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US STOCKS-Wall Street slips off record highs, Tesla drops after fatal crash

Mon 19th April, 2021 9:20pm
* Tesla falls after fatal crash, bitcoin slumps
    * GameStop shares jump as CEO exits 
    * Coca-Cola rises as revenue beats estimates

 (Adds post 4 p.m. close data)
    By Herbert Lash
    NEW YORK, April 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed lower on
Monday, slipping from last week's record levels, as investors
awaited guidance from first-quarter earnings to justify high
valuations, while Tesla Inc  TSLA.O  shares fell after a fatal
car crash.
    The electric-car maker slid 3.4% after a Tesla vehicle
believed to be operating without anyone in the driver's seat
crashed into a tree on Saturday north of Houston, killing two
    The stock was the biggest drag on the S&P 500  .SPX  and
Nasdaq Composite Index  .IXIC . An 8.4% drop over the weekend in
bitcoin  BTC=BTSP , in which Tesla has an investment, also
weighed on its share price. 
    The S&P 500 was mostly lower, with Microsoft Corp  MFST.O , Inc  AMZN.O  and Nvidia Corp  NVDA.O  also weighing
on the benchmark index as analysts await results this week and
next that form the bulk of earnings season.
    Corporate outlooks should indicate to what degree the rally
from last year's lows can continue. Analysts expect
first-quarter earnings to have grown 30.9% from a year ago,
according to Refinitiv IBES data.
    The U.S. economy is poised to boom as consumers hold $2
trillion in savings in excess of pre-pandemic levels, said Doug
Peta, chief U.S. investment strategist at BCA Research, adding
markets are in pause mode.
    "If indeed we do keep grinding higher that would be healthy,
that would suggest that the grinding higher is sustainable,"
Peta said. "The pullbacks along the way are healthy."
    Real estate was the only one of the 11 S&P 500 sectors to
post gains. 
    Nvidia fell 3.5% after the UK government said it would look
into the national security implications of Nvidia's purchase of
British chip designer ARM Holdings, raising a question mark over
the $40 billion deal.*:nL8N2MC3LU
    Coca-Cola Co  KO.N  rose 0.6% after the beverage maker
trounced estimates for quarterly profit and revenue, benefiting
from the easing of pandemic curbs and wide vaccine rollouts.*:nL4N2MC2NX
    International Business Machines Corp  IBM.N , another
blue-chip company, slipped 0.4% ahead of its results due after
the market close.
    "The market has had a huge jump to the upside so it needs to
take a little bit of rest," said Peter Cardillo, chief market
economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.
    "For now it's just a little bit of profit taking as traders
await results from big tech names on Wall Street."
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average  .DJI  fell 123.04 points,
or 0.36%, to 34,077.63. The S&P 500  .SPX  lost 22.21 points, or
0.53%, at 4,163.26; while the Nasdaq Composite  .IXIC  dropped
137.58 points, or 0.98%, to 13,914.77.
    Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.86 billion shares.
    A recent retreat in benchmark 10-year Treasury yields
 US10YT=RR  from 14-month highs has helped high-flying
technology stocks to rebound, while strong economic data has
lifted the S&P 500 and the Dow to record levels.
    The S&P 500 has gained the past four weeks, its longest
winning streak since August 2020.
    GameStop Corp  GME.N  jumped 6.3% on the announcement of its
chief executive's resignation.*:nL4N2MC2ET
    Crypto stocks including miners Riot Blockchain  RIOT.O  and
Marathon Digital  MARA.O  each fell more than 8% as bitcoin took
a hammering over the weekend. Bitcoin closed down
    Harley-Davidson Inc  HOG.N  jumped 9.7% after the motorcycle
maker raised it full-year forecast for sales growth.*:nL4N2MC2GN

 (Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan and Medha Singh in Bengaluru;
Editing by Shounak Dasgupta, Bernard Orr and Richard Chang)
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