Cari Gundee rides her Peloton exercise bike at her home on April 06, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. More people are turning to Peloton due to shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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The stay-at-home trade that thrived during the pandemic market turmoil is getting clobbered on Wednesday as investors rotated out of red-hot technology names amid the reopening of the economy.
Amazon and Netflix dropped more than 2% each Wednesday, after both hitting record highs last week. Peloton fell 6%, while video game companies Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts both dipped 3%. Zoom Video also tumbled 8.5% Wednesday in morning trading.
These tech stocks had been a bright spot in a market that suffered the worst first-quarter ever and the fastest bear market on record. Investors flocked to those names benefiting from the social distancing restrictions and stay-at home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon and Netflix were among the firsts to fully make back its March losses, both up more than 20% this year.
Showing their influence on the overall market, the S&P 500 fell into negative territory because of the losses in stay-at-home stocks.
However, the leadership shifted to the hardest-hit areas of the market. Some of the biggest gainers on Wednesday were cruise-ship operators, retailers and airlines whose profitability is directly tied to the economic reopening.
Retailers Gap and Kohl’s climbed more than 7% apiece; Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line rose 15.9% and 13.9%, respectively; while Delta, United and American rose 7.2%, 9.5% and 9.9%.
As of Wednesday, all 50 states have begun to reopen to some extent, two months after the pandemic thrust the country into lockdown. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that most of the state’s barbershops and hair salons can reopen with modifications. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state is moving into phase two of its reopening plan, which will allow gyms and bars to reopen on Friday, followed by casinos on June 4.
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