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Dow Rides Tech Rally Ahead of Earnings Bonanza; Netflix Jumps

Stock MarketsOct 29, 2020 03:21PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The Dow climbed higher Thursday, led by gains in technology ahead of earnings from big tech, while positive economic data helped eased worries about the pace of recovery amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.84%, or 225 points. The S&P 500 was up 1.63%, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 2.14%.

FAANG, led tech higher as bargain-hunting investors appeared to swoop in for big tech stocks following a rout a day earlier.  

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), all of which report earnings after the bell, traded in the green.  Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) cut losses to rally sharply after the streaming giant announced that it would raise the price for its standard and premium plan for its U.S. subscribers. 

Facebook was up more than 5% as investors bet the social media giant is set to report a solid quarter of earnings following impressive quarterly results from its social media peers including Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Pinterest.

"Despite a brief advertiser boycott over the summer, Facebook "should deliver another quarter of solid top-line growth as Covid-fueled advertising heads ease," Canaccord Genuity said.

Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) surged 26% after reporting third-quarter results that markedly beat analysts' estimates thanks to a jump in user growth.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F), meanwhile,  also reported blowout quarterly results led by stronger performance in North America amid demand for its trucks and sports utility vehicles, sending it shares up 3%.

Sentiment on stocks was also supported by a bigger-than-expected gain in economic growth in the third quarter and signs the labor market remains somewhat resilient.

Gross domestic product increased at a 33.1% annual rate in the June-September period, the Commerce Department said in its first estimate on Thursday, beating economists' forecast for 31%.

"Consumption was the biggest driver of that bounce, up 40.7%. Within that, durable goods were up a whopping 82.2%, but services and nondurables posted solid gains as well," Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) said in a note.

Initial jobless claims for the week ended Oct. 23 fell to 751,000  from 791,000 the prior week, lower than expectations of 775,000.

The upbeat economic backdrop comes amid renewed concerns that the rising infections could trigger more lockdowns, with France and Germany set to impose new restrictions to curb the outbreak.

Energy pared some of its losses from Wednesday, and rose more than 1% after shrugging off weaker oil prices ahead of quarterly earnings from oil majors in the sector including Exxon Mobil .

Ahead of its third-quarter results due Friday, Exxon Mobil  (NYSE:XOM) rose nearly 4% after announcing that it would slash as many as 14,000 jobs worldwide including 1,900 jobs in the U.S. to rein in costs, and also kept its dividend steady for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Dow Rides Tech Rally Ahead of Earnings Bonanza; Netflix Jumps
 

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TL Chan
TL Chan Oct 30, 2020 1:04AM ET
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If Biden win, sliding is America!
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Trump Landslide Forthcoming
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with things going so well who needs stimulus?
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everyone wants to make money from the bubble market, FOMO mind.
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isn't FAANG without Netflix just FAAG?
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I just took a dump, that should be good for 100 points up
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just list it on the Nasdaq, and the sheep will buy it
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when moderna is having its 5 consecutive report of more than - 0.5 EPS .beats negatively estimates .has a 5% chance of arriving to a ONLY VIABLE vaccine rises 9%....
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you're right Americans ARE pretty stewpid
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I lost $2.3k shorting Moderna when all the insider selling news came out. People will buy any garbage apparently.
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House of cards is getting rebuilt... for now.
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EPS improving?
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Apple’s earnings have steadily dropped since Q1 and they’re up 86% on the year. *shrugs*
 
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