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As expected, there was a follow-through in Thursday’s session to Wednesday’s thunderous decline. The extended retreat that began in the premarket continued into the regular session.

Although the S&P 500 index futures entered an area with limited daily support, it was able to find buyers just under the 50% retracement of the recent rally (3715) at 3704.25. The rebound, which started around 10:30 AM EST, was a choppy one. The index made several attempts to reach the bottom of Wednesday’s range but failed every time.

Heading into the final hours, with mega-cap tech weighing heavily on the index, sellers became more aggressive and buyers went on strike. As a result, the index declined by 41 handles to close at 3727.75.

Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) was the biggest winner of the top components of the index. The issue ended a three-day losing streak by advancing by $2.02 or 1.5%. 

That was nearly 3% better than the cash index’s decline of 1.09%.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), which fell victim to negative comments regarding waning chip demand for cell phones, was the biggest loser of the top components. For the session, the issue declined by $6.15 to close at $138.88.


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