What's moving markets todayBy CNN Business
Recession fears have returned to Wall Street.
The Dow dropped 460 points, or 1.8%, Friday on fears of an economic slowdown. The Nasdaq plunged 2.5%, while the S&P 500 lost 1.9%. It was the worst performance for all three major indexes since January 3.
Investors were unnerved by a leading recession indicator flashing red. The yield on three-month US Treasuries rose above the rate of 10-year Treasuries for the first time since 2007. Slowdown jitters were amplified by weak manufacturing numbers in Germany.
Nike (NKE) slumped 6% on disappointing US sales. Papa John’s (PZZA) closed 6% higher after adding Shaquille O’Neal to its board of directors.
President Donald Trump said he plans to nominate his former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Moore is the author of "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy" and a former member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
He was also formerly a CNN contributor. A CNN spokeswoman confirmed that Moore is no longer a contributor, but did not comment on when the relationship ended.
The Dow fell as much as 400 points on Friday as a leading recession indicator stoked fear among investors.
- The yield on 3-month Treasuries rose above the rate on 10-year Treasuries for the first time since 2007. A so-called inverted yield curve is thought to signal an eventual economic contraction.
And that's not all.
- Poor manufacturing data out of Germany is also scaring investors. The yield on Germany's benchmark 10-year government bond fell below zero on Friday for the first time since October 2016.
- The NBA Hall-of-Famer will also invest in nine Papa John's stores in Atlanta and become an ambassador for the brand in advertisements.
- Papa John's will pay O'Neal $8.25 million over three years for the endorsement deal.
- The stock is now up nearly 25% for the year.
Existing home sales numbers for February blew past estimates.
The National Association of Realtors credited a "powerful combination of lower mortgage rates, more inventory, rising income and higher consumer confidence" for the sales rebound.
Wall Street's journey back toward record highs was dealt a bit of a setback on Friday.
US markets were led lower by a very weak manufacturing report out of Germany that underscores investors’ slowdown fears. The selling on Wall Street wipes out a chunk of Thursday’s 217-point rally.
Papa John’s (PZZA) jumped 4% after naming Shaquille O’Neal to its board of directors.
Avon (AVP) shares rose 4% in early trading following a story that it's considering a sale.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Avon has had talks with Natura & Co., a Brazilian-based rival, to acquire Avon's privately held North American operations and its publicly traded global business. The plan would be to reunite them.
The Journal cautioned that the talks are "preliminary and may not result in a deal."
Avon sold a majority of its US makeup business to a private equity firm in 2015 and has been dealing with declining sales.
United Airlines (UAL) will let passengers choose from non-binary gender options. It says it is the first US airline to do so.
In addition to "male" and "female," customers can now choose to identify themselves as "U," which means undisclosed, or "X," which means unspecified, corresponding with what is on the person's identification or passport.
United said that customers can now also select the title "Mx.," a gender-neutral alternative to titles such as "Mr." or "Ms.," during the booking process.
The airline's announcement comes weeks after Airlines for America, the industry trade group, said its members approved a new international standard for non-binary passengers, effective June 1. American Airlines (AAL) said at the time that it was working on the change.
Delta Airlines (DAL), which is not a part of A4A, also said at the time that it was working on non-binary options for its customers.
United said Friday it worked with LGBT groups, including the Trevor Project and Human Rights Campaign, to implement the choices.
It added that it will be "providing additional employee training to make us even more welcoming for all customers and employees."
Its sneaker and clothing sales grew across the world for the most recent quarter compared with a year earlier: 7% in North America, 6% in Europe and 19% in China.
But analysts expected its North America sales to grow more than that. It also cautioned that sales will slow in this quarter.