What's moving markets today: April 3, 2019

By CNN Business
7:36 a.m. ET, April 4, 2019
4:17 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Nasdaq notches five wins in a row as chip stocks boom

From CNN Business' Matt Egan

Wall Street is edging closer to setting new all-time highs.

The Nasdaqjumped 0.6% on Wednesday, advancing for the fifth day in a row. The S&P 500 gained 0.2%, while the Dowadded 39 points.

All three major indexes are trading 3% or less away from their all-time highs.

Chip stocks helped spur the rally on Wednesday. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged 8% after Nomura slapped a "buy" rating on the company. Nomura said AMD's "elevated" valuation is justified by "rapidly improving" profitability and high revenue growth.

Rivals Applied Materials (AMAT) and Micron Technology (MU) also rose more than 3% apiece.

Blue Apron (APRN) climbed 7% after the meal-kit delivery company replaced CEO Brad Dickerson with former Etsy (ETSY) exec Linda Findley Kozlowski. GameStop (GME) declined 5% on a gloomy outlook and disappointing results. 

2:18 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Here's what you missed on 'Markets Now'

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky

Here's what you missed on today's "Markets Now," CNN Business' live show from the New York Stock Exchange:

2:48 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Worried about stocks? This bull market could keep going

From CNN Business' Jackie Wattles

Could there be a few more years left in this already decade-old bull market?

According to Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds, the answer is yes.

Memani told CNN's Alison Kosik during the CNN Business “Markets Now” live show that growth may slow down in the first two quarters of 2019. But the market will pick back up again in the second half, and that’s what investors should pay attention to, Memani argues.

IMF Global Growth estimates are looking good, and signs of a looming trade deal could quell fears of the ongoing trade skirmishes. That means a lot of the hangups investors may have been feeling at the start of this year could go away.

OppenheimerFunds does expect the growth rate to slow to 2% and stay there through 2019 and into 2020. 

Lack of consumer demand isn’t the issue, nor is lower government spending, Memani said. It’s the fact that so many companies bought back shares last year rather than putting extra cash into expanding their businesses. 

“It’s lack of investments that have kept us at a low level of growth,” he said.

Memani is also happy about the Fed’s decision to hold interest rates steady. But refusing to hike rates for the rest of the year could be a policy mistake, he said, because it limits the options the central bank will have later on if the economy starts to look worrisome. 

“Last year they were uber-constrictive,” he said. “The moment the growth started fading, they basically surrendered. Having said that, I would rather have them uber-dovish rather than constrictive.”
1:24 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Five more years of growth?! Why not?

From CNN Business' David Goldman

On CNN Business' "Markets Now" live show Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds, told CNN's Alison Kosik that the stock market can keep growing for five more years.

We have a few more years to go. Stay with the markets!" he said.

So where should you invest?

"The cyclical companies that do well in a good economy are where the action will be