Stocks sink after weak GDP data, Meta's miss

First-quarter GDP rose 1.6%, falling short of 2.4% estimate

Stock investors kicked into selling mode after the U.S. economy posted subpar growth in the first quarter. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 375 points, but clawed back from a 600+ point drop in early afternoon. The S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed lower by 0.5% and 0.6%, respectively. 

IBM, Caterpillar and Microsoft – which reports earnings after the close of trading – paced the Dow's steep drop, while Merck, Intel and Boeing rose. Google parent Alphabet and Intel will also report results later today.

As stocks tumbled, bonds rose with the yield on the 10-year Treasury touching 4.076%, the highest since November. 

"Treasury yields are soaring to their loftiest levels of the year on the back of this morning’s GDP report, which depicted slowing economic growth amidst accelerating price pressures. The stagflationary combination is particularly troublesome for stocks, whose fundamental prospects are generally driven by a robust economy while their relative valuations are tied to rates" wrote José Torres, Senior Economist at Interactive Brokers in a note to clients. 

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
IBM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. 169.50 +0.29 +0.17%
CAT CATERPILLAR INC. 322.40 +0.93 +0.29%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 448.37 +5.80 +1.31%
MRK MERCK & CO. INC. 127.50 -1.21 -0.94%
UNH UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC. 489.23 -5.79 -1.17%
WMT WALMART INC. 67.42 +0.40 +0.60%

INSIDE META'S MISS

Mark Zuckerberg's Meta sank 10% after weaker-than-expected revenue coupled with rising spending on AI that could push expenses near $100 billion, the company disclosed on Wednesday. The stock registered its worst percentage drop since October 27, 2022 when it fell over 24%, as tracked by Dow Jones Market Data Group. 

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
META META PLATFORMS INC. 506.63 +2.47 +0.49%

The Dow's drop pushes it further away from its record close of 39,807 reached in late March 2024. 

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Gross domestic product for 2024, so far, rose by 1.6% according to the Commerce Department, falling short of the 2.4% expected by economists. Although this is the seventh straight quarter of growth, it trails the 3.4% rate for the fourth quarter of 2023. 

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Gains in consumer spending were muted by "decreases in motor vehicles and parts as well as gasoline and other energy goods," the Commerce Department said.  

Gold, which is hovering near an all-time high, ticked higher and oil, which is trading around the $82 per barrel level, remained marginally lower.  

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GLD SPDR GOLD SHARES TRUST - EUR ACC 214.61 -1.12 -0.52%
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 77.79 +1.71 +2.25%

In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin was marginally lower, holding above $64,000. So far this year it has gained over 50% outpacing the S&P's 5% rise. 

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