Stock futures inch lower ahead of September’s jobs report

Stock futures inch lower ahead of September’s jobs report

Stocks accelerate their slide in the final hour of trading Friday

Stocks slid to their lows of the session in late afternoon trading as investors continued to digest the big U.S. jobs report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 715 points, or 2.4%. The S&P 500 lost 3.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 3.9%.

— Tanaya Macheel

AMD shares continue their slide to session lows

Shares of fellow chipmakers Intel and Nvidia were down by about 5% and 7%, respectively.

— Tanaya Macheel

This week’s top stocks include 3 energy names that analysts see surging even more

Energy stocks outperformed this week as the rest of the market whiplashed, supported by rising oil prices after OPEC announced it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day.

The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund is up 15% so far this week, on pace for its best week since Nov. 13, 2020. Top performers in the fund include Marathon OilAPA Corp. and Halliburton, which are all up more than 22% week to date.

Investors may want to take note now. Of the top ten stock performances this week, an analysis of FactSet data shows three energy names that are rated well by many analysts that cover them and have a 20% or more upside to the consensus price target.

Read more on CNBC Pro

—Carmen Reinicke

Nearly 60 S&P 500 names make fresh 52-week lows

Fifty-nine S&P 500 stocks fell to fresh 52-week lows Friday, as the broader market sold off to end a volatile week of trading. Among the most notable stocks hitting fresh 52-week lows are Meta Platforms, which is trading at levels not seen since January 2019; AMD, which fell to its lowest level since July 2020; and Verizon, which reached its lowest point since 2012.

Just two S&P 500 stocks made a 52-week high: Nielsen and Hess.

Here are other names that reached 52-week lows:

  • Generac trading at lows not seen since Jul, 2020
  • 3M trading at lows not seen since Jun, 2013
  • CarMax trading at lows not seen since Apr, 2020
  • VF Corp trading at lows not seen since Sep, 2011
  • Walgreens trading at lows not seen since Jul, 2012
  • Carnival trading at lows not seen since Sep, 1992

— Gina Francolla, Fred Imbert

Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Ambac, Lyft, Credit Suisse and more

Here are the stocks making the biggest moves midday:

  • Ambac Financial Group – Shares shot up 13.2% on news of settlements with Bank of America that will bring ]the municipal bond insurer $1.84 billion.
  • Lyft – The rideshare platform sunk 7.9% after RBC downgraded the stock to sector perform from outperform, noting competitor Uber has advantages.
  • Credit Suisse – The European bank was up 10.8% after offering to buy back $3 billion in debt securities Friday. It also said it would sell a hotel it owns.

See the full list here.

— Alex Harring

Bitcoin falls with stocks after jobs report

The crypto market fell with stocks after the highly anticipated jobs report showed the labor market is still tight and could keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise rates aggressively.

Just after 1:00 p.m. ET the price of bitcoin fell 3.3% to $19,380.74, according to Coin Metrics. Ether fell 2.7% to $1,322.40.

“The jobs report points to no change of tune on the horizon for the Fed, so we continue to expect firm interest rates which also adds pressure to crypto markets,” said Yung-Yu Ma, chief investment strategist at BMO Wealth Management.  

Cryptocurrencies’ correlation with stocks has weakened in recent weeks but remains high nevertheless.

— Tanaya Macheel

Oil rally continues after OPEC slashes supply

Oil continued to pop Friday following OPEC ‘s decision to cut supply.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate, known in short as WTI, crude was up 4.3%. That translates to an increase of $3.80 to $92.24.

Brent crude was up $3.63, or 3.8%, to $98.05 a barrel.

Both remain on track to post another week of gains following last week’s performance. Those rallies are higher than earlier in the trading day, when each was up below 2%.

— Alex Harring

FedEx shares fall on lower forecasts

FedEx shares dropped nearly 3% after Reuters reported the shipping giant’s ground division expects to lower volume forecasts, citing an internal memo. Just last month, FedEx withdrew its financial forecast due to a global demand slowdown.

— Yun Li

The only bull market this week might just be in the energy complex

Asset prices may feel soft everywhere this week, but not in the oil patch. Maybe it has to do with OPEC agreeing midweek to cut future crude oil production.

