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Stock Market Today: Dow in Comeback After Snap Crackles on Profit Warning

Stock Markets May 24, 2022 21:38
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By Yasin Ebrahim -- The Dow fought its way back from a more than 500-point decline intraday Tuesday, after the biggest one-day rout in Snap put tech stocks back in the firing line. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.2%, or 48 points, the Nasdaq was down 2.4%, and the S&P 500 fell 0.60%.

Snap (NYSE:SNAP) fell more than 43% after the social media company cut its guidance on revenue and profitability, citing a faster-than-anticipated deterioration of the macroeconomic environment.

The warning from Snap “will sound the alarms on the deteriorating macro's evolving effects on digital advertising,” RBC said in a note after slashing its price target on the stock to $17 from $25.

Concerns about a weaker backdrop of advertising spending sent shockwaves throughout social media stocks. Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:FB) fell more than 7%, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) was down more than 5%, while Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) slumped more than 23%.

Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM), meanwhile, sidestepped the selling after the software company reported better-than-expected quarterly results and raised its annual guidance, sending its shares up more than 5%.

Elsewhere on the earnings front, companies continued to flag the impact of inflation and worries about the growth outlook.

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) plunged more than 28% as the retailer cut its sales outlook for the year after reporting a surprise first-quarter loss owing to rising transportation and product costs.

AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) rose more than 5% following better-than-expected quarterly results.

Homebuilders were also adding pressure to the broader market on data showing new home sales fell to the lowest level since April 2020 as mortgages hover at their highest levels since 2009.

“The Federal Reserve is pumping the brakes; the most interest-rate sensitive sectors, notably housing, are cooling,” Grant Thornton said in a note.

Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), which reports quarterly results after the market closes Tuesday, fell more than 4%, Lennar (NYSE:LEN) and KB Home (NYSE:KBH) were also in the red.

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