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By CNN Business
5:14 p.m. ET, March 11, 2019
4:58 p.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Stitch Fix shares pop 19% after hours on strong holiday quarter

From CNN Business' Nathaniel Meyersohn

Stitch Fix (SFIX), the online style service that made its public debut two years ago, isn't slowing down.

The company's sales grew 25% during its most recent quarter compared with a year earlier. It was Stitch Fix's sixth straight quarter of sales growth above 20%.

Stitch Fix also grew its active customer base to 3 million, an 18% increase from the same time a year earlier. Investors pay close attention to the metric because it shows that Stitch Fix is reaching new customers.

The company also managed to turn a profit during its most recent quarter. CEO Katrina Lakesaid Stitch Fix demonstrated its ability to "drive consistent business performance."

Stitch Fix's stock rallied 19% after hours.

4:51 p.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Invites are out! Apple's movie-themed event is March 25

From CNN Business' Heather Kelly

Apple (AAPL) is holding what appears to be a movie-themed press conference at its Cupertino headquarters on Monday, March 25, according to invites that were sent to reporters Monday. The invite starts with a black-and-white movie countdown animation and bears the unsubtle tagline,

It's show time."

The company is expected to announce its long rumored video-streaming platform to take on Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Apple has been paying for original content but doesn't yet have a subscription service to distribute it. The report also says some big name stars will be at the event, including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

In addition to a streaming service, the company is expected to announce a premium news subscription service, according to multiple reports. While rumors around any hardware announcements are a bit fuzzier, there could be updated AirPods or iPads.

4:10 p.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Dow climbs 201 points as Boeing recovers; Tech stocks roar

From CNN Business' Matt Egan

Wall Street's five-day losing streak is over.

The Dow jumped 201 points, or 0.8%, on Monday, recovering from an early slide of as much as 242 points.

The S&P 500 advanced 1.4%. The Nasdaq soared 1.9%, its best day since January 30.

Boeing (BA) closed down 5%, sharply rebounding from a plunge of 13% during early trading. Some foreign airlines grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 jet after 157 people died aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed Sunday. However, US carriers American Airlines (AAL) and Southwest (LUV) expressed confidence in the Boeing jet.

"The market’s ability to rally so strong today in light of the weakness in BA is impressive," Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group, wrote in a note to clients.

Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), which makes Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, fell 4%. 

Tech stocks were very strong Monday, with Facebook (FB) advancing 1.5% and Nvidia (NVDA) soaring 7%. Apple (AAPL), which announced plans late in the day to hold an event on March 25, jumped 3.5%.

The rally represents a rebound from the 2% slide for the Dow and S&P 500 last week, which was the worst of 2019. 

12:22 p.m. ET, March 11, 2019

The Dow rebounds

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky

The Dow, which opened down nearly 250 points, is now in the green. Here's a look:

  • The Dow is up 80 points, or 0.31%
  • Nasdaq is up 120 points, or 1.60%
  • S&P is up 30 points, or 1.17%

Boeing (BA) shares are off their earlier lows: Shares are now down 7%.

Nvidia (NVDA) shares are up more than 5%. The company announced it's buying chip maker Mellanox for $6.9 billion.

Newmont Mining (NEM) shares turned negative — down 2% — after announcing a joint venture with Barrick Gold.

11:20 a.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Boeing won't issue new guidance 'at this point'

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky

Boeing (BA) has released a new statement in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash of a 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Here's Boeing's full statement obtained by CNN's Jim Sciutto:

"We have engaged our customers and regulators on concerns they may have — and would refer you to them to discuss their operations and decisions. Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators."
10:27 a.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Boeing pushes the Dow lower; Broader markets rise

From CNN Business' Matt Egan

Boeing is single-handedly pushing the Dow lower following the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend.

  • The Dow fell as much as 242 points on Monday morning before rebounding. It was recently down just 40 points
  • The S&P 500 gained 0.7%, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.1%.

Boeing (BA) dropped as much as 13.5% following the second crash of its 737 MAX 8 jet in five months. All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight were killed.

Boeing stock recovered somewhat and was recently down about 8%. If Boeing closes down by more than 10.4%, it would be its worst day since September 17, 2001, the first day of trading following the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Boeing slide had an outsized impact on the Dow because the aerospace company is the most expensive stock in the index -- and the index is price-weighted.

Southwest Airlines (LUV), which operates the largest fleet of 737 Max 8 jets, fell 2%.

The mixed open comes after the Dow and S&P 500 fell 2% last week, their worst of 2019.

9:45 a.m. ET, March 11, 2019

Retail sales bounce back after a brutal December

From CNN Business' Paul R. La Monica

Americans were back shopping in stores -- and on their phones -- in January following an unusually large drop in retail sales for December.

The Census Bureau said Monday that overall retail sales rose 0.2% in January compared to last month. That was better than expected and follows a steep 1.6% monthly drop in December.

So where were consumers spending? At home improvement stores and online. Sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers like Home Depot (HD) surged 8.7 percent from a year ago while non-store retailers, the category that includes Amazon (AMZN) and other e-commerce sites, rose 7.3 percent from last year.

The resilience of the US consumer has been great news for investors too. S&P Global Market Intelligence noted in a recent report about the 10-year anniversary of the bull market that retail has been the best performing sector in the stock market over the past decade.