Tech stocks pull Wall Street lower amid tax bill worries
New York: Wall Street opened lower on Thursday and the Dow lost 100 points as tech stocks pulled back and skepticism over a Republican tax overhaul plan weighed.
A U.S. Senate tax-cut bill, differing from one already in the House of Representatives, was expected to be unveiled on Thursday, complicating a tax overhaul push.
The S&P 500 has risen about 21 percent since the election of President Donald Trump a year ago, partly on the back of his promises to cut taxes and other business-friendly measures.
However, Republicans are yet to score a major legislative win since Trump took office in January, even though the party controls both chambers of Congress as well as the White House.
Investors were also concerned about the potential fallout from Democrat wins in regional U.S. elections this week - a signal for next year’s mid-term Congressional elections for Trump.
“With concerns rising over possible delays in the U.S tax reforms, equity bears could make an unwelcome appearance, consequently exposing global stocks to downside risks,” said Lukman Otunuga, research analyst at FXTM.
“Investors should also keep in mind that geopolitical tensions and political risk in the background, have the ability spark risk aversion.”
At 9:42 a.m. ET (1342 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 114.97 points, or 0.49 percent, at 23,448.39, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 13.57 points, or 0.52 percent, at 2,580.81.
The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 60.38 points, or 0.89 percent, at 6,728.74.
Ten of the 11 major S&P sectors were lower, with the technology .SPLRCT and Materials .SPLRCM indexes leading the decliners.
Technology has been the best performing S&P sector so far this year with a 37 percent rise, despite concerns of stretched valuations.
Ebay’s (EBAY.O) 4.1 percent fall weighed the most on the Nasdaq.
With third-quarter earning season winding down, earnings for the quarter are expected to have climbed 8 percent, compared with expectations of a 5.9 percent rise at the start of October, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Shares of Roku (ROKU.O) soared 37.3 percent after the television streaming device maker’s quarterly results and guidance beat expectations.
Kohl’s (KSS.N) was down 3.8 percent after the department store operator’s quarterly profit missed estimates.
Coty (COTY.N) rose 17.8 percent after the beauty products maker’s quarterly profit beat Wall Street estimates.
Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1,887 to 729. On the Nasdaq, 1,850 issues fell and 589 advanced.