Stock market live Thursday: Dow up 120, coronavirus 'buy' signal?, Microsoft leads way

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4:00 pm: Big rally into the close

Stocks ended the day with a big reversal and rally. The Dow ended the day up 124 points, a reversal of more than 360 points off the lows. Credit the WHO easing some concerns about the coronavirus and a rally in Microsoft. -Melloy

3:50 pm: Gains accelerating into the close

With 10 minutes to go, the major averages are jumping and now solidly in positive territory. The Dow is up 100 points and the S&P 500 is up 0.2%. Earlier in the day, the Dow was down more than 240 points. MGM and Las Vegas Sands, proxies for coronavirus worries because of their Macao-based casinos, are now in the green. Microsoft is the biggest gainer in the Dow after solid earnings. -Melloy

3:31 pm: Fed funds futures suggest more than one rate cut by year end

After Wednesday's Fed meeting, the fed funds futures are pointing to roughly 43 basis points in cuts by the Fed by the end of this year. Prior to Fed Chairman Powells briefing yesterday, that had been in the expectation was for a cut of about mid to high 30 basis points, according to Michael Schumacher, director rates at Wells Fargo.The market has also moved forward expectations for one full quarter point rate cut to September. "There's a couple reasons for this. One is the market interpreted the Fed as being a little more dovish than people had thought. Probably it was the inflation comment, and second this virus progression is still worsening," he said.The yield curve inverted for part of the day Thursday, as the 3-month yield was higher than the 10-year. It unwound in late trading, as the 10-year rose back to 1.569% and the 3-month was at 1.562%. An inverted yield curve can be a recession warning. — Domm

3:29 pm: Deflationary fuel prices continue to drop

Some drivers see less than $2 gas and jet fuel off 24%. Fuel costs for planes, trucks and automobiles have dropped significantly and could continue to decline, with the sharp 14% dive in oil prices this month. Oil has fallen sharply on fears the coronavirus will hit oil demand hard. "It's deflation on all things oil," said Tom Kloza of OPIS. He said both gas and diesel demand was weak even before the coronavirus. About 3,000 stations are selling gas below $2 a gallon and that should double by this weekend, he said. Nationally, unleaded gas at the pump averages $2.48 per gallon, down 5 cents in the past week, according to AAA. Another 10 to 15 cents is possible, with record gasoline inventories. RBOB gasoline futures were $1.64 per gallon Thursday, down 19% for the month. Kloza said cash jet fuel prices in the Gulf Coast plunged from $1.98 per gallon at the beginning of January to $1.53, and the expected cancellation of flights will put more downward pressure on prices. Diesel fuel futures dropped to support at $1.64, off more than 18% since the start of the year. — Domm

3:05 pm: Dow turns positive as WHO calms coronavirus fears

The Dow erased a 200-point drop and turned positive after the World Health Organization said it doesn't recommend limiting trade and movement amid the coronavirus, adding that it has confidence in China's ability to control the outbreak. However, the organization did declare the virus a public health emergency. — Li

3:02 pm: Final hour of trading: Stocks take a hit on coronavirus fears, Facebook drop

With roughly one hour left in the trading session, the Dow is down about 50 points as fears over how the coronavirus might impact the economy linger. Earlier, the Dow had fallen more than 240 points. Facebook shares also dropped around 6% to push the broader market lower. The major averages cut their losses after the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, but at the same time, did not recommend travel to China be restricted and said the country had the situation under control. —Imbert

2:57 pm: The market may have just gotten the 'buy' signal

The World Health Organization just declared the coronavirus a global health emergency, which means it might be time to buy stocks. Looking at stock performance around prior health emergencies, including SARS in 2003 and zika virus in 2016, Ned Davis Research found that "health emergency announcements are usually a lagging indicator." The firm found that in the past bad news had been priced into the market prior to the official announcement, after which stocks began to steadily move higher. Of course prior performance is not indicative of future returns, although stocks recovered some of their losses immediately following the WHO's announcement. —Stevens

