Day Traders Diary


Another volatile Wednesday with the averages closing mixed, a day after the Nasdaq Composite posted its worst daily loss since 2020, attempting to rebound from a tech-led sell-off in April. The Nasdaq Composite closed down a point after being up 1.7% at its highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 61 points, or 0.2%, to 33,302. The S&P 500 advanced 8 points or 0.21% to 4,183.

The major averages struggled for direction Wednesday, swinging between gains and losses.

Microsoft boosted the major averages after strong earnings results. Shares jumped more than 5% after a better-than-expected quarterly report and optimistic forward revenue guidance.

Visa also rose more than 6%, the top gainer on the Dow, after the company's quarterly results topped analyst estimates on the top and bottom limes. Solar company Enphase Energy surged 5% and was one of the biggest winners on the S&P 500 after an earnings beat.

Big Tech names remained in focus with Facebook parent Meta set to report earnings Wednesday after the bell, and Apple and Amazon reporting earnings Thursday. Meta on Wednesday fell more than 4%, and Apple and Amazon were both lower.

Investors are watching to see if tech companies' results prove the intense selling in April has been misplaced.

On the downside, Google parent Alphabet fell about 4% after the tech giant's earnings results missed consensus estimates. Management warned on the conference call of another potentially weak quarter ahead.

Boeing also saw shares drop more than 9% after an earnings miss, the biggest laggard on the S&P 500 and the Dow.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is in bear market territory, sitting now roughly 23% below its high. The S&P 500 is more than 13% off its record and closed Tuesday below a key support level of 4200.

In April, the S&P 500 is down around 7%. The Nasdaq has lost more than 11%. The Dow has declined around 3%.

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