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Stock market news live updates: Stocks rise as tech shares recover some losses

Stocks rose Wednesday as tech shares looked to make up some of their declines from earlier this week. The Nasdaq outperformed, adding 2% and steadying after the index dropped more than 1% in each of the previous two sessions.

[Click here to read what’s moving markets heading into Thursday, Nov. 12]

Traders this week have so far embraced many of the stocks hardest-hit by the pandemic, including the airline, cruise line, lodging, restaurant and brick-and-mortar companies some analysts have called the “epicenter stocks.” Hopes that drug-makers were closing in on getting approval for a vaccine – and by extension, helping to stoke consumer confidence in getting out and traveling – helped catalyze the rally.

The jump, however, had come at the expense of the growth and tech stocks that led the markets higher earlier on during the pandemic. The Nasdaq posted back-to-back sessions of declines greater than 1% through Tuesday’s close, while the Dow brought its cumulative advance for the week-to-date to nearly 4%. In the S&P 500, the energy, financials and industrial sectors outperformed at the top of the week, after lagging for the year to date.

“Overall I look at this as somewhat of a catch-up positioning from investors,” Michael Arone, State Street Global Advisors chief investment strategist, told Yahoo Finance. “Investors have gotten a lot more comfortable with the election outcome, with progress on COVID-19 solutions, and what again was a very solid earnings season. So I think they’re looking ahead to 2021 and anticipating, perhaps, much better-than-expected economic growth and earnings growth. And so they’re pivoting towards more cyclical, value companies and a bit away from the technology.”

“This recalibration, in my opinion, is healthy,” he added. “Remember we were all scratching our heads over how concentrated the market was, how it was just a handful of tech names. Now we’re seeing much greater breadth in this rally, and I think that’s healthy for the overall market.”

Other analysts shared this view, and a number of strategists this week upgraded their near-term expectations for the path forward in equity markets. Goldman Sachs equity strategists lifted their year-end S&P 500 price target to 3,700 from 3,600, and said they expected the S&P 500 to then climb to 4,300 by the end of 2021.

“The market is actually less dependent on the performance of a few mega-cap stocks than many investors perceive,” the strategists led by David Kostin wrote in a note published Wednesday.

And in a note published Monday, JPMorgan equity strategists said they anticipated the S&P 500 would surpass their own previous price target of 3,600 by year-end and touch 4,000 by early next year, with the potential to then rise further to 4,500 by the end of 2021.

“The equity market is facing one of the best backdrops for sustained gains in years,” the strategists wrote. “After a prolonged period of elevated risks (global trade war, COVID-19 pandemic, US election uncertainty, etc.), the outlook is significantly clearing up.”

1:03 p.m. ET: Nasdaq jumps 2%, rising for the first time in three sessions as tech stocks rebound

Here were the main moves in markets as of 1:03 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +27.14 (+0.77%) to 3,572.67

  • Dow (^DJI): -23.29 (-0.08%) to 29,397.63

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +232.58 (+2.01%) to 11,786.43

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.19 (+0.46%) to $41.55 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$13.70 (-0.73%) to $1,862.70 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -1.4 bps to yield 0.9580%

12:25 p.m. ET: Stocks climb as tech leads, Dow shakes off earlier losses

The three major indices were each higher in afternoon trading, and the Dow rose after briefly dipping into the red during the morning session.

The information technology, consumer discretionary and real estate sectors led gains in the S&P 500, and Salesforce, Apple and Microsoft led the advance in the Dow. Each of the FAANG names – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google’s parent company Alphabet – rose.

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 12:27 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +29.14 points (+0.82%) to 3,574.67

  • Dow (^DJI): +65.72 points (+0.22%) to 29,486.64

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +212.23 points (+1.84%) to 11,766.91

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.78 (+1.89%) to $42.14 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$16.50 (-0.88%) to $1,859.90 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.2 bps to yield 0.96%

9:46 a.m. ET: Lemonade beats 3Q expectations and raises guidance, but investors take some profits after stock run-up since IPO

Lemonade (LMND), the digital renters’ insurance company that just went public in July, raised its full-year sales guidance and posted third-quarter results that beat consensus expectations.

