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U.S. stock futures fall as Apple, Amazon decline on disappointing earnings

U.S. stock futures fall as Apple, Amazon decline on disappointing earnings

29 Oct 2021

Stock futures slipped in early morning trading Friday as shares of major technology companies suffered following disappointing earnings reports.

Futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 0.8%. S&P 500 futures shed 0.5% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 56 points lower.

Amazon shares dropped 4% in premarket trading after the e-commerce giant badly missed earnings and revenue expectations for the third quarter. The company also issued disappointing guidance for the critical holiday period.

Apple stock fell more than 3% in premarket trading after the tech giant’s quarterly revenue fell short of expectations amid larger-than-expected supply constraints on iPhones, iPads and Macs. It was the first time Apple’s revenues have missed Wall Street estimates since May 2017.

Investors were betting on good tech results in the prior session. The S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite both closed Thursday’s session at record highs. Both Apple and Amazon gained on Thursday into the results.

Despite the recent disappointing results from Big Tech, the stock market has been raking in records amid solid earnings. About half of the S&P 500 have reported quarterly results and more than 80% of them beat earnings estimates from Wall Street analysts. S&P 500 companies are expected to grow profit by 38.6% year over year.

All three major averages are on track to post a winning week, their fourth positive week in a row. Month to date, the S&P 500 is up 6.7%, on pace for its best monthly performance since November 2020. The blue-chip Dow has gained 5.6% in October, while the Nasdaq has rallied 6.9%.

Investors largely shrugged off Thursday’s GDP report. The U.S. economy grew at a 2% annualized pace in the third quarter, its slowest increase since the end of the 2020 recession and missing expectations of 2.8% growth, the report showed.

“GDP told us what we already knew, the economy slowed down considerably in the third quarter,” said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial. “The good news is we see the next few quarters more than making up for the slowdown, as COVID trends continue to improve.”