

●     Standard & Poor’s 500: -0.19 percent to 1,836.25

●     Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.19 percent to 16,103.30

●     NASDAQ: -0.10 percent to 4,263.41

 

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On the S&P 500

Materials companies were among the stocks most hit by the late sell-off on Friday, with Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) off over 8 percent, while Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) lost nearly 4.5 percent. Blue chips also struggled, with a 1.3 percent drop for both Intel (INTC) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) .

 

On the Dow

Verizon Communications (VZ) and Chevron (CVX) led the way down, each nearing losses of almost 2 percent, though the benchmark index was helped on the upside by Nike (NKE) and Walt Disney (DIS) , both of whom added 1.2 percent ahead of the closing bell.

 

On the NASDAQ

Groupon Inc. (GRPN) was the most spectacular victim of the sell off, dropping a precipitous 22 percent on the exchange’s heaviest trading after its earnings statement sorely disappointed investors. Tech stocks struggled overall, with Facebook (FB) off 1.5 percent, and Zynga (ZNGA) shedding 1.8, but Microsivison Inc. (MVIS) was a standout, adding another 6 percent for a second day of substantial gains.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 22.66 -0.17 -0.74 3,582,696
CVX Chevron Corporation 113.00 -0.29 -0.26 6,167,368
FB Facebook Inc. 115.40 0.30 0.26 25,070,364
INTC Intel Corporation 34.16 0.40 1.18 21,492,534
CPF Central Pacific Financial Corp New 29.61 -0.11 -0.37 103,564
MVIS Microvision Inc. 1.61 0.05 3.21 217,176
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 98.50 -0.44 -0.44 7,737,193
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 49.81 -0.06 -0.12 10,650,716
NKE Nike Inc. 50.46 -0.19 -0.38 6,933,279
ZNGA Zynga Inc. 2.86 -0.01 -0.35 5,178,557
HPQ HP Inc. 15.12 0.06 0.40 8,377,096
GRPN Groupon Inc. 3.79 0.04 1.07 17,824,721
EXK Endeavour Silver Corporation (Canada) 3.92 0.20 5.38 2,332,003
NEM Newmont Mining Corporation 33.58 1.31 4.06 8,708,746
MKTAY Makita Corp. ADR (New) 67.60 -0.88 -1.29 6,606

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