2:18 pm: Facebook's ad slowdown could spread to other stocks, Deutsche Bank says

Facebook's ad revenue growth slowed last quarter, part of an earnings report that sent shares down 6% on Thursday. Deutsche Bank said in a note to clients that the ad sales slowdown could impact other social media companies that have yet to report quarterly results."This deceleration gives us some pause relative to other ad names, most pointedly those with higher exposure to the US than Facebook," the note said.Facebook gets 49% of its ad revenue comes to the U.S., a smaller portion than Pinterest, Snap and Twitter, according to Deutsche Bank. However, the note said that Deutsche Bank analysts were less concerned with Snap than the other names due to strong channel checks for the camera and social media company.— Pound

1:07 pm: Copper's longest losing streak in decades

Copper is tracking for its 11th straight negative session, which would be its longest ever losing streak based on CME data going back to 1988. The coronavirus outbreak is pressuring prices. China is the world's largest producer and consumer of many metals, according to Argus, so a slowdown in the country's economy could decrease demand for copper. – Stevens, Hayes, Francolla

1:01 pm: Disney+ partnership boosts Verizon subscribers but not its bottom line

Verizon brought in 790,000 new wireless subscribers in the fourth quarter, the most new additions in six years. The record subscriber growth coincided with Verizon's offer that all new customers get a full year of Disney's new streaming service Disney+ for free. Verizon made $34.775 billion in revenue, topping estimates of $34.598 billion. However, the partnership with Disney didn't help Verizon's bottom line. Verizon reported earnings per share of $1.13, missing estimates of $1.14 per share, according to Refinitiv. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told analysts on the earnings call the Disney deal is "a win-win for both our partners, for our customers, and for Verizon." Shares of Verizon last traded down 1.2%. – Fitzgerald

12:44 pm: Dow falls 200 points on coronavirus headline

The Dow fell back to near the lows of the day after the CDC confirmed the first human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in the U.S. The patient is the spouse of the Chicago person who came back infected from China.

Marriott International shares were down more than 1% as traders feared disease fears may hit the travel economy. -Melloy

12:31 pm: South Korea and Brazil ETFs dip into correction territory

The coronavirus worries have taken their toll across emerging market stocks, particularly South Korea and Brazil. The iShares MSCI South Korea ETF (EWY) and its Brazil counterpart, the EWZ fund, briefly traded in correction territory, down at least 10% from their 52-week highs. The South Korea stock ETF is also down more than 5% month to date, on pace for its worst January since 2014. Brazil's ETF is down more than 7%, on pace for its biggest one-month loss since August. The EEM, which tracks emerging markets broadly, is also down more than 5% in January. —Imbert, Francolla

11:56 am: Markets at midday: Stocks fall, dragged down by coronavirus worries and Facebook

Around midday, the major averages were down but well off their lows. The Dow was down 62 points, or 0.2%, after sliding more than 200 points earlier in the day. Investors are still fretting over the coronavirus as the death toll in China keeps rising. A 6.7% decline in Facebook also dented the broader market. —Imbert

11:45 am: Amazon shares little changed ahead of earnings after the bell

Shares of the e-commerce giant are flat in midday trading ahead of its earnings report after the bell. Amazon's results could be the next big market catalyst after Facebook's disappointing numbers dampened investor sentiment Thursday. Due to heavy investment in one day shipping and Amazon Web Services, Wall Street analysts have low expectations going into the fourth-quarter earnings. They are looking for a $4.04 EPS, compared to $6.04 in the same period a year ago, according to FactSet. — Li

11:21 am: Key part of the yield curve inverts again and deeper this time

The gap between 10-year and 3-month Treasury yields turned negative again in late-morning trading, following a brief inversion around 7 a.m. Thursday. Investors view this as an unusual phenomenon since bondholders would receive better compensation in the short term. This part of the yield curve is also closely followed by the Federal Reserve for recession signal. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dipped four basis points to 1.546%, while the three-month Treasury yield was last trading at 1.554%. "It's mostly a function of Coronavirus fears and the Fed's very widely telegraphed activities in the overnight repo market," Joshua Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, said in a blog post Thursday. —Li

11:02 am: Dow falls more than 200 points to session low

The Dow dropped to its session low in late-morning trading, sliding more than 200 points. A 3.8% drop in Dow Inc and a 1.8% pullback in Intel led the 30-stock average lower. Investors continue to grapple with worries over how the coronavirus could hurt the economy. Meanwhile, a drop in Facebook shares pressured the broader market as well.

