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Dow, S&P 500 score best week in a month despite Friday's losses on jitters about earnings by tech giants

By Joy Wiltermuth and Joseph Adinolfi

Snap, Twitter earnings miss fail to derail an upbeat week for Wall Street

U.S. stocks ended lower Friday, after Snap Inc. (SNAP) delivered disappointing earnings ahead of next week's deluge of quarterly results from technology giants.

But the Dow and S&P 500 still booked their best weekly gains in a month despite concerns about a slowing U.S. economy and another big interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve next week.

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How did stocks trade?

Major indexes still booked strong weekly gains, with the Dow up 2% and the S&P 500 advancing 2.6%, the best week for both since June 24, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The Nasdaq rose 3.3% for the week.

What drove markets?

Stocks closed lower Friday, after the S&P 500 index briefly broke above 4,000 for the first time since June 9, with shares of technology and communications companies weighing down Wall Street.

"Snap is really weighing hard on technologies, and the like," said Kent Engelke, chief economic strategist at Capitol Securities Management, by phone.

While earnings expectations have been adjusting to inflation pressures, tighter financial conditions and growing recession fears, "If you miss expectations, you get crushed," he said.

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Disappointing results from Snapchat parent Snap Inc. weighed on the Nasdaq, while the S&P 500's communications sector slumped 4.3% Friday.

Investors are now focused on next week's earnings reports for some of the biggest tech names on Wall Street report, including Microsoft (MSFT), Meta, Apple (AAPL) and Amazon (AMZN), along with Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Caterpillar (CAT).

Economic data also remains in the spotlight as more signs of slowing emerge, particularly with the Federal Reserve widely expected to raise its policy rate another 75 basis points next week as it battles high inflation.

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The S&P Global Market U.S. Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index on Friday showed the biggest contraction in services and manufacturing activity since the start of the pandemic. This comes even as more than two-thirds of the S&P 500 companies who have reported earnings have surpassed Wall Street's expectations.

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"The preliminary PMI data for July point to a worrying deterioration in the economy," said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence. "Excluding pandemic lockdown months, output is falling at a rate not seen since 2009."

But from a purely technical perspective, stocks were likely due for a pullback on Friday anyway, said Kevin Dempter, a technical analyst at Renaissance Macro.

"You've had a 10% rally off the lows for the S&P, and a 15% for the Nasdaq. You're getting to overbought levels, and you're hitting some levels of resistance," Dempter said.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell 12.7 basis points to 2.781%, its lowest yield since May 27, according to Dow Jones Market Data, as investors weigh the odds of a U.S. recession.

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--Barbara Kollmeyer contributed to this article

- Joy Wiltermuth


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