Tech Drop Outweighs Bank Rally as Dow Jones Industrial Average Tanks

FAANG Dip Could Signal Buying Opportunity

Jun 29, 2017 at 11:55 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has given back nearly all of yesterday's gains, squandering a brief early morning lead to fall deep into the red. Bank stocks like blue chip JPMorgan are rallying following the latest Fed stress tests -- helping the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) outperform once again -- but ongoing woes out of the tech sector are holding back major U.S. stock indexes. As such, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) -- or the market's "fear barometer" -- is pacing for its biggest daily jump since mid-May.

Elsewhere, investors continue to monitor the initial public offering (IPO) of Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:APRN), with the shares last seen sporting a solid 8% gain after pricing at $10 a share yesterday. Oil prices shouldn't be ignored, either, with August-dated crude futures up another 1.3% at $45.34 per barrel, on pace for a sixth straight gain. 

Continue reading for more on today's market -- and don't miss:

  • Buy the dip on FAANG stocks, if history is any indicator. 
  • A beer stock bubbling to new highs. 
  • Plus, puts active on this video game stock; a small-cap tech stock up 10%; and Pier 1 crashes. 

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Among the stocks with unusual put volume today is Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI). The tech-sector swoon has hit the video game stock, pressuring it 2.7% lower to $57.61, and options traders are foreseeing extended trouble ahead. Specifically, ATVI puts are trading at 1.5 times the expected pace, with buy-to-open activity spotted at the weekly 7/7 55.50-strike put -- meaning traders are expecting previously hot ATVI stock to fall below $55.50 by next Friday's close, when the contracts expire. 

Wireless charging innovator Energous Corp (NASDAQ:WATT) is rallying today on the Nasdaq, last seen up 10.1% at $16.94, thanks to news Dialog Semiconductor is investing an additional $15 million into the company. WATT stock is on pace for its highest close since late January, when an anonymous short seller sent the shares tumbling. 

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Shares of home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE:PIR) are diving on the New York Stock Exchange, following disappointing first-quarter revenue. PIR stock has shed 5.5% to trade at $5.09, bringing its year-to-date deficit to 40%. 

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