The company managed to keep losses in check despite a confluence of hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters in states home to its largest customer bases. Third-quarter net losses came in at 57 cents per share, narrowing from the $2.78 per share the company posted in the same quarter last year. Revenue grew 64% to $17.8 million, and its gross earned premium more than doubled to $42.9 million.

Lemonade said it expects full-year revenue to come in between $91 million and $93 million, up from its previous guidance range of between $86 million to $88 million. Despite the beats across most major metrics, Lemonade shares fell 5% after market open, as investors took some profits after the stock’s more than 120% jump since its IPO.

9:33 a.m. ET: Lyft shares jump after 3Q sales top estimates and company maintains outlook for profit next year

Lyft (LYFT) shares rose 4% shortly after market open, after the company late Tuesday reported second-quarter sales that were stronger than feared as rider demand began to pick back up.

Third-quarter revenue came in at $499.7 million, which while down 48% over last year, was still better than the $495.8 million expected. The sales decline also marked an improvement over last quarter, when revenue dropped 61% over last year. Active riders of 12.5 million were down 44% over last year, but up 44% over last quarter as customers began returning to the platform following the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in ride-sharing and the performance improvements we saw across bikes, scooters and fleet,” CEO Logan Green said in a statement. “We remain confident that demand will continue to return as we progress through the recovery.”

Third-quarter adjusted EBITDA losses were $239.7 million, or narrower than the loss of $251.1 million anticipated. And Lyft said it continues to target reaching profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis by the fourth quarter of 2021.

9:30 a.m. ET: Stocks open higher

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +20.17 points (+0.57%) to 3,565.7

  • Dow (^DJI): +130.42 points (+0.44%) to 29,551.34

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +94.55 points (+0.86%) to 11,646.61

  • Crude (CL=F): +$1.24 (+3.00%) to $42.60 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$16.80 (-0.9%) to $1,859.60 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.2 bps to yield 0.96%

7:21 a.m. ET: Stock futures climb as tech stocks recover losses

Here were the main moves in markets as of 7:21 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +25.5 points (+0.72%) to 3,566.50

  • Dow (^DJI): +189.00 points (+0.64%) to 29,508.00

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +103.5 points (+0.89%) to 11,721.75

  • Crude (CL=F): +$1.05 (+2.54%) to $42.41 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$0.40 (-0.02%) to $1,876.00 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.2 bps to yield 0.96%

7:00 a.m. ET Wednesday: Mortgage applications fell for the first time in three weeks as purchases slide further

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly market composite index tracking applications for home purchases and refinances fell by 0.5% during the week ending Nov. 6, following a 3.8% weekly jump during the prior period.

While refinances rose 1% week-over-week, purchases declined by 3% on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week. This marked the sixth drop in the purchases index in seven weeks, bringing it down to the lowest level since May. Still, on an unadjusted basis, purchase volume remained 16% higher than the comparable week last year.

“Mortgage application activity was mixed last week, despite the 30-year fixed rate decreasing to 2.98% – an all-time MBA survey low. The refinance index climbed to its highest level since August, led by a 1.5% increase in conventional refinances,” Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said in a statement.

“Homebuyer demand is still strong overall, and activity was up 16.5% from a year ago. However, inadequate housing supply is putting upward pressure on home prices and is impacting affordability – especially for first-time buyers and lower-income buyers,” he added. “The trend in larger average loan application sizes and growth in loan amounts points to the continued rise in home prices, as well as the strength in the upper end of the market.”

6:14 p.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures slightly higher

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 6:14 p.m. ET Tuesday evening:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,549.75, up 8.75 points or 0.25%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 28,388.00, up 69 points or 0.24%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,649.00, up 30.75 points or 0.26%

A trader exits the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Election Day in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A trader exits the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Election Day in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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