Market Momentum Stumbles as Nasdaq Dips and S&P 500 Recedes from Peak Despite Nvidia's Leap

Vida Markets

Tuesday 5th March 2024, 10:02 am Time to read: 5 mins.

In an unexpected turn from its recent upward trend, the stock market began the week on a quieter note, with the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 stepping back from their latest high points, despite strong performances from major tech companies. The S&P 500 dipped by 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell by 0.4%, reflecting

In an unexpected turn from its recent upward trend, the stock market began the week on a quieter note, with the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 stepping back from their latest high points, despite strong performances from major tech companies. The S&P 500 dipped by 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell by 0.4%, reflecting a more cautious approach from investors fresh off last week's peaks. This shift comes amid varied performances within the market, highlighted by Nvidia's impressive gain of over 3%, showcasing sustained interest in AI technologies. Yet, challenges for big tech names like Apple and Tesla, due to regulatory hurdles and other issues, painted a complex picture of the current market environment, influenced by both technological and regulatory progress.

Key Takeaways:

Nasdaq and S&P 500 Retreat from Record Highs: The Nasdaq Composite fell by 0.4% to close at 16,220.50, and the S&P 500 dipped ending the day at 5,142.60. Both indices pulled back from their recent record-setting performances, reflecting a correction among investors as they navigated the start of the week's trading session.
European Markets Close Slightly Lower: Investors turned watchful ahead of the European Central Bank meeting, with the Stoxx 600 down by 0.07%. The UK’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.55% and Germany’s DAX fell by 0.1%, while France’s CAC 40 gained 0.28%, signalling mixed sentiment in the region.
Asian Markets Exhibit Mixed Performance: Japan's Nikkei 225 broke records by closing above 40,000, whereas China's markets showed modest gains amid the "Two Sessions" meetings. South Korea's Kospi by 1.21% and India's Nifty 50 also rose, displaying a varied landscape across Asian equity markets.
Nvidia and Super Micro Computer Lead Gains: Nvidia's stock rose by over 3%, demonstrating the market's sustained interest in AI technology firms. Similarly, Super Micro Computer surged 18% following the announcement of its inclusion in the S&P 500, highlighting the impact of strategic index changes on stock valuations.
Cryptocurrency Stocks Advance as Bitcoin Approaches All-Time High: Cryptocurrency-related stocks such as MicroStrategy and Coinbase saw advances, lifted by Bitcoin nearing its 2021 peak (up 7.65% at $67,608), signalling increased risk appetite among investors for digital assets. Ethereum also advanced 3.41%, trading near January 2022 highs at $3,588.
Airlines Show Mixed Results Amid Antitrust Developments: JetBlue's shares rose over 3% despite the collapse of its planned merger with Spirit Airlines, which saw its shares plummet by more than 10%, showing the volatile nature of the airline industry amid regulatory scrutiny.
Oil Prices Edge Higher Amid OPEC+ Decisions: West Texas Intermediate crude briefly crossed the $80 mark, a first in four months, as OPEC+ producers extended supply cuts, indicating tighter market conditions and potential upward pressure on prices.
FX Today:

EUR/USD Encounters Resistance Amid Rate Speculation: The EUR/USD pair advanced to 1.0860, testing key resistance levels amidst speculation around interest rate cuts. The currency pair bounced within a narrow channel, highlighting a wary approach by traders as it hovered near the 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 1.0830. Despite a modest climb from its recent low at 1.0700, the pair remained under pressure, down 2.6% from its December peak.
Canadian Dollar Shows Mixed Performance as BoC Decision Looms: The Canadian Dollar (CAD) exhibited a flat trajectory against the US Dollar (USD), with the USD/CAD pair locked in a tight range between 1.3600 and 1.3550. Market participants are closely monitoring the Bank of Canada's upcoming policy decisions, contributing to the pair's consolidation phase around the 200-day SMA at 1.3477.
British Pound Steadies Amid UK Economic Anticipation: GBP/USD found itself in a restricted band, with significant resistance at 1.2711 and support near 1.2513. The currency pair's movements are notably influenced by expectations surrounding the UK Spring Budget.
USD/JPY Aims Higher, Testing Key Resistance Levels: The USD/JPY pair demonstrated resilience, ascending towards the 150.85 resistance mark. This upward momentum reflects the market's reaction to global economic indicators and comments from central bank officials, setting the stage for potential breakthroughs or retracements based on forthcoming economic data and policy updates.
Gold Breaks Record, Highlighting Market Uncertainty: Gold prices soared to a new high, with futures reaching $2,152.30 per ounce. This remarkable ascent reflects heightened market uncertainty and anticipations of a shift in Federal Reserve interest rate policies in the latter half of the year. The move towards gold, a traditional safe-haven asset, underscores investors' search for stability amidst fluctuating market conditions.
Market Movers:

