LIVE UPDATES: AMC, GAMESTOP IN PLAY
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||29982.62||-620.74||-2.03%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||13070.69452||-266.46||-2.00%|
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 620 points or 2%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were weaker by roughly the same amount.
CITADEL SHOOTS DOWN ROBINHOOD LINK
The selling comes after the major averages on Thursday recouped a portion of their losses that followed the biggest single-day decline since October. Equity markets have traded skittishly in recent weeks amid mounting concern of a stock bubble and a rise in short selling.
|AMC||AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC||13.26||+4.63||+53.65%|
|BBBY||BED BATH & BEYOND INC.||35.33||+1.69||+5.02%|
Looking at stocks, GameStop Corp. shares more than doubled early Friday after the trading app Robinhood eased some restrictions on trading one day after it prevented customers from entering “buy” orders. Other stocks that were also subject to the measures, included AMC Entertainment Holdings, BlackBerry Ltd. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. which also saw big moves to the upside.
Robinhood ramped up limits on additional stocks late Friday including Starbucks and Moderna.
Elsewhere, Johnson & Johnson said a large trial found its COVID-19 vaccine was 72% effective in the U.S. and 66% effective overall.
|JNJ||JOHNSON & JOHNSON||163.13||-6.03||-3.56%|
In earnings, a trio of Dow members released their quarterly results on Friday morning.
Chevron Corp. reported its first annual loss in four years as the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel, resulting in a sharp drop in demand for oil and gas.
Caterpillar Inc. reported quarterly earnings that fell 29% from a year ago, but outpaced estimates, as demand for its equipment was hurt by the lingering economic slowdown caused by the pandemic.
|HON||HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.||195.37||-7.47||-3.68%|
|LLY||ELI LILLY & COMPANY||207.97||-2.15||-1.02%|
Honeywell International Inc. posted quarterly profit and sales that topped expectations as all business segments were stronger than anticipated. The technology and manufacturing company issued an inline forecast for fiscal year 2021.
Meanwhile, Eli Lily & Co. said quarterly profit rose 42% year over year, bolstered by demand for its cancer and diabetes drugs. The company said sales of its COVID-19 therapy also provided a lift.
In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil climbed 14 cents to $52.20 per barrel and gold jumped $9.40 to $1,847.30 an ounce.
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