11 am: Microsoft leads software stocks higher

Microsoft shares climbed more than 2% on the back of strong quarterly results. The company said its earnings and revenue were driven by a strong performance from its consumer products and cloud services divisions. Microsoft led the iShares Expanded Tech-Software ETF (IGV) higher by 0.1%, bucking the overall market's negative trend. —Imbert, Francolla

10:45 am: Facebook shares trading heavily

It's not even midday but Facebook shares have already changed hands more times than they usually do. The social media giant's trading volume broke above 22.6 million shares, blowing past its 30-day average of 13.97 million. Facebook shares tanked more than 6% after its latest quarterly report showed a sharp increase in costs. —Imbert, Francolla

10:18 am: Coronavirus-related names are staging a comeback

Many travel and tourism companies, which took a beating recently on coronavirus, bounced back in morning trading. Shares of Las Vegas Sands climbed 2%, while MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts also rose slightly. United Airlines advanced 0.6%, even after it said it will extend China flight cuts. Shares of Carnival and Marriott are also off their lows, last down 3.2% and 0.5%, respectively. —Li

10:10 am: Microsoft helping the Dow

The Dow is near the flat-line, even though only 8 of its 30 members are in the green. That's because Microsoft is giving it a big boost, up 2.7% after strong earnings. Coca-Cola, as well, is up after giving a strong 2020 forecast. 'KO' is up 2.3%. —Melloy

9:49 am: Facebook loses $50 billion in market value

Shares of Facebook plummeted more than 8% on Thursday after the social media company's earnings failed to satisfy investors. Facebook lost more than $50 billion in market value as shares tanked, leaving the Mark Zuckerberg-led company with a market cap of about $584 billion. Facebook's full-year 2019 costs and expenses grew 51% year-over-year. Facebook also reported revenue growth of 24.7%, the fourth straight quarter that the company delivered sub-30% growth. —Fitzgerald

9:47 am: Bank stocks fall as rates slide and yield gap narrows

Financial names are under pressure as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield dipped below 1.6% to its lowest level since October. Shares of Goldman Sachs slipped 0.4%, while Bank of America and Citigroup also fell. The spread between 10-year yield and three-month rate also narrowed to just two basis points. That part of the yield curve inverted briefly earlier in the session.—Li

9:30 am: Stocks open lower

The Dow opens lower by about 150 points. Dow and Goldman were the biggest losers in the average. S&P 500 falls a little over 0.5%. Facebook is the biggest loser in the broader benchmark.

9:14 am: Likely to be lots of red on the board

Looking at premarket trading on S&P 500 members, most of the index is likely to be in the red after the open, most notably Facebook and Apple. On the positive side, Microsoft is set to open up 3.8%. -Melloy

9:01 am: Personal consumption, bastion of US growth, decelerates in Q4

Growth in the amount everyday Americans spent on goods and services — long the engine of economic activity in the U.S. — fell sharply in the fourth quarter to 1.8% from more robust reads of 3.2% in the third quarter and 4.6% in the second quarter.GDP, the sum of all goods and services produced in the U.S., is typically fueled by household consumption, business investment, government spending and net exports. But consumption comprises more than two-thirds of the economy, so any signs that segment of GDP could be decelerating would have an outsized effect on overall growth. — Franck

8:54 am: Oil slides 2%, tracking for 7th negative session in 8

Oil prices were back in the red on Thursday as the threat of a coronavirus-induced economic slowdown continued to weigh on prices. Additionally, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday showed a larger-than-expected build in U.S. inventory. At its session low, U.S. West Texas Intermediate hit $51.95, its lowest level since Oct. 10. International benchmark Brent crude touched $58.71, its lowest level since Oct. 15. Both contracts are now in bear market territory, and WTI is on pace for its seventh negative session in eight, and its fourth straight week of losses, the longest weekly losing streak since November 2018. —Stevens

8:50 am: Futures pare losses after GDP report

U.S. stock futures reduced some of their losses after the Commerce Department reported in-line growth for the economy in the fourth quarter. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to a loss of about 150 points. Earlier, the Dow was set to fall around 200 points. Yields also pared losses, with the 10-year yield trading at 1.571%. However, U.S. personal consumption moderated during the quarter. Annual U.S. GDP growth was also the weakest it has been in three years.

