By Yasin Ebrahim
The Dow slumped Monday on worries U.S lawmakers probably aren’t going to reach a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline imposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid reports an imminent deal is unlikely.
As talks between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin got underway earlier today, the house speaker reportedly signaled both sides remain apart on a deal.
The White House’s $1.8 trillion deal tabled earlier this month fell short of the $2.2 trillion package proposed by the Democrats. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, will vote on a narrower $500 billion bill on Tuesday.
The selling in the broader market was led by tech as investors seemingly continue to ditch growth. Netflix kicks off earnings for FAANG stocks on Tuesday.
Ahead its quarterly earnings report, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) rose more than 1%, despite some on Wall Street expressing concern the streaming giant’s pace of content creation may struggle to keep up with demand, leading to a slowdown in subscriber growth.
“The extraordinary level of consumption of Netflix content multiplied by its large subscriber base suggests to us that some meaningful percentage of subscribers will ‘finish’ Netflix before a large quantity of new content can be produced,” Wedbush said in a note.
In other news, AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) jumped 16% after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said theaters in most of New York, but excluding New York City, could reopen on Oct. 23. The cash-strapped theatre chain has warned it could run of cash by year-end of the first quarter of 2021 because of blockbuster movie delays and reduced box office sales.
Sentiment was also weighed down by signs infections across the U.S. are gathering pace, with nearly 70,000 new cases recorded Friday, the highest one-day rise since July.
On the economic front, housing activity shows no sign of slowing after the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose two points to 85 in October.
Dow Stumbles as Imminent Deal Unlikely Ahead of Deadline
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