Early Friday, before September’s nonfarm payrolls were reported, November West Texas Intermediate crude oil contracts had risen above $90 a barrel and were 13% higher on the week. That means WTI was on pace for the biggest weekly gain since early March, shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Look at individual stocks early Friday. Premarket, Exxon Mobil was higher by 17.6% in just the first four days of this week, on pace for its best week since at least 1972. That was the same year Standard Oil of New Jersey changed its name to Exxon.

Marathon Oil had soared 26.5% in the first four days of the week and Halliburton was higher by 22.5%. For both of them, it was the strongest weekly performance since June 2020, and there was still one more trading day to go.

The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF had gained 15% week-to-date, on track for its best week since November 2020. November heating oil futures contracts were up almost 17% week-to-date and were on pace for the strongest weekly gain since late April.

— Scott Schnipper and Gina Francolla

Path to soft landing looks more challenging after jobs report, Lazard’s Temple says

The Federal Reserve’s goal of achieving a soft landing for the U.S. economy amid rate hikes to tame high inflation is looking less likely amid continued labor market strength, according to Ron Temple, head of U.S. equity strategy at Lazard Asset Management.

“While job growth is slowing, the US economy remains far too hot for the Fed to achieve its inflation target,” Temple said in a Friday note. “The path to a soft landing keeps getting more challenging.”

The Friday jobs report showed that employers added 263,000 jobs in September and that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%. That’s a relatively strong labor market, even if job gains are slowing.

It means the Fed will likely be aggressive with interest rate hikes going forward.

“If there are any doves left on the FOMC, today’s report might have further thinned their ranks,” said Temple.

—Carmen Reinicke

Employment data unlikely to push Fed off course, economist says

Friday’s employment data shows the job market is heading in the right direction, said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. But he doesn’t see it as convincing to the Federal Reserve to change course from its strategy of raising rates as a means to fight inflation.

“The 263,000 gain in non-farm payrolls in September is another signal that labor market conditions are cooling,” Hunter said. “But with the unemployment rate dropping back to 3.5% the report is unlikely to significantly alter the Fed’s view that the labor market is ‘out of balance.'”

— Alex Harring

Oil hits $90 per barrel, heating oil also jumps

Oil prices are surging following OPEC major production cut announced Wednesday.

West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery hit $90 per barrel, the highest level since Sept. 14. The commodity is up almost 13% this week and is on track for its best week since March 4. Brent crude is also higher today, up 1.35% at $95.69 per barrel.

Heating oil has also jumped, hitting 3.9478, its highest level since Aug. 30. Heating oil is up nearly 17% this week, on pace for the biggest weekly gain since April 29.

Shares of major energy companies also gained with the price of oil. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund is up 15% this week, on pace for its best week since Nov. 13, 2020.

Exxon is up 17.62% this week, its best weekly performance since 1972. Marathon Oil is up more than 26% this week, and Halliburton is up more than 22% in the same timeframe. It’s both company’s best week since June 5, 2020.

—Carmen Reinicke, Gina Francolla

U.S. jobs growth slows in September to 263,000

The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in September, slightly below a Dow Jones estimate of 275,000. The unemployment rate came in at 3.5%, down from 3.7% in the previous month.

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— Jeff Cox

BMO Capital Markets still sees an up year for the S&P 500

Stocks’ decline starting in mid-August has been “more severe and longer lasting” than analysts at BMO Capital Markets anticipated, but investors should keep calm and carry on, the firm said in a note Friday.

“We advise investors to stay calm and disciplined and refrain from going into panic mode amid this selloff,” chief investment strategist Brian Belski siad. “Yes, the market has been volatile, and the path of least resistance has largely been to the downside in recent weeks, but we continue to firmly believe that the S&P 500 will finish the year higher than current levels with Q3 earnings results potentially being a catalyst for a more sustained market rebound.”

Last week the S&P 500 capped the September trading month, ending lower by about 9% and finding a new bear market low in the midst of the losses. That drop marked the index’s biggest monthly loss since March 2020 and its worst September since 2002.  

— Tanaya Macheel

Goldman Sachs shares rise on KBW upgrade

Shares of Goldman Sachs rose slightly in Friday premarket trading after Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded the stock to outperform from market perform. The firm said the Goldman Sachs’ valuation based on tangible book value (TBV) looks attractive.

“We are upgrading Goldman Sachs to Outperform from Market Perform due to an attractive valuation of just under forward TBV, strong TBV growth, improved capital allocation and potential near-term benefits of strong FICC results over what could be a volatile next few quarters,” Konrad wrote.

Read the full CNBC Pro story on the note here.

