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Stock market today: Wall Street drifts lower as bitcoin bounces even higher

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2020 file photo shows the sign of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks drifted lower on Wall Street on a down day for tech stocks. The S&P 500 fell 0.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% Wednesday, and the Nasdaq composite sank 0.5% a day after nearing its record set in 2021. The market regressed as Nividia and other Big Tech stocks pulled back a bit from their dominating run. Treasury yields also eased in the bond market after a report said the U.S. economy likely grew a touch slower at the end of 2023 than earlier estimated. Bitcoin briefly topped $63,000 for the first time since 2021, helping to lift stocks of crypto-related companies.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting Wednesday and pulling back a bit more from their all-time highs.

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in afternoon trading, continuing a quiet and listless run since it set a record last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 109 points, or 0.3%, as of 1:10 p.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.6% lower a day after pulling within 0.1% of its record set in 2021.

Treasury yields were also holding relatively steady in the bond market after a report said the U.S. economy likely grew a touch slower at the end of 2023 than earlier estimated. The growth was nevertheless still solid, as the economy continues to defy expectations of a recession despite high interest rates meant to bring down inflation.

Apple and Google's parent company, Alphabet, were among the heaviest weights on the market. Those stocks are among a small group that has been disproportionately responsible for the S&P 500's run to records, which is often a concerning signal, according to Scott Wren, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. Broad gains among a wide variety of stocks are typically a more favorable sign that strength can continue.

Bumble tumbled 13.2% after it reported weaker results for the latest quarter than analysts expected. The dating and friend-making app company, which recently revamped its leadership team, also gave a forecast for revenue this upcoming year that fell short of analysts’.

Boston Beer, the company behind Samuel Adams, slid 18.4% after reporting a larger loss than analysts expected. It was hurt by declines for its Truly seltzer.

Urban Outfitters dropped 15.4% after the retailer reported weaker results than expected. The company, which also runs Anthropologie stores, said sales are continuing to weaken at its Urban Outfitters locations.

Helping to limit the market’s losses was eBay, which rose 7.9% after reporting stronger results than analysts expected. Agilent Technologies was another strong force pushing upward on the S&P 500, rising 4.3% after beating forecasts for both profit and revenue.

Coinbase gained 2.3% to continue its strong run as bitcoin’s price keeps rallying. New exchange-traded funds that make investing in bitcoin easier have raised interest in the cryptocurrency, with BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin fund alone quickly growing to $7 billion in assets, for example.

That has helped bitcoin's price top $61,000 for the first time since 2021. It’s pulling closer to its record of nearly $69,000 after rising more than 40% this year so far.

Beyond Meat soared 42% even though it reported much weaker results for the latest quarter than expected. Its revenue was slightly better than forecast after falling less than expected, and it said its profitability will likely increase through 2024.

Axon Enterprise, the company that makes Tasers, body cameras and other equipment, also turned in a better-than-expected profit report, and its stock gained 14.2%. It’s also forecasting growth in revenue of up to 24% this year.

In stock markets abroad, indexes fell across much of Asia and Europe.

Stocks fell 1.9% in Shanghai and 1.5% in Hong Kong. China’s largest private property developer, Country Garden, said Wednesday it's facing a liquidation petition after failing to repay a term loan facility worth 1.6 billion Hong Kong dollars ($204.5 million). The first hearing in the case is scheduled for May 17.

The move comes after China Evergrande, the world’s most heavily indebted real estate developer, was ordered to undergo liquidation following a failed effort to restructure $300 billion in late January.


AP Writers Matt Ott and Zimo Zhong contributed.

Stan Choe, The Associated Press

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