Dow surges to record close, Nasdaq falls on Trump effect

The Dow powered to a fresh record Thursday on continued momentum from President-elect Donald Trump`s election win, but the Nasdaq tumbled on weakness in Amazon, Apple and other tech equities.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 11, 2016, 03:37 AM IST

The Dow powered to a fresh record Thursday on continued momentum from President-elect Donald Trump`s election win, but the Nasdaq tumbled on weakness in Amazon, Apple and other tech equities.

Analysts said the tech pullback was partly due to a rotation to other sectors and partly to worries the industry could suffer under Trump policy changes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 1.2 percent to 18,807.88, up 170 points from the prior record.

The broad-based S&P 500 added 0.2 percent at 2,167.48, while the Nasdaq dropped 0.8 percent to 5,208.80.

"Lots of high-flying technology stocks have been getting hit with some profit taking," said Bill Lynch, director of investment at Hinsdale Associates. "There is a lot of money that has been going to sectors which would likely benefit with Donald Trump as president."

Banking shares rose, with JPMorgan Chase jumping 4.6 percent, Bank of America 4.4 percent and Wells Fargo 7.6 percent. Pfizer rose 4.3 percent and Caterpillar 2.5 percent.

But Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities, said Trump`s stance during the campaign created concerns about how new policies could affect the technology sector.

"The rhetoric around the large technology companies is neutral to negative," Hogan said.

"If we ever get back to that rhetoric that`s more protectionist, that doesn`t help people that manufacture a bunch of their products overseas, or companies that are putting smaller companies out of business."

Hogan noted that many prominent Silicon Valley executives publicly backed Trump`s rival Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. And Trump attacked Apple directly after it refused to cooperate with the FBI seeking help in accessing a mobile phone.

Trump also went after Amazon for its business practices, as well as Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos. Bezos owns the Washington Post, which sharply criticized Trump throughout the campaign.

Apple fell 2.8 percent, Amazon 3.8 percent, Google parent Alphabet 2.9 percent, Facebook 1.9 percent, Microsoft 2.4 percent and Netflix 5.5 percent.