Dow tumbles as volatility jumps, American Express gains


U.S. stocks opened lower in what may be another volatile session for investors following the massive swings experienced Monday. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 500 points or 1.6%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite lost over 2%. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33764.71 -599.79 -1.75%
SP500 S&P 500 4308.23 -101.90 -2.31%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13485.775794 -369.35 -2.67%

Declines today follow Monday’s wild turnaround, which had the Dow rebound from a 1,000-plus-point drop and also followed a three-week decline for the S&P 500, concluding with its worst weekly stretch since the start of the pandemic. 

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Jitters about rising interest rates tied to inflation remain in focus as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. Investors are also monitoring mounting tensions between Russia and the West over concerns that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine, with NATO outlining potential troop and ship deployments.     

Oil was little changed at the $83 per barrel level. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 60.25 +0.13 +0.21%

In earnings, IBM’s better-than-expected quarter helped lift shares as sales grew the fastest in about 11 years. Microsoft will report after the bell today and Apple tomorrow. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
IBM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. 130.76 +1.78 +1.38%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 288.45 -7.92 -2.67%
AAPL APPLE INC. 157.80 -3.82 -2.36%

American Express reported fourth-quarter profits rose 20% from a year earlier, as eager consumers spent record levels of money during the holiday season on the company’s namesake cards. The stock jumped. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AXP AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. 167.44 +8.32 +5.23%

Johnson and Johnson edged past Wall Street’s expectations, helped by growing pharmaceutical sales, but revenue fell short up 10% to $24.8 billion, missing the $25.2 billion estimate. The world’s biggest maker of health care products also debuted a strong 2022 forecast. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
JNJ JOHNSON & JOHNSON 164.37 +1.11 +0.68%

In other pharma news, the Food and Drug Administration is limiting use of Regeneron and Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 treatments due to lack of efficacy, while Pfizer and BioNTech announced clinical trials of their drug specifically to target the omicron variant. 

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
REGN REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS INC. 611.23 -10.26 -1.65%
LLY ELI LILLY & CO. 236.86 -3.58 -1.49%
PFE PFIZER INC. 51.78 +0.23 +0.46%
BNTX BIONTECH SE 155.36 +4.38 +2.90%

AMC in focus after The Wall Street Journal reported it may seek to refinance debt. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMC AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC 16.38 -0.25 -1.50%

In crypto currencies, Bitcoin continued to recover from Monday’s lows hovering around the $36K level.

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and Dogecoin grabbed some headlines after Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased he would eat a Happy Meal on television if McDonald’s were to accept it for payment. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MCD MCDONALD’S CORP. 248.19 -5.43 -2.14%

 The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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