Stock indexes trading weaker but off second half lows after the bell where SPX focus had turned to 3600.00 -- round number support after ESZ2 futures fell to 3623.0 low, nearly testing Wed's pre-open low of 3615.75. Currently, SPX eminis trade -85 (-2.28%) at 3647.25; DJIA -521.82 (-1.76%) at 29165.26; Nasdaq -343.8 (-3.1%) at 10708.85.
- SPX leading/lagging sectors: Energy sector (-0.07%), Health Care (-0.98%) and Financials (-1.12%). Laggers: Utilities (-3.78%), Consumer Discretionary (-3.44%) weighed by auto and component shares, and Information Technology (-2.95%) as hardware and semiconductor shares underperform software makers. Notable late session headline from Meta announcing a hiring freeze and warning employees of restructuring.
- Dow Industrials Leaders/Laggers: Travelers (TRV) +1.69 at 154.61, Visa (V) +0.44 at 179.62, Merck (MRK) -0.21 at 86.57. Laggers: carry over weakness for Apple (AAPL) -8.15 at 141.69 after they annd lower IPhone production on softer demand Wed, Boeing (BA) -8.41 at 125.03, United Health (UNH) -5.36 at 508.58.