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Wall Street ended mixed on Friday as gains in energy and defensive sectors like consumer staples and utilities offset weakness in large growth stocks on the Nasdaq. Alphabet and Tesla fell 1.9% and 1.7% respectively as investors fear interest rates could remain higher for longer which prompted the sell-off in technology stocks. The Dow Jones rose 0.07%, the S&P500 fell 0.01% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.2%. Over the last 3 weeks, the Nasdaq has fallen 7.2%, its biggest decline since December. Beauty company Estée Lauder tumbled 3.3% on Friday after the company’s annual net sales and profit fell short of analysts’ expectations.
Over in Europe, markets closed lower across the region as investor sentiment slides on global economic concerns and further runway for tighter monetary policy. The STOXX600 fell 0.6%, Germany’s DAX lost 0.65%, the French CAC fell 0.38%, and, in the UK, the FTSE100 fell 0.65%.
Danish hearing aid manufacturer GN Store Nord fell 5.9% on Friday after JPMorgan cut its price target on the company following significant losses and weak second quarter results released on Thursday.
Locally on Friday the ASX rose just 0.03% as a 1.9% sell off among communication services stocks was offset by gains in the real estate and utilities sectors. For the week, the ASX fell 2.62% in line with the global market sell-off amid investor sentiment dampening on future rate hike outlook, slowing earnings growth out of reporting season results, and the Chinese economy continuing its sluggish growth post-pandemic.
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