— Sarah Min

Credit Suisse climbs after announcing debt buyback

The U.S. traded shares of Credit Suisse rose 6% in premarket trading after the investment bank offered to buy back roughly $3 billion of its debt. Credit Suisse is also selling the Savoy Hotel in Zurich.

The bank’s share price and debt have fallen sharply in recent weeks amid concern about how fast rising interest rates around the world are hurting the European financial sector. Credit Suisse is expected to announce broader strategic plan later this month.

— Jesse Pound, Elliot Smith

DraftKings jumps on potential ESPN deal

Shares of DraftKings jumped as much as 9% in premarket trading Friday on reports that ESPN is nearing a new partnership with the sports betting company.

The potential deal would allow ESPN to capitalize on growing demand for sports betting. Disney, which owns ESPN, has been searching for a sports betting partnership for the network for about a year and has said it will spend as much as $3 billion in an extended deal.

Shares of Disney were little changed Friday morning.

—Carmen Reinicke

European markets retreat slightly ahead of key U.S. jobs report

European markets pulled back slightly on Friday to round out a volatile week, as global investors await a key monthly jobs report out of the United States.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was down 0.2% in early trade, with tech stocks falling 1.6% while food and beverage stocks gained 0.4%.

– Elliot Smith

Inflation could resurge if the Fed pivots too early, former Fed president says

The Fed has a very delicate and difficult period ahead, says former Kansas City Fed president

Former Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig said the Fed could “reignite” inflation if it stops raising interest rates “too soon.”

The Fed should not enter a rate-cutting cycle immediately after reaching the terminal rate, Hoenig told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.” Officials have signaled their intention to raise rates to 4.6% by 2023.

Speaking of the Fed’s cycle of rate hikes, Hoenig said, “They need to stay there and not back off of that too soon to where they reignite inflation, say in the second quarter [of] 2023 or the third quarter.”

“They have a very delicate and very difficult period ahead of them in terms of decision-making,” he said.

— Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Fund manager says oil is in a multi-year bull market – and names 3 stocks to cash in

Oil is in a bull market that’s going to last for at least six years, according to fund manager Eric Nuttall.

The partner and senior portfolio manager at Ninepoint Partners, which manages more than $8 billion in assets, named three stocks for investors to cash in.

Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Zavier Ong

CNBC Pro: Tesla or Nvidia? One will dominate in A.I., analyst says, giving it 50% upside

Tech’s next frontier — artificial intelligence — is still in its adolescence, but offers significant growth opportunities for suppliers and users alike, according to Truist Securities.

Both Nvidia and Tesla offer ways to get exposure to AI, the analysts say, revealing their price targets on both stocks.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Weizhen Tan

Levi Strauss slumps on revenue miss, outlook cut

Shares of Levi Strauss shed 6.5% in extended trading Thursday despite an earnings beat. The company missed revenue estimates for the recent quarter and cut its guidance, dragged down by the U.S. dollar’s strength.

Levi Strauss posted earnings of 40 cents a share on revenues of $1.52 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 37 cents a share on $1.60 billion in revenue.

— Samantha Subin

Exxon on pace for best week since October 1974

Exxon Mobil shares are on track to finish their best week since October 1974.

The energy stock rose about 3% in regular trading Thursday as oil prices gained, putting Exxon on track to close out the week 17% higher.

Energy was the only S&P 500 sector finishing in positive territory on Thursday, rising nearly 2%. It’s on track to finish the week about 15% higher and close out its best week since November 2020. As of Thursday’s close, energy was also the only sector positive for the year.

Shares of Marathon, Halliburton and Devon Energy are on track to finish the week higher by roughly 20% or more.

— Samantha Subin, Gina Francolla

Advanced Micro Devices falls on disappointing preliminary third-quarter results

Advanced Micro Devices‘ stock fell 3.9% in extended trading as the company preannounced results for the third quarter that came in below its previous guidance.

The semiconductor company shared preliminary revenue of $5.6 billion for the period, down from the expected $6.7 billion. It blamed the cut on a weakening PC market and supply chain issues.

AMD also said it expects a non-GAAP gross margin of roughly 50%, previously expecting gross margins would range closer to 54%.

— Samantha Subin

Stock futures open lower

Stock futures opened lower in overnight trading Thursday.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 57 points, or 0.19%. S&P 500 futures dipped 0.36%, while futures tied to the Nasdaq 100 slipped 0.49%.

— Samantha Subin

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