- Futures off: Dow 0.34%, S&P 0.36%, Nasdaq 0.55%
June 17 (Reuters) – Technology stocks were set to lead Wall Street lower on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it could start tapering its massive stimulus earlier than expected, piling pressure on a sector that is seen as vulnerable to higher interest rates.
Shares of tech-heavyweights Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Google-parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), which soared last year on the back of an ultra-loose policy by the Fed, fell between 0.4% and 0.6% in early deals.
Investors are now razor focused on weekly jobless claims data that is due at 8:30 a.m. ET and is expected to lend credence to the central bank’s projections of a speedy economic recovery.
In a hawkish surprise on Wednesday, the Fed hinted at two rate hikes in 2023, a year earlier than expected and also said it sees inflation hitting 3.4% this year, well above its initial 2% goal. read more
Dow futures dropped to a near one-month low, with Cisco (CSCO.O) and Intel Corp among the top losers in early trade.
At 6:54 a.m. ET, Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 76.5 points, or 0.55%, Dow e-minis were down 116 points, or 0.34%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 15.25 points, or 0.36%.
In corporate news, U.S.-listed shares of CureVac NV tumbled 45% after the German biotech said on Wednesday its COVID-19 vaccine was 47% effective in a late-stage trial, missing study’s main goal. read more
Investors are also waiting for quarterly earnings reports from Kroger and Adobe (ADBE.O) later in the day.
Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila
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