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S&P 500 falls as Meta slump triggers tech wobble

Published Oct 26, 2023 02:34PM ET Updated Oct 26, 2023 03:59PM ET
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Investing.com -- The S&P 500 fell Thursday, pressured by a Meta-led slump in tech as concerns about slowing advertising growth offset better-than-expected quarterly results.

The S&P 500 fell 0.7%, the Nasdaq fell 1.7%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.7% or 242 points.

Meta leads tech lower after downbeat outlook on advertising demand

Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:META) fell more than 3% after it flagged weaker advertising demand seen in the fourth quarter so far. Concerns about slowing growth overshadowed Q3 results that beat analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines amid cost-cutting measures that boosted margin.

The social media giant attributed some of the weakness to the Israel-Hamas conflict that has impacted ad-spending in the Middle East.

“[W]e have observed softer ad spend in the beginning of the fourth quarter, correlating with the start of the conflict, which is captured in our Q4 revenue outlook,” the company said in its Q3 earnings call following the quarterly results on Wednesday.

Other stocks including Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Pinterest Inc (NYSE:PINS) that also rely on advertising revenue were sharply lower.

UPS falls to 52-week low as guidance disappoints; Hasbro hammered on earnings miss

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) fell more than 5% after the shipping company trimmed its guidance following mixed third-quarter results as revenue fell short of estimates.

The company said now expects full-year 2023 consolidated revenue of $91.3B to $92.3B, down from a prior estimate of $93B, as unfavorable macro-economic conditions weigh on demand.

Hasbro Inc (NASDAQ:HAS), meanwhile, reported third-quarter results that missed analyst expectations and the toy maker lowered its annual revenue guidance ahead of the key holiday quarter, sending its shares more than 11% lower.

“The outlook incorporates the impact of the broader Toy category declines, which is impacting the Consumer Product Segment,” Hasbro said.

Treasury yields slip as signs of easing inflation offsets strong Q3 economic growth

Treasury yields fell as signs that inflation eased more than expected in the third quarter overshadowed stronger-than-expected preliminary data showing the U.S. economy grew at its fastest quarterly pace since 2021.

U.S. Treasury yields fell after the data because “markets placed greater emphasis upon a small miss by core PCE inflation and ignored a beat by Q3 GDP alongside impressive details,” Scotiabank Economics said in a note.

The slew data come ahead of the core price consumer expenditure index data due Friday that is expected show inflation in the 12 months through September slowed to a 3.7% pace from 3.9% the prior month. 

“We expect the Fed to recognize recent strength in economic activity but, with tightening financial conditions, to soften guidance about the need for additional tightening. Chair Powell's recent speech set the tone,” Morgan Stanley, forecasting the Fed to remain on an “extended hold” on rates through 2024.

Southwest, Spirit Airlines slip as pent-up travel demand wanes

Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) posted mixed third-quarter results as revenue missed Wall Street estimates and the airline said it planned to decrease future capacity as pent-up travel demand wanes.

Spirit Airlines Inc (NYSE:SAVE) were also lower, with the latter coming under pressure after flagging a “disappointing outcome” in Q3 amid softer travel demand.

S&P 500 falls as Meta slump triggers tech wobble
 

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Petter Kvamme Jensen
PKJENSEN Oct 26, 2023 3:52PM ET
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we are all sheeps..
Dominic Mazoch
Dominic Mazoch Oct 26, 2023 3:23PM ET
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Maybe if Meta would quit having so many infantile ads at nag points, people might just watch them.
Mitchel Pioneer
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Yet another miraculous, "late trade" recover of a major loss in the US Ponzi Scheme. Remarkable how "rallies" don't suffer a inverse fate.  More flagrant, in-your-face FRAUD in the BIGGEST INVESTMENT JOKE IN THE WORLD.  Can't wait for Friday's round of criminal manipulation.  Can have the S&P close under 4200.
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John Doh Oct 26, 2023 3:08PM ET
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probably flushing twice today
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yep toilet of late buyers was flushed twice today
 
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