U.S. stocks fell Tuesday, a day after one of the biggest comebacks on record for the major averages.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 30 points, or 0.2%. The blue-chip average shed more than 800 points at its lows of the session. The S&P 500 dropped 0.8%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 1.6%.
General Electric was among the biggest decliners on the S&P 500 with a 6.2% loss after the company topped quarterly earnings expectations, but missed revenue estimates.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose Tuesday to around 1.78%, pressuring technology stocks. Nvidia fell 4.1%, Amazon dipped 3.1% and Facebook-parent Meta Platforms lost 1.9%.
On the upside, the pickup in yields boosted some financial names, with Bank of America gaining 1.8% and Citigroup adding about 1.4%.
American Express was the top gainer on the S&P 500 and the Dow after an earnings beat, adding 7.8%. Dow-member Johnson & Johnson rose 2.8% after the company said it expects more than $3 billion in Covid vaccine sales this year.
“The roller coaster trading atmosphere continues with the major indices coming for sale once again,” Vital Knowledge’s Adam Crisafulli said in a note Tuesday. “The lows from yesterday though haven’t been breached.”
The Dow on Monday rallied from a more than 1,100-point loss to close higher and snap a six-day losing streak. The Nasdaq Composite reversed a 4.9% decline from earlier in the day to finish positive — its biggest rebound since 2008. The S&P 500 also rallied from major losses to close up.
History shows a sharp intraday comeback for the Nasdaq Composite does not typically signal the end of the sell-off, but rather marks volatility seen at the start of a down period, according to Bespoke Investment Group analysis.
“I don’t think it’s done,” Liz Young, head of investment strategy at SoFi, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This … is a digestion process of a new environment that we’re not conditioned for.”
Even after Monday’s comeback, the S&P 500 is down more than 8% in January, on pace for its worst month since March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic.
The 10-year Treasury yield has climbed this year as the Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy and prepares to hike interest rates. Investors have rotated out of high-growth areas of the market in favor of safer bets. The Nasdaq Composite is in correction territory, down roughly 16% from its intraday record.
“Downside risks from monetary tightening are higher vs history. The pain has so far been localized to high valuation stocks, but signs of a broader risk-off are brewing,” Barclays’ Maneesh Deshpande said in a note Tuesday.
The Fed’s two-day policy meeting begins Tuesday as investors look for updates on when the central bank will raise interest rates and by how much. Market participants expect the Fed to signal a rate hike as soon as March and more policy tightening on the table to address high inflation.
Investors also monitored geopolitical tension at the Russia-Ukraine border. President Joe Biden spoke with European leaders Monday amid fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.