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Stock Futures Point to Negative Start as Fed’s Rate Hikes Weigh on Wall Street, Apple Stock Tumbles

Stock futures indicated a negative start for Wall Street on Friday as concerns over potential interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve weighed on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dipped 0.2%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures saw slight gains of 0.2% and 0.3% respectively.

DocuSign Shares Rise Following Strong Q2 Results, RH Stock Drops on Weak Q3 Outlook

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In premarket trading, shares of leading e-signature company DocuSign rose 3% following better-than-expected second-quarter results and positive third-quarter guidance. The company’s robust performance has garnered investor confidence amidst the uncertain market conditions.

On the other hand, home furnishings company RH saw its stock drop 8% after reporting a weak third-quarter revenue outlook. The disappointing forecast has raised concerns among investors about the company’s ability to meet market expectations.

Apple Stock Tumbles as China Concerns Mount

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Apple Stock 5-Day Chart

Apple stock has experienced a significant decline in market capitalization over the past two days, losing $191 billion. This decline is attributed to fears of China’s crackdown on the company. The prospect of China souring on Apple has caused concern among investors, leading to a 3.6% slide in Apple shares.

Beijing’s restrictions on iPhone use by government staff have raised concerns among U.S. lawmakers and fueled fears within the technology sector.

Reports suggesting a ban on iPhone use by Chinese government employees have further contributed to the decline in Apple shares, with a 3% fall on Thursday following a 4% decline on Wednesday. This ongoing decline in Apple stock reflects worries about the reported ban on government iPhones in China. Sources: Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, NBC News, MarketWatch, Business Insider, Nikkei Asia.

Weekly Performance: Dow and S&P 500 Decline, Nasdaq Experiences Drop

For the week, the Dow and S&P 500 were down nearly 1% and 1.4% respectively, while the Nasdaq experienced a 2% decline. The overall downward trend reflects the cautious sentiment prevailing in the market amid uncertainties surrounding the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions.

Investor Concerns Reinforced by Lower-Than-Expected Jobless Claims

Investor concerns about further interest rate hikes were reinforced by lower-than-expected initial jobless claims. The CME Fed Watch tool indicates that there is a 50% chance of a rate increase in November. This uncertainty has added to the caution among investors, prompting them to reevaluate their strategies.

Mixed Performance in Previous Session

While the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 both saw declines in the previous session, with the Nasdaq experiencing its fourth straight losing day, the Dow managed to rise by 0.2%. This divergence in performance highlights the mixed sentiment and the market’s sensitivity to the Federal Reserve’s actions.

European Markets Rise on Friday, Aiming to Break a Seven-day Losing Streak

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index starts the day with a 0.3% increase, as most sectors show slight gains. Retail stocks lead the way with a 0.9% rise, followed by a 0.6% uptick in tech stocks.

Analyst Opinion

Despite some challenging data in August and the potential for a similar situation in September, experts believe that the prospects for the market remain positive. While concerns about interest rates and economic indicators persist, a recession is not anticipated in the near future. Investors should closely monitor developments by following the economic calendar and adjust their portfolios accordingly.




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The information provided in this article is based on publicly available sources and should not be considered financial advice. It is always recommended to conduct thorough research and consult with a professional before making any investment decisions.


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