The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as the latest Federal Reserve meeting kicked off. Apple (AAPL) was flexing muscles even as most blue chips lost ground. Coinbase (COIN) and Riot Blockchain (RIOT) tumbled as Bitcoin undercut $19,000. Ford (F) nose-dived after saying that supply costs are surging.
Volume was mixed, falling on the Nasdaq but edging up on New York Stock Exchange versus the same time on Monday.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose seven basis points to 3.56%. West Texas intermediate crude oil slipped nearly 2% and is trading just over $84 per barrel.
Fed Meeting Begins Amid These Fears
The latest Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting kicked off Tuesday. The pressure is on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to deliver a tone that satisfies investors and other stakeholders alike.
While most economists are expecting a 75-basis-point interest-rate hike, there are fears it could be even more severe.
“The possibility of a full-percentage point rate hike cannot be entirely dismissed,” MSCI Head of Portfolio Management Research Andy Sparks said in a note to clients. “Such a move would be dramatic, however, and could trigger significant sell-offs in bonds and equities.”
He believes the FOMC will instead opt to “continue its methodical program to raise rates in a manner consistent with previous guidance.”
Nasdaq Slides As Sell-Off Intensifies
The Nasdaq composite was holding up better than other major averages, but still tumbled 1.5%. Align Technology (ALGN) was one of the worst performers, falling around 5%.
The S&P 500 lagged with a 1.6% decline. Iron Mountain (IRM) was an especially weak performer as it skidded nearly 10%.
The S&P 500 sectors were all negative, with real estate and materials the worst performers. Consumer staples and technology gave up the least ground.
Bears also battered the small caps, with the Russell 2000 nearly 2% lower.
The Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY), a bellwether for growth stocks, got spanked as well, sliding 2%.
Dow Jones Today: Apple Stock Flexes
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost ground on its 50-day moving average, dropping 1.7%.
Apple stock was shining brightest as it turned in a gain of nearly 1%. The relative strength line hit fresh heights, a bullish indicator.
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, who rates the stock as “Outperform” with a $220 target, gave an update on iPhone 14 sales in a Tuesday research note.
“With iPhone 14 officially hitting the shelves in Apple stores this past Friday, we are seeing ‘brisk sales’ of iPhone Pro 14 units worldwide out of the gates,” he said. “Wait times on many iPhone Pro 14 models are now four to six weeks for Apple customers and lengthening into November.”
He also said the mix of purchases for the more expensive iPhone Pro model is 85%-90% versus an iPhone 13 Pro mix in the 60%-65% range at this same stage.
Nike (NKE) also got battered, putting in the worst Dow Jones performance, falling nearly 5%. It got punished after Barclays downgraded NKE stock to “Equal Weight” from “Overweight.”
Bitcoin Cedes Level; Coinbase Stock, RIOT Dip
Coinbase stock was suffering as Bitcoin fell once again. It was near lows for the day after dumping nearly 4%. However, COIN stock volume also fell, showing a lack of conviction.
The stock, which slashed its full-year forecast last month, is now trading below all its major moving averages. COIN shares are down more than 73% since the beginning of the year.
Bitcoin is continuing to fall amid a tough environment for risky assets. It has now retreated below the $19,000 mark after sliding almost 1% in the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk.
Ford Stock Smashed As Costs Surge
Ford stock was crashing after the firm issued a warning on Q3 costs.
The car giant said costs were $1 billion higher than expected due to inflation and supply chain issues.
Ford said shortages have affected 40,000 to 45,000 vehicles. These are mainly high-margin trucks and SUVs. It now expects to deliver the vehicles to dealers in Q4.
Nevertheless, management did affirm full-year guidance, forecasting adjusted earnings between $11.5 billion and $12.5 billion.
Ford stock was the worst performer on the S&P 500 as it gave up more than 12%. It gapped down through its 50-day line in massive volume, which is a sell signal.
Despite the poor news, Morgan Stanley retained its “Equal Weight” rating on the stock, insisting “We would be buyers on weakness below our $14 target which we are leaving unchanged.”
Outside Dow Jones: These 3 Stocks Show Strength
With the stock market in the grip of a correction, investors should be looking for those few equities showing strength near buy points.
The relative strength line for NBIX just hit a new high. It’s spiked since the Aug. 4 earnings report.
Ingrezza, Neurocrine’s biggest moneymaker, has been helping revenue exceed expectations. Its stock is a member of the prestigious IBD Leaderboard list of top stocks.
Eastern Bankshares also saw its RS line reach new heights, despite weak action on Tuesday. It is near a cup-with-handle buy point of 21.55.
The stock is in the top 7% of equities, tracked in terms of earnings performance, while this year’s modest 1% gain is better than most of the competition.
WillScot Mobile Mini was also climbing, carving out a flat base with a 43.81 buy point on its weekly chart.
Its IBD Composite Rating of 98 puts it in the top 2% of stocks in terms of overall performance.
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