8:43 am: Bond market sends a recession signal

The bond market has shown investors are increasingly worried about a recession caused by China's fast-spreading coronavirus. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dipped to about 1.5582%, falling below the 3-month rate briefly, inverting part of the yield curve that the Federal Reserve watches closely. The so-called yield curve inversion has been a strong sign since 1950 that a recession is coming in the next 12 months. "Some of this narrowing is certainly due to worries about the virus but also on the belief within the Treasury market that a growth inflection higher of note in 2020 is not going to happen," said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group. —Li

8:30 am: US economy grew 2.1% to end 2019

The U.S. economy grew at its slowest pace since 2016 last year after notching a 2.1% climb in fourth-quarter GDP on an adjusted annual basis. The Commerce Department's report on gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. — came in largely as expected and matched the third quarter's growth rate. The government said that while exports increased and imports decreased, a boost to GDP, the pace of consumer spending slowed and business investment slumped for a third straight quarter. —Franck

8:08 am: Microsoft set for gains after strong earnings

Microsoft traded higher before the bell Thursday after the software giant reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue Wednesday afternoon. Sales of $36.91 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter represented a climb of 14%, buoyed higher by growth in its Azure cloud segment and its Office 365 productivity suite. The stock was set to jump more than 3% based on premarket moves. —Franck

8:06 am: Coca-Cola jumps on earnings

Shares of Coca-Cola jumped nearly 2% in premarket trading after the company reported strong fourth-quarter earnings. The bright spot for the beverage company was worldwide organic revenue growth of 7%, compared to the estimate of 4.8% growth, according to Refinitiv. Coca-Cola's revenue came in at $9.085 billion, topping the forecast $8.888 billion. Earnings per share were in line with estimates at 44 cents. The company guided for 5% organic revenue growth in 2020. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey told CNBC the Coke brand, especially Coke Zero, and Coke coffee, are driving this growth. —Fitzgerald

8:03 am: Coronavirus names sink, death toll rises

Shares of travel and tourism companies fell in premarket trading on Thursday as the threat of the Chinese coronavirus continued to weigh, with the death toll hitting 170 people. Cruise company Carnival tanked 6%, Norwegian Cruise Line fell 4.6% and Royal Caribbean slipped more than 5%. Casino companies that operate in Macau also tumbled with Las Vegas Sands down 1.8%, MGM Resorts down 2.3% and Wynn Resorts 1.8% lower. Airlines also slipped with United and American both down more than 1%. Delta ticked 1.7% lower. While the coronavirus remains an overhang for equities in the near-term, JPMorgan told clients the coronavirus narrative is expected to potentially yield a "surge to the upside." The firm said it's difficult to "envision any lasting fundamental impact or jeopardy to our 2021 forecasts." —Fitzgerald

7:59 am: Facebook tanks after reporting rising costs

Shares of Facebook plunged more than 7% in premarket trading after the social media giant reported rising costs and expenses and a narrowing operating margin. Facebook's full-year 2019 costs and expenses came in at $46.71 billion, up 51% compared to its total in 2018. Facebook's also reported revenue growth of 24.7%, the fourth straight quarter that the company delivered sub-30% growth. Wall Street analysts turned sour on the stock after the disappointing results. JPMorgan downgraded the company to hold from buy, while Bank of America, Goldman and UBS all trimmed their price target on Facebook. —Li

7:56 am: Wall Street braces for first look at fourth-quarter GDP

Investors braced for the first look at how the U.S. economy fared in the fourth quarter. The latest figures on U.S. GDP are scheduled for release at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect the U.S. economy grew by 2.1% to end 2019. The data comes after the Federal Reserve said Wednesday the economy was growing at a "moderate rate" and kept interest rates unchanged. —Imbert

7:53 am: Dow futures indicate 200-point drop as coronavirus fears mount

Stocks were headed for another day of steep losses on Thursday as the death toll from the coronavirus keeps rising in China, raising fears about a possible global economic slowdown. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a drop of 200 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also pointed to sharp losses at the open. China's National Health Commission confirmed Thursday that the death toll has hit 170, with confirmed cases of the virus surpassing 7,700. Futures were also under pressure amid a sharp drop in Facebook shares. —Imbert

— With reporting from Tom Franck, Pippa Stevens, John Melloy, Jesse Pound.