The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a debt ceiling warning and a senior Federal Reserve official spoke out on tapering.
Meanwhile, Coinbase Global (COIN) took a dive on news that the firm is being investigated by the SEC. EV stock Tesla (TSLA) outperformed on new Chinese sales figures, while fellow Leaderboard stock PayPal (PYPL) reversed lower amid acquisition news.
Treasury Secretary Yellen urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling, saying the possibility of a U.S. default could affect financial markets.
“A delay that calls into question the federal government’s ability to meet all its obligations would likely cause irreparable damage to the U.S. economy and global financial markets,” she said.
The major indexes were also struggling after St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard told the Financial Times that the tapering of bond purchases should begin this year.
Bullard said demand for workers is high, and that there are more job openings than there are unemployed workers. He said this underlines the need for tapering sooner rather than later.
“The big picture is that the taper will get going this year and will end sometime by the first half of next year,” the Fed official said.
Nasdaq Falls As Tech Stocks Struggle
The tech-heavy Nasdaq fared the worst out of the major indexes, dropping almost 1%. Chinese video game stock NetEase (NTES) was the biggest laggard, falling almost 6%. Kraft Heinz (KHC) fared best, rising almost 4%.
The S&P 500 fell a less severe 0.3%. PulteGroup (PHM) was one of the worst laggards, falling around 4.5%. The stock was struggling after the company reduced guidance due to supply-chain and labor issues.
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The S&P sectors were mostly red, with utilities and consumer staples among the few posting gains. Technology was the worst laggard, followed by materials stocks.
Small caps were once again getting pressured by the bears, with the Russell 2000 falling about 1%.
However, growth stocks took the worst spanking, with the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) down 1.3%.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average also dipped by 0.3%
Coca-Cola (KO) was another bright spot, though its gain of 1% was slim.
Coinbase Stock Falls Amid SEC Probe, Bitcoin Drops Lower
Coinbase took a dive on the news that it’s facing enforcement action from the SEC following a probe.
While off lows, shares of the cryptocurrency exchange remained down more than 2%. Coinbase stock is fighting to hold above its 21-day exponential moving average.
The firm said in a Tuesday filing that it received a notice on Sept. 1 saying the regulator had made a “preliminary determination” to recommend enforcement action relating to Coinbase’s Lend program. Coinbase introduced the program on June 29, but it has yet to be launched.
Coinbase said it had been talking with the SEC for nearly six months about the Lend program, and CEO Brian Armstrong complained on Twitter that other crypto companies offer similar schemes “for years.”
“Millions of crypto holders have been earning yield on their assets over the last few years,” Armstrong said. “It makes sense: If you want to lend out your funds, you can earn a return.”
Meanwhile, Bitcoin was falling again Wednesday. While it was off lows for the day, the cryptocurrency was down more than 2%, and trading for just over $46,000, according to CoinDesk. It had traded around $44,500 earlier.
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) was down almost 1%, clinging to its 200-day moving average.
Tesla Stock Holds Up On China Sales
Tesla is still in the 5% buy zone from a 730 entry, and its dip of less than 1% was better than those of many other leading growth stocks.
The stock was up in premarket trading on news that the firm had seen a big bump in export-led sales, according to new China Passenger Car Association data.
Tesla’s wholesale sales totaled 44,264 in August, up 34% from July’s 32,968, even as chip shortages continue to weigh on automakers. The U.S.-based EV maker exported 31,379 autos from its factory in Shanghai. That’s 29% higher vs. July’s 24,347.
Tesla’s August sales in China jumped 32% vs. May, the second month in the last quarter. Sales are up 30% in the first two months of this quarter vs. the first two months of last quarter.
TSLA stock has battled back well after it got battered on news that the National Highway Safety Administration has opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system.
PayPal Stock Dips Amid Acquisition News
Payments stock PayPal, which had been moving higher premarket, was down almost 2% amid acquisition news.
The payments firm said it agreed to acquire Paidly, a Japanese payments platform for “buy now, pay later” financing plans. The deal is valued at $2.7 billion.
PYPL stock, which is forming a flat base, is looking for support at the key 10-week moving average.
PayPal is a member of the prestigious IBD Leaderboard list of leading growth stocks.
Fellow payments Leader Square (SQ) fell below its 50-day moving average and was down more than 3.5%.
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