The New York Stock Exchange rebounded on Thursday after enduring the worst day on Wednesday since late October, even though gains plunged partially late in the session. Markets took a different approach to Apple and Facebook’s higher results, but Tesla and McDonald’s were a little discouraging. Uncertainty has weakened somewhat around the stocks targeted by short-sellers, GameStop down 44% and AMC Entertainment losing 56%. Investors have weighed on Fed boss Jerome Powell’s cautious remarks on the economic recovery on Wednesday, as well as the news of a weaker-than-expected turnaround in U.S. growth in the fourth quarter in the midst of coronavirus revival.
In the end, the Dow Jones rose 0.99 percent to 30,603 points (after -2.05 percent on Wednesday), while the large S&P 500 index recovered 0.98 percent to 3,787 points (-2.57 percent on Wednesday), and that, after a 1.5 percent rise in the day, the Nasdaq Composite index, rich in technology and biotech stocks, bounced 0.5 percent to 13,337 points (-2.6 percent on Wednesday).
On the side of the stock, profit-taking remained accompanied by optimistic broker reviews as after record-breaking performance and higher fourth-quarter results, Apple fell -3.5 percent while Facebook gave up 2.6 percent despite better-than-expected results. Tesla, on the other hand, was marginally frustrated by its earnings, leading the price to fall by 3.3 percent, and McDonald’s falling -0.09 percent left markets hungry for the quarter ended December in their results.
Some second-tier stocks that have been at the center of a tussle between short-sellers and retail investors involved on stock market social networking sites such as Reddit have sunk into trading chaos. GameStop fell 44% and AMC Entertainment plummeted 56%. In recent days, the two stocks have doubled many times, the subject of panic buyouts from hedge funds that sold these shares short.
On Thursday, several brokers, including Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and the Robinhood app, toughened their customers’ trading conditions, somewhat easing optimism but prompting frustration from stockbrokers who were unable to place their orders.