Nasdaq-100 futures slide over 1% as rising bond yields rise spook investors again – MarketWatch

U.S. stock futures tumbled on Wednesday, with notable pressure ahead for the technology sector and rising bond yields in focus, while investors also waited for private-sector payrolls data.

How are stock-index futures trading?
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00, -1.06% fell over 300 points, or 1%, to 33,833
  • S&P 500 futures ES00, -1.25% dropped 1.2% to 4,280
  • Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, -1.46% dropped 1.4% to 14,444

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.92% rose 312 points, or 0.92%, to 34315, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.05% increased 45 points, or 1.05%, to 4346, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.25% gained 178 points, or 1.25%, to 14434.

What’s driving the market?

Rising bond yields were set to derail chances of any follow-up to Tuesday’s gains. Some investors were seeking haven in the U.S. dollar DXY, +0.45%, which rose as the yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.548% gained 2 basis points to 1.544%. European and most Asian stocks fell.

The combined effect of rising yields and a global energy crunch that seems to be approaching the U.S. is triggering “more negative sentiment,” said Saxo Bank’s chief investment officer, Steen Jakobsen, in a note to clients.

“Yesterday’s session failed to take out the previous day’s high, so if the energy crunch narrative builds today with yields extending their rise, then we could see a renewed selloff,” said Jakobsen.

U.S. natural-gas futures NGX21, +1.65% rose 1.3% $6.312 per million British thermal units. after the highest finish since 2008 on Tuesday. Natural-gas prices tapped fresh records on Wednesday in the U.K. and Europe.

Technology stocks looked set to lead any selloff, as rising yields can be a negative for shares of fast-growing companies as they make those future cash flows appear less valuable. 

Read: Analyst forecasts tech stock rebound of at least 10% and says rate fears will soon pass

Economic data will swing into focus for investors, with the ADP employment report for September due at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time. “The next big announcement on the radar is the U.S. jobs report on Friday — a weak number could prompt concern that we are heading for the dreaded stagflation scenario,” said AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould, in a note to clients.

What companies are in focus?
How are other assets trading?
  • Oil futures fell, with the U.S. benchmark CL00, -0.46% down 0.5% to $78.52 a barrel. Gold futures GC00, -0.61% dropped 0.8% to $1,747.60 an ounce.
  • In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -1.84% fell 1.8%, while London’s FTSE 100 UKX, -1.70% dropped 1.5%.
  • The Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.57% closed down 0.5% in Hong Kong, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 NIK, -1.05% dropped 1%. Markets in China remain closed for a holiday.