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Market Update: S&P 500 Falls Amid Rate-Hike Fears, Earnings Offer Reprieve

S&P 500 falls 0.25% due to rate-hike fears; tech stocks decline more than 1%. The energy sector fell more than 3%, led by falling oil prices. Deere & Company and DraftKings offer market reprieve with strong earnings results. DoorDash shares drop 7% after a wider-than-expected loss.

Charts and S&P 500
Charts and S&P 500

The S&P 500 moved off its lows on Friday but remained under pressure due to a decline in technology stocks as fears grow that the Federal Reserve could raise rates more than expected. The S&P 500 fell by 0.25%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 0.23%, and the Nasdaq was down 0.5%. Big tech companies such as Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple fell more than 1%.

Energy Sector Adds Pressure to the Broader Market

Energy also brought pain to the broader market, falling more than 3%, led by falling oil prices due to worries that further Fed rate hikes will reduce demand. Companies like EOG Resources, Hess, and Halliburton Company declined more than 5%.

Earnings Offer Reprieve to the Market

The earnings front offered some relief, as Deere & Company rallied 7% after upgrading its annual profit guidance and reporting fiscal first-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates. DraftKings also lifted its guidance after its fourth-quarter results exceeded estimates, sending its shares up more than 16%.

DoorDash Shares Drop After Reporting Wider-Than-Expected Loss

DoorDash, on the other hand, saw its shares plunge 7% after reporting a wider-than-expected loss. However, the food delivery company's optimistic guidance suggested that it was still seeing a significant decline in demand from the pressures on consumers. Goldman Sachs lifted its price target on the stock to $71 from $67 but kept its neutral rating.