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Stock Market News for May 11, 2021

Benchmarks closed in the red on Monday as inflation jitters moved investors away from stocks sensitive to economic reopening.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) fell 34.94 points, or 0.1%, to close at 34,742.82 and the S&P 500 slipped 44.17 points, or 1%, to close at 4,188.43. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 13,401.86, shedding 350.38 points, or 2.6%. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) increased 17.8%, to close at 19.66. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones for 1.88-to-1 ratio on the NYSE, while a 3.24-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq favored decliners.

How Did the Benchmarks Perform?

The Dow ended in the red for the first time in six sessions after topping the 35,000 milestone, hitting an intraday peak at 35,091.56. The decline in technology and other growth stocks also pushed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq into the negative territory. Of the 11 major sectors of the broader index, six closed in the red, with technology shedding 2.5%, followed by a more than 1.9% decline in the consumer discretionary and communication services sectors, on Monday.

Among the Dow’s highest decliners were, Intel Corporation INTC and Visa Inc. V that closed more than 2.7% lower for the session. Visa carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

The Nasdaq’s 2.6% drop was mostly due to investors dumping heavy-weight technology stocks. Shares of Facebook, Inc. FB, Microsoft Corporation MSFT and Netflix, Inc. NFLX closed 4.1%, 2.1%, and 3.4% lower, respectively, while Apple Inc. AAPL and Alphabet Inc. GOOGL shed 2.6% on Monday. The tech-laden indexes highest losers were Pinduoduo Inc. PDD and Align Technology, Inc. ALGN that closed 9.1% and 7.3% lower, respectively. Electric car maker Tesla, Inc. TSLA also fell 6.4%.

On Monday, the S&P 500 posted 223 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq Composite recorded 208 new highs and 148 new lows. A total of 10.97 billion shares were traded yesterday, higher than the last 20-session average of 10.20 billion.

Inflation Jitters Push Benchmarks to the Red

Major indexes took a hit on Monday as inflation fears spooked investors away from growth stocks, which stand to benefit the most from the great reopening. The resurgence in demand is clashing with the supply of basic materials, which is strained and created inflation worries. Last week investors overlooked weaker-than-expected April jobs reportand opted for growth and technology stocks as the poor reports eased concerns about the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy change.

Inflation worries and sharp sell-off in technology stocks pushed investors toward safe-havens like utilities and consumer staples that emerged as the biggest gainers. The sell-off also weighed on investor sentiment and there was a significant drop in energy, financials and industrials sectors.

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