Stocks Dragged by Tech Sector Profit Taking

Gold surged to a fresh weekly high today

Managing Editor
Feb 20, 2024 at 4:26 PM
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Wall Street is extending Friday's losses into the holiday-shortened week, with all three major indexes marking steep daily drops. The tech-heavy Nasdaq shed triple digits, while the Dow and S&P 500 finished firmly in the red. Profit-taking gripped the Magnificent Seven today, as investors reevaluate the sector and all eyes turn to Nvidia's (NVDA) corporate report due out tomorrow morning. 

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5 Things to Know Today

    1. A U.N. resolution attempt to push a ceasefire was vetoed by the United States, the country saying it would not bring peace to the Israel-Hamas war. So far 1,200 people have been killed and 250 taken hostage. (MarketWatch)
    2. American Airlines (AAL) is raising the price of baggage fees on domestic flights to $35 from $25, Senior V.P. of Revenue Scott Chandler saying, “our cost of transporting bags is significantly higher.” (CNBC)
    3. Biotech enjoys best day in years on FDA push.
    4. Downgrade dings blue-chip Caterpillar.
    5. Senior V.P. of Research Todd Salamone shares one way to hedge immediate options trading risk.


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    Gold Grips Weekly High Ahead of Fed Minutes

    Oil prices pulled back from recent three-month highs as the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to trigger production worry. For the session, April-dated West Texas Intermediate Crude (WTI) shed $1.01, or 1.3%, to finish at $78.18 per barrel

    Gold is enjoying gains, earlier hitting a weekly high as the U.S. dollar pulls back and investors await tomorrow's Fed minutes. April-dated gold added $15.70, or 0.8%, to settle at $2,039.80 for the session.


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