The Nasdaq recently closed slightly lower for a second day amid the latest quarterly corporate results. The tech stock index closed lower Wednesday for the second straight day as investors evaluated companies’ performance based on macroeconomic metrics. These parameters include rising interest rates, fluctuating energy prices, scarcity of technology commodities (semiconductors) and growing recession fears.
The Nasdaq’s latest downward close saw the index plunge 0.18% to 11,313.36, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.02% to close at 4,016.22. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average also posted a marginal gain of 9.88 points, or 0.03%, to close at 33,743.84.
Most stocks trimmed their losses in the afternoon session, with the Dow recovering from a 460+ point plunge. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq initially lost more than 2 percent at its low.
Nasdaq closes lower on Microsoft’s poor guidance
Technology stocks remained at their lows for most of the session after Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) issued a weak forecast. Concerns about growth in the beleaguered tech sector intensified after the software and consumer electronics giant reported lower-than-expected revenue for the fiscal third quarter. Following its disappointing quarterly results, Microsoft was expecting revenue of between $50.5 billion and $51.5 billion for the next quarter. However, analysts were expecting revenues of at least $52 billion for the same period.
Microsoft also took a $1.2 billion charge in the quarter, following its decision to lay off 1,000 employees, overhaul its hardware lineup and strengthen its leases. Most notable in this charge, however, was the $800 million in employee severance costs.
In other recent quarterly reports, Boeing was up slightly despite below-average results. The aerospace giant attributed its quarterly loss to labor and supply constraints. However, despite these unsavory operational elements, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun remained upbeat. In the company’s statement, Calhoun explained:
“We had a strong fourth quarter, and 2022 proved to be an important year for our turnaround. Demand across our portfolio is strong, and we remain focused on driving stability in our operations and within the supply chain to meet our commitments in 2023 and beyond.”
In addition, the CEO also stressed that Boeing remains committed to its business while innovating and prioritizing safety. The company saw revenue growth due to higher airplane sales and delivery demand for the quarter. Calhoun concluded:
“We are proud of the way we closed out 2022, and despite the obstacles ahead, we are confident in the path ahead.”
Uninspiring corporate directions are largely responsible for poor performance
50 Park Investments CEO Adam Sarhan has spoken out about the latest earnings season and the overall decline in performance. He said the decline in corporate fortunes is due to companies losing confidence in themselves, which influences investors’ decisions.
“If the company is pessimistic about its own future, why should investors be optimistic? That’s pretty much the message of the earnings season so far” he said.
Investors are expecting more high-profile corporate results this week, with Tesla and IBM set to report results amid recession fears.