Nasdaq Ends 2.1% Lower, Finishing Streak Of Records


Nasdaq ends 2.1% lower, finishing streak of records

New York, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jul, 2020 ) :The Nasdaq tumbled Monday, ending a three-session streak of records on a weak day for US stocks amid fresh restrictions in California to address the coronavirus.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 2.1 percent to 10,390.84.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average mustered a narrow gain of less than 0.1 percent at 26,085.80, while the broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.9 percent to 3,155.22.

Stocks had opened solidly higher following an announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech announcing that two of four vaccine candidates for the coronavirus received "Fast Track" designation from the US food and Drug Administration.

But equities turned sharply lower in the final two hours of trading.

California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all indoor restaurants, bars and movie theaters to close again as coronavirus cases soar across the state, the latest retreat in reopening the nation's most-populous state.

The move comes on the heels of other restrictions imposed in Texas, Arizona and other major states that are also contending with big jumps in COVID-19 cases. analyst Patrick O'Hare attributed the decline to the massive increase in the US deficit in the wake of emergency spending to blunt the impact of the pandemic, which came in at $864 billion in June compared with $8 billion in the year-ago period.

That figure was "sobering" and weighed on the market that many had viewed as overbought, O'Hare said.

"It was a market that was ripe for a pullback," said O'Hare, who added that investors are also cautious ahead of earnings releases from JPMorgan Chase and other large banks in the coming days.