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Wall Street closes lower as ad tech, social media stocks drop

U.S. stocks ended lower on Friday as disappointing earnings from Snap spooked investors and shares in social media and ad tech firms dropped, offsetting gains from card issuer American Express following an upbeat forecast.


Still, all three major indexes posted weekly gains despite Friday’s losses with the tech heavy Nasdaq closing out the week 3.3% higher. The S&P 500 advanced 2.4%, and the Dow gained 2%.


Snapchat owner posted its weakest-ever quarterly sales growth as a public company, sending Snap Inc’s SNAP.N shares down nearly 40%, while Twitter Inc TWTR.N reversed earlier losses to add 0.8% following a surprise fall in revenue.


Other online companies that depend heavily on ads, such as tech giants Meta Platforms Inc META.O and Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O tumbled 7.6% and 5.6%, respectively, weighing on the Nasdaq .IXIC.


Meta and Alphabet are set to post their earnings next week, along with mega-cap peers, including Apple Inc AAPL.O, Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O.


The S&P 500 communication services .SPLRCL and information technology .SPLRCT tumbled 4.3% and 1.4%, respectively, leading declines among the index’s 11 sectors.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 137.61 points, or 0.43%, to 31,899.29, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 37.32 points, or 0.93%, to 3,961.63 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 225.50 points, or 1.87%, to 11,834.11.


“Earnings are coming in less bad than feared, but they’re deteriorating from what we got used to and accustomed to over the last several quarters,” said Bob Doll, CIO at Crossmark Global Investments.


With 106 of the S&P 500 companies having reported earnings through Friday morning, 75.5% have topped analyst expectations, below the 81% beat rate over the past four quarters, according to Refinitiv data.L1N2Z31SC


All eyes are on the Federal Reserve’s meeting and second-quarter U.S. gross domestic product data next week. While the U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points to curb runaway inflation, the GDP data is likely to be negative again.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 137.61 points, or 0.43%, to 31,899.29, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 37.32 points, or 0.93%, to 3,961.63 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 225.50 points, or 1.87%, to 11,834.11.


“Earnings are coming in less bad than feared, but they’re deteriorating from what we got used to and accustomed to over the last several quarters,” said Bob Doll, CIO at Crossmark Global Investments.


With 106 of the S&P 500 companies having reported earnings through Friday morning, 75.5% have topped analyst expectations, below the 81% beat rate over the past four quarters, according to Refinitiv data.L1N2Z31SC


All eyes are on the Federal Reserve’s meeting and second-quarter U.S. gross domestic product data next week. While the U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points to curb runaway inflation, the GDP data is likely to be negative again.

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