Dow Jones Futures Fall: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Production Hit; Big Meta Job Cuts


Dow Jones futures fell Sunday evening, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) earnings, Apple iPhone 14 Pro production woes and reports of Meta Platforms (META) layoffs headlined weekend news.




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Even with a solid close in Friday’s whipsaw session, the stock market rally suffered significant damage last week, with the major indexes tumbling on hawkish comments from Fed chief Jerome Powell.

The Nasdaq had its worst week since January as megacaps plunged and cloud software crashed.

Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) all lost more than 10% for the week, with Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META), Tesla stock and Microsoft stock not far behind. Google stock, Meta, Amazon.com (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) all hit bear market lows. Apple stock and Tesla (TSLA) did not, but they’re close.

Meanwhile, Twilio (TWLO) and Atlassian (TEAM) crashed Friday on disappointing results and guidance, losing more than 40% for the week. A slew of other software names tumbled, with or without earnings.

A market rally trying to fight the Fed with major tech sector plummeting? That’s a tall order. So while there are some stocks and sectors showing strength, investors should be extremely cautious in the current environment.

News

Meta Platforms will cut thousands of jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. An announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, the WSJ said. Meta had more than 87,000 employees at the end of September. On Oct. 26, Meta reported a 49% EPS decline in Q3 and slashed guidance amid a metaverse spending splurge.  META stock plunged 25% the next day, with shares continuing to slide.

Late last week, new Twitter owner Elon Musk slashed half of that social media’s workforce of 7,500.

Apple said Sunday that “we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated,” citing Covid restrictions affecting production at an assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China. A Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou is under closed-loop production, with workers staying on site. Apple said 14 Pro and Pro Max remains strong, but shipments will be take longer.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway on Saturday reported a 20% bump in operating profit. The conglomerate suffered a net loss as the ongoing bear market hit investments.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures fell 0.% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures sank 0.5% and Nasdaq 100 futures retreated 0.7%.

Crude oil fell 2% while natural gas futures spiked nearly 9%.

The dollar, which tumbled Friday, rose slightly.

Goldman Sachs now expects S&P 500 earnings to be flat in 2023, down from its prior target of 3%.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.


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