Tesla Leads Declines Amid China Shipment Drop: Tesla's stock plummeted over 7%, making it one of the day's most significant losers in both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100. The downturn followed reports of a 15.5% month-over-month decrease in Tesla's China shipments, totalling 60,365 units, highlighting the impact of market challenges on its performance.
Macy's Enjoys Uptick After Revised Acquisition Offer: Macy's stock climbed more than 13% following a raised offer by Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital, signalling strong investor interest and optimism about the department store's valuation and future prospects.
Workday's Stock Suffers on Insider Selling News: Workday saw its shares fall more than 6% after disclosures that Co-President Robinson sold shares worth $916,920 last Thursday. The move sparked concerns among investors about the company's future prospects and executive confidence.
International Game Technology Plunges on Downgrade: Shares of International Game Technology (IGT) tumbled over 8% following a downgrade by Stifel from "buy" to "hold." The downgrade reflects growing scepticism about the company's valuation and growth trajectory in the near term.
Apple Incurs Losses Following EU Antitrust Fine: Apple's shares slid more than 2% after the European Union imposed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) antitrust fine, marking a significant setback that could impact its services revenue and market positioning.
Alphabet Inc. Declines on AI Concerns: Alphabet fell more than 2%, as investor confidence declined over potential missteps in AI development and fears that an emerging AI-powered search engine could disrupt Google's dominant market position.
Newmont Corp Rises on Gold Price Rally: Newmont Corp's stock ascended more than 4%, buoyed by the surge in gold prices to a three-month high. The company benefited from investors flocking to safe-haven assets amid market volatility.
Dominion Energy Surges on Insider Buying: Dominion Energy's shares increased more than 4% following news of insider buying by President and CEO Blue, who purchased shares worth $997,981.
Morgan Stanley Advances on IPO Access Announcement: Morgan Stanley's stock went up more than 4% after its wealth management division announced plans to offer clients early access to IPOs, enhancing its value proposition and potentially attracting more high-net-worth individuals.
Super Micro Computer Skyrockets on S&P 500 Inclusion News: Super Micro Computer's shares surged more than 18% after the announcement that it would join the S&P 500, replacing Whirlpool, whose shares have fallen 23% over the past 12 months. 
The stock market displayed a mix of highs and lows, balancing excitement for tech growth with caution due to regulations. Big wins for companies like Nvidia and Super Micro Computer highlighted strong interest in technology and AI. Yet, challenges for Apple and Tesla from regulatory fines showed that not everything is smooth sailing. Meanwhile, the rising prices of Bitcoin and gold caught investors' attention, showing they are eager to invest in digital currencies and safe assets for potentially bigger returns. This mix of optimism for tech advancements and carefulness around rules and economic signals creates a complex but interesting setup for investors.


See live prices

Sell Buy

See more live prices

Prices above subject to our website terms and agreements. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

  1. Register

    Signup to Vida Markets, verify, and set up your account

  2. Funds

    Deposit funds to your trading account

  3. Start

    Find opportunities and take them to your advantage

Live the ultimate experience of trading with Vida Markets in 3 simple steps

Open your trading account and get started.