Business Crypto

Nasdaq falls nearly 2% as US stocks battered by Omicron volatility

The disappointing November jobs report added to the uncertainty as investors try to chart the path of Fed policy. ...
Traders work during the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

US stocks tumbled Friday, dragged by mega-cap technology shares that were battered by the volatility brought about by the new coronavirus strain this week. 

The disappointing November jobs report added an additional layer of uncertainty as investors try to chart the path of Federal Reserve policy going into 2022. 

The tech-heavy Nasdaq ended lower by nearly 2% and slid to a weekly loss. Cathie Wood's flagship ARK Innovation ETF — which holds names like TeslaCoinbase, and Zoom — was hammered by the sell-off.

Here's where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Friday: 

US nonfarm payrolls grew by 210,000 last month — way below the median forecast of 550,000 jobs from economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

The reading showed hiring slowed dramatically from October's revised gain of 546,000. November was expected to extend the fall's healthy job growth after the Delta coronavirus variant hammered hiring through the summer.

Yet new headwinds stood in the way of blockbuster gains — among them, the new Omicron coronavirus variant and the ongoing supply-chain crisis. 

"While there's seemingly a huge miss on the payrolls front, there are significant bright spots—the unemployment rate is flirting with pre-pandemic levels and the participation rate ticked up," Mike Loewengart, managing director of investment strategy at E-Trade Financial, said in a statement. "There's likely not enough to go on for the Fed to change its course on tapering."

The unemployment rate tumbled to 4.2% from 4.6%, according to the report. Economists anticipated a reading of 4.5%. The number of unemployed Americans fell by 542,000 in November.

Equities whipsawed this week as investors try to assess the threat posed by Omicron. So far, almost a dozen cases have been detected in the US, and the next couple of weeks will remain volatile, according to Edward Moya, senior equity analyst at Oanda.

"The focus falls on the latest inflation report, the December 15th FOMC meeting, and further clarity on the impact with the Omicron variant," he said in a note.

The 10-year Treasury note yield slipped to 1.355% from Thursday's 1.447% rate. Bond yields move inversely to prices.

DocuSign fell nearly 40% after the company reported earnings the previous day that beat expectation but issued downbeat fourth-quarter guidance.

In digital assets, metaverse-related cryptocurrencies have surged an eye-popping 37,000% this year — far exceeding the gains of bitcoin, data from Macro Hive shows. The five coins it tracked are Axie Infinity, Decentraland, Sandbox, Enjin Coin, and GALA, which rallied 20% over the past seven days alone.

Adidas became the latest brand name to enter the metaverse through a partnership with prominent groups in the space including the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Crude prices were mixed. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 0.54% to $66.54 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international benchmark, rose 0.11% to $69.75 per barrel.

Gold rose as much as 0.94% to $1,785.79 per ounce.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this:
Available for Amazon Prime