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Technology led the market down Thursday, where all three major indices saw big losses and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) set a market cap loss record.
What Happened: Apple set a global record by losing $180 billion in market cap.
The prior U.S. record was Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), which lost $120 billion in one day back in July 2018 due to weak earnings and the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal. The global record was set by Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY), which lost $143 billion back in October 2008.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2.79% to 28,289.63. The S&P 500 closed down 3.46% to $3,456.79. The Nasdaq Composite closed down 4.96% to $11,458.10.
Why It Matters: The Nasdaq index has only lost 2.5% or more the day after hitting a record high, as it did in Wednesday’s trading session, nine times.
The “Fab 5” mega-cap stocks, which include Apple, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG), Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Facebook, lost over $500 billion in combined market cap Thursday.
This was the biggest percentage drop for Apple shares since their 12.9% loss back on March 16.
“The stock market has run a long way in a short amount of time, particularly in the technology sector. This market has been due for a pullback. Actually, overdue,” Bankrate Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride said in an email.
Price Action: Apple shares fell 8% to $120.88, while Microsoft shares fell 6% to $217.30. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) saw shares trade down for the third consecutive day, closing down 9% to $407.00.
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