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The Nasdaq today led the market lower, as technology stocks took heavy hits after Fed officials dampened hopes for aggressive interest-rate cuts.
The Nasdaq plunged 1.4% and made a sharp drop below 8000, a milestone for the index. The composite now needs to find a floor at the 50-day moving average to avoid further deterioration. Stocks Tuesday were broadly lower.
Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) fell even more, closing with a 1.7% loss. The Nasdaq 100-tracking ETF saw top Nasdaq component Microsoft (MSFT) fall more than 3%. A Jefferies analyst gave pessimistic comments on Microsoft's cloud business, reports said.
Software leaders were down sharply. Shopify (SHOP) plunged more than 9% after Wedbush downgraded the stock to neutral from outperform. Shopify is nearing a test of support at the 10-week moving average. Paylocity (PCTY) was another software stock down sharply after it slid below the 50-day line. Paylocity was removed from IBD Leaderboard today.
Other major Nasdaq components such as Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and Alphabet (GOOGL) were down 2% to 3%.
The S&P 500 fell 1% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.7%. Indexes closed near session lows. Easily, it was the indexes' largest declines since the June 7 market follow-through.
Volume rose from Monday's levels, according to unconfirmed data. Losing stocks led winners by an 11-to-5 ratio on the NYSE and by nearly 12-to-7 on the Nasdaq.....MORE
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