Wall Street Mixed in Early Trade 07/14 09:34
Stocks are mostly falling in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday as CEOs of
the country's biggest banks paint a mixed picture of how badly the coronavirus
pandemic is ripping through their businesses.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are mostly falling in early trading on Wall Street
Tuesday as CEOs of the country's biggest banks paint a mixed picture of how
badly the coronavirus pandemic is ripping through their businesses.
The S&P 500 was 0.5% lower after the first 40 minutes of trading, reversing
an earlier gain of 0.2%. It follows up on Monday's turbulent day where stocks
veered from a healthy gain to a loss after California brought back restrictions
on its economy amid a jump in coronavirus counts. Stocks overseas mostly fell,
while Treasury yields dipped in another sign of pessimism about the economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 68 points, or 0.3% at 26,154, as of
10:10 a.m. Eastern time, after earlier being down 90 points. The Nasdaq
composite was 1.5% lower.
Financial stocks in the S&P 500 were down 0.1% after three of the industry's
biggest players said they had to set aside nearly $27 billion to cover loans
potentially going bad due to the recession.
But investors took very different approaches to each of them. JPMorgan
Chase, the nation's biggest bank, rose 0.8% as it reported making a record
amount of revenue from April through June. Its profit for the latest quarter
also managed to beat analysts' expectations, even though it roughly halved from
Wells Fargo, though, dropped 6.7% after it cut its dividend and CEO Charlie
Scharf said, "Our view of the length and severity of the economic downturn has
Citigroup fell 1.6% after its CEO said its overall business performance was
strong last quarter, though net income dropped 73% from a year ago largely due
to the $7.9 billion it had to set aside for loans potentially going bad.
Delta Air Lines lost 2% after its earnings and revenue for the latest
quarter fell short of Wall Street's already very low expectations. The pandemic
is keeping fliers on the ground, and Delta's passenger count plunged 93% during
the quarter from a year earlier. CEO Ed Bastian said it could be two years
before the airline sees a sustainable recovery.
Stocks have mostly churned in place since early June. The S&P 500 erased
most of a nearly 34% plunge to pull back within 4.5% of the record high it set
Pulling stocks higher has been a budding economic recovery, with the job
market, retail sales and other measures of the economy halting their
breathtaking plunge and beginning to resume growth. Underlying it all is
massive aid for the economy from central banks and governments around the world.
But pushing stocks down is the threat of rising coronavirus counts in hot
spots around the world. California demonstrated on Monday how dangerous that
can be when the governor of the country's largest state economy by far once
again ordered bars, indoor dining and other businesses closed.
The worry is that the continuing pandemic could push states across the Sun
Belt to roll back reopenings of their economies.
In Europe, France's CAC 40 fell1.7%, and Germany's DAX lost 1.5%. The FTSE
100 in London slipped 0.5%.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.9%, South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.1% and
Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.1%.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 0.60% from 0.62% late Monday. It
tends to move with investors' expectations of the economy and inflation.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil lost 0.8% to $39.77 per barrel. Brent crude, the
international standard, slipped 0.2% to $42.64 per