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Wall Street Dips Slightly at Opening on Consolidation Pre-Earnings; Dow Down 25 Pt

Stock MarketsApr 12, 2021 09:43AM ET
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Investing.com -- U.S. stock markets edged lower in early trade on Monday, pulling back from record-high weekly closes on Friday as the market braces for the onslaught of first-quarter earnings. 

The market shrugged off comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell broadcast at the weekend, in which he saw the U.S. economy at an 'inflection point' ahead of a sharp pickup in economic activity and - more importantly from the Fed's perspective - hiring. 

By 9:40 AM ET (1340 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 27 points, or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 was down in parallel and the Nasdaq Composite was underperforming slightly with a drop of 0.3%.

Prominent among early movers was Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) stock, which rose 18% after an announcement that it has agreed to be bought by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) for $19.7 billion, including debt. The acquisition of the voice recognition software specialist will be Microsoft's biggest in five years. Microsoft stock was up 0.1%.

Alibaba ADRs (NYSE:BABA)  rose 7.8% after it told investors that it doesn’t expect any further material impacts from Chinese antitrust regulators, in the wake of the $2.8 billion fine levied on the company at the weekend.

The fine was the result of an investigation into the abuse of its dominant market position, and had been seen as a broader proxy for relations between the Communist Party and Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

Under Chinese law, the fine could have been over twice as large. The actual outturn was at the bottom end of analysts' expectations.

Uber (NYSE:UBER) stock rose 2.7% after saying that gross bookings for its ride-hailing services in March were at their highest since the pandemic began, while also indicating continued strength in its delivery business. Neither business is profitable yet.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock meanwhile rose 2.4% on the back of an upbeat report by Canaccord Genuity that talked up the prospects of the company’s energy storage capabilities in the context of a grid that is coming to depend on more variable and unpredictable sources of power.

Elsewhere, Aphria (TSX:APHA) stock fell 11% to its lowest since early February after announcing a net loss of C$361 million for its fiscal third quarter. It blamed the development on a bunch of one-off costs, including its agreement to merge with Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), and an accounting charge that reflected the higher costs of stock-based compensation. 

 

Wall Street Dips Slightly at Opening on Consolidation Pre-Earnings; Dow Down 25 Pt
 

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Ronald Warren Apr 12, 2021 10:45AM ET
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Sucker traders into puts before announcing earnings that have to be better YOY. How could they be worse?
 
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