• Wed. Oct 21st, 2020

Stock Market Rally: Dow Jumps Over 400 Points As Tech Shares Rebound – Forbes

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The market rebounded higher on Wednesday as tech stocks recovered some of the losses that pushed the Nasdaq into correction territory a day earlier.

Key Facts

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.6%, over 400 points, on Wednesday, while the S&P 500 rose 2.0% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 2.7%.

Tech stocks rebounded, a day after the Nasdaq fell into correction territory, with shares of Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google-parent Alphabet all moving higher.

Tesla’s stock, which had its worst day ever on Tuesday—falling 21% after being snubbed from the S&P 500 index, rose over 9% on Wednesday.

Shares of Apple, which fell 14% in the previous three sessions, also rebounded somewhat, gaining over 4%.

Investors also shrugged off a setback with AstraZeneca and Oxford’s late-stage coronavirus vaccine, which has now been put on hold due to a patient in the U.K. coming down with a mysterious illness.

Despite both companies reporting better-than-expected corporate earnings, shares of athletic retailer Lululemon and workplace messaging platform Slack fell more than 7% and 13%, respectively.

Crucial Quote

“Much like there was no real reason for the drop the past three days, there was no main driver for today’s huge rally, other than stocks were quite oversold,” says Burt White, chief investment officer for LPL Financial. “As the election nears, we could see this continued volatility continue.”

What To Watch For

“As long as the buy-the-dips mentality remains foremost in investors’ minds – and it will unless they are severely punished for it – then the bull market is likely to continue,” predicts Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer for Independent Advisor Alliance.

Key Background

The tech sell-off which started last week continued on Tuesday, dragging the market lower as investors once again rotated out of hot Nasdaq stocks. Following the sharp losses, the Nasdaq officially entered correction territory, falling 10% in just three days of trading. Investors first began rotating out of tech stocks last Thursday, causing stocks to retreat from record highs as the market posted its worst day since June, with the Dow falling more than 800 points, the S&P 500 losing more than 3% and the Nasdaq more than 5%. Before the sell-off that started last week, stocks had made a strong start to September, despite it being a historically bad month for markets.

Further Reading

Stock Market Sell-Off: Dow Falls Over 600 Points As Tech Shares Plunge Again (Forbes)

Stock Market Sell-Off: Dow Falls 150 Points Despite Late Rally (Forbes)

Stock Market Sell-Off: Dow Plunges 800 Points, S&P 500 Falls 3.5% (Forbes)

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