Stock Market Today: Nasdaq Enters Correction Territory After Alphabet Earnings

Solid results from Microsoft weren't enough to offset substantial post-earnings losses from fellow mega-cap stock Alphabet.

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Tech stocks led the way lower Wednesday thanks to disappointing earnings from one mega-cap company. Rising Treasury yields only created additional headwinds, though well-received quarterly results from a blue chip stock helped contain losses for the Dow Jones Industrial Average

Specifically, the 30-stock average finished the day down 0.3% at 33,035. By comparison, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slumped 2.4% to 12,821, ending in correction territory following a 10% drop from its July 19 closing high of 14,358. The broader S&P 500 fell 1.4% to 4,186.

The Dow's outperformance was a result of solid performances for insurance giant Travelers Companies (TRV) and trillion-dollar tech giant Microsoft (MSFT). TRV was the best Dow Jones stock today, jumping 4.3% after industry peer Chubb (CB, +2.0%) reported stronger-than-anticipated third-quarter earnings. 

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MSFT was a close second to Travelers, though, gaining 3.1% after the company reported top- and bottom-line beats in its fiscal first quarter thanks to impressive revenue growth (+29% year-over-year) in its Azure cloud services segment. Microsoft also said it now has 18,000 customers using its Azure OpenAI service, up from 11,000 in July.

"Microsoft delivered strong cloud revenue and remains one of the favorite AI trades going forward," says Edward Moya, senior market strategist at currency data provider OANDA. 

Alphabet loses $169 billion in market cap after earnings

Alphabet (GOOGL), on the other hand, saw its shares plunge 9.5% after its quarterly results showed third-quarter cloud revenue of $8.4 billion, below the $8.6 billion analysts were expecting. However, the search engine giant reported higher-than-anticipated Q3 earnings and total revenue. Today's drop cut $169 billion in market value from the mega-cap stock – the biggest single-day decline ever for a U.S. company, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

Still, CFRA Research analyst Angelo Zino kept a Buy rating on Alphabet stock. "We are encouraged by YouTube subscriber growth given momentum from the NFL Sunday Ticket, greater efficiencies as we note employee headcount was down year-over-year, and AI opportunities ahead," Zino wrote in a note to clients.

Next up on the earnings calendar is Meta Platforms (META, -4.2%), which disclosed higher-than-expected earnings after tonight's close. (AMZN, -5.6%) will report Thursday evening.

First look at Q3 GDP on deck

Investors will also have a heavy dose of economic reports to take in over the next two days, including tomorrow morning's initial look at third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The data "will likely show an acceleration to the fastest growth since late 2021, supported by robust consumer spending and higher energy output," says Bill Adams, chief economist for Comerica Bank. 

The economist adds that it's unlikely this momentum will last. Slowing consumer spending, the restart of student loan repayments, the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike and a potential government shutdown could all create headwinds for the economy, Adams says.

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Karee Venema
Contributing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is an investing editor and options expert at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.