S&P 500 slips on renewed jitters in banks despite rescue deal for First Republic

By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com -- The S&P 500 fell Friday, as a reprieve in banks following the $30 billion rescue of the First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) was short-lived as concerns about the banking sector remain front and center.

The S&P 500 was down 1.2%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.3%, or 432 points, and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 0.8%.

First Republic fell 26% after suspending its dividend and confirming that it had received $30B in uninsured deposits from major Wall Street banks. While the move helped shore up its liquidity, First Republic faces higher interest rate payments from recent borrowing needed to strengthen its finance, Wedbush says, that will make it challenging to turn a profit.

As well as higher interest rate payments, the hit to its balance sheet from markdowns on its loan and securities means any sale will likely be made well below current valuation.

A distressed sale of the bank could result in “minimal, if any, residual value to common equity holders owing to FRC's significant negative tangible book value after taking into account fair value marks on its loans and securities,” Wedbush said as it double downgraded its rating on the stock to Neutral from Outperform, with a $5 price target, down from $140 previously.  

Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) fell about 4%.

Technology was the relative outperformer falling just 0.2%, underpinned by falling Treasury yields amid ongoing bets that the Fed could deliver its final hike of the year next week, and cut rates in the summer.

About 60% of traders expect the Fed to hike next week, down from 80% a day earlier.

Tech stocks are also boosted by a rise in Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) after Morgan Stanley lifted its rating on the stock to Overweight from Equalweight and its price target to $304 from $255, citing an artificial intelligence fueled boost to chip demand.

The relative strength of the tech comes as investors appear to exiting value stocks amid a selloff in banks and energy, which hold large sway in the value sector.

"Investors are buying tech stocks, which would be kind of anti-value," Managing Director of applied research at Qontigo Melissa Brown, told Investing.com's Yasin Ebrahim on Friday. "Many of those stocks, particularly the tech related-names had done really poorly. I think now maybe they look a little bit cheaper to begin with … and if you're not so worried about higher interest rates, then you can justify the move back into those names."

The move into tech, however, isn’t on huge volumes, suggesting that the jury is still out on whether this move has staying power. “But it's not on huge trading volume … it's the marginal player, it's not that everybody's piling into tech,"  Brown added.

On the earnings front, FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) jumped more than 5% after the logistics company upgraded its annual guidance following fiscal third-quarter results that topped estimates.  

Crypto-related stocks, meanwhile, were in rally mode as Bitcoin surged 7%, helping Riot Platforms (NASDAQ:RIOT), Marathon Digital Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MARA), and MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR) rack up gains.

Begin trading today! Create an account by completing our form

Privacy Notice

At One Financial Markets we are committed to safeguarding your privacy.

Please see our Privacy Policy for details about what information is collected from you and why it is collected. We do not sell your information or use it other than as described in the Policy.

Please note that it is in our legitimate business interest to send you certain marketing emails from time to time. However, if you would prefer not to receive these you can opt-out by ticking the box below.

Alternatively, you can use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the Demo account confirmation email or any subsequent emails we send.

By completing the form and downloading the platform you agree with the use of your personal information as detailed in the Policy.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.7% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Back to top

Office network
  • London Office
    One Financial Markets 

    1 Finsbury Market
    EC2A 2BN
    United Kingdom

    T:  + 44 ( 0 ) 203 857 2000
    E:  info@ofmarkets.com
  • Dubai Office
    One Financial Markets 
    OT19-39 Central Park Tower
    Dubai International Finance Centre
    United Arab Emirates
    T: + 971 44 22 888
    E:  info@ofmarkets.com

One Financial Markets is the trading name of Axi Financial Services (UK) Ltd, a company registered in England with company number 6050593. Axi Financial Services (UK) Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (under firm reference number 466201) and the Financial Sector Conduct Authority in South Africa (with FSP number 45784).

The information on this site is not directed at residents of the United States, Belgium, Poland or any particular country outside the UK and is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.

www.onefinancialmarkets.com is owned and operated by Axi Financial Services (UK) Ltd.

Award winning broker
We have been presented with a number of awards that recognise the quality of our service and dedication to our clients :

Best FSA Regulated Broker
Saudi Money Expo

Best Education Product
Saudi Money Expo

Best Broker - Online Trading
IAIR Awards

Best Institutional Broker
Saudi Money Expo

Best FX Services Broker
CN Forex

Top International
FX Broker 2015

Saudi Money Expo

Broker of the Year
Online Trading – Middle East

IAIR Awards

Best Forex
Customer Service 2018

JFEX Awards

We accept the following payment methods: