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Dow Falls to Second Weekly Loss as Energy Stocks Run out of Steam

Stock MarketsApr 30, 2021 04:08PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The Dow fell Friday and posted its second weekly loss amid weakness in energy stocks following mixed quarterly results from oil majors ExxonMobil and Chevron .

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.53%, or 181 points, and the S&P 500 was down 0.72%, but posted its best monthly gain since November. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.85%.

Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) reported first-quarter results that topped Wall Street estimates as improving oil prices in the quarter bolstered growth. But its shares slipped more than 2%.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX), meanwhile, swung to a first-quarter profit, but missed analysts expectations on both the top and bottom lines, sending its shares more than 3% lower.

Lower oil prices also weighed on energy as rising infections in India continue to muddy the outlook for crude demand.

Yet, despite the losses on the day, energy was the best performing sector for Q1.

"Higher oil prices and expectations for improving earnings for traditional brick and mortar stores led to greater returns within the energy and consumer discretionary sectors," Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) said in a note.

Tech slipped even as Amazon rounded off this week's wave of corporates earnings from the Fab 5 with better-than-expected results, but gave up its intraday gains to closer lower.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) reported blowout quarterly profit that topped expectations underpinned by record profit for the quarter.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), meanwhile, closed more than 1% lower after the European Commission accused it of antitrust actions against music rivals following a complaint from Spotify (NYSE:SPOT).

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) slid more than 15% after its weaker second-quarter revenue guidance and slower growth offset in Q1 offset better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue.

Financials also weighed on the broader market as banks slipped on falling Treasury yields despite a raft of better-than-expected data showing an improvement in consumer spending and inflation.

This morning, consumer spending rose 4.2% in March, a tenth of a percentage point more than expected, according to Bloomberg, and the largest monthly increase since June.

"This puts consumption - and likely GDP - on track for double digit growth in Q2," Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) said.

The price consumption index, the fed's preferred measure of inflation, rose 0.5% in March, and 2.3% on an annualized basis, the most since August 2018. 

The latest data pointing to an increasing pace of inflation comes just days after the Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged and continued to suggest that rising price pressures would prove transitory.

In other news, Reddit-favorite Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS) slumped 15% after missing expectations on both the top and bottom lines.

Dow Falls to Second Weekly Loss as Energy Stocks Run out of Steam
 

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