Nasdaq Eyes Worst Month Since 2008 as Stocks Resume Selloff

Inflation data is weighing on Wall Street today

Deputy Editor
Apr 29, 2022 at 12:10 PM
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Wall Street is looking to close out the week with a loss, after inflation data rolled in earlier today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) was last seen down more than 366 points, pacing for its fifth-consecutive weekly loss, as well as a monthly loss. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) both sport substantial dips for the day, and are on track for their fourth-straight week of losses. For the month, the S&P 500 boasts its worst deficit since March 2020, while the Nasdaq is on track for its biggest monthly drop since 2008. Elsewhere, the Cboe Market Volatility Index (VIX) is eyeing a daily win, as well as its fourth-straight weekly win, and a nearly 45% monthly gain.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including: 

  • Why Amazon stock is trading at 2-year lows.
  • Intel stock stalls after issuing a dismal forecast.
  • Plus, Southwestern Energy nearly doubles revenue estimates; NVAX pops on FDA update; and Loyalty Ventures stock sinks after earnings.

Midday Market Stats April 29_2022

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) is seeing an unusual amount of call activity in its options pits today, after the company reported first-quarter revenue of $2.94 billion -- nearly doubling Wall Street's $1.57 billion estimates. Already today, more than 12,000 calls have exchanged hands, with is double the intraday amount and more than the 1,894 puts traded so far. The most popular contract by far is the weekly 4/29 7.50-strike call, followed distantly by the 7-strike call from the weekly 5/6 series. A recent pullback from five-year highs was saved by the ascending 30-day moving average, and SWN boasts a 62.5% year-to-date lead.

.SWN Chart April 29

One of the best stocks on the Nasdaq today is Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX), after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced June 7 plans to examine the benefits and risks of the company's experimental Covid-19 vaccine. NVAX was last seen up 14.2% at $50.56, though it's still trading well below its early 2021 peak near the $330 level. Year-over-year, Novavax stock is down nearly 80%.

Loyalty Ventures Inc (NASDAQ:LYLT) is one of the worst stocks on the Nasdaq today, last seen down 14.9% at a new record low of $12.58. Loyalty Ventures stock is pulling back after reporting first-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of Wall Street's estimates. After going public in November, the equity quickly hit an all-time high of $98.95. More recently, LYLT has been consolidating just below the $15 level, and now sits 56.4% lower year-to-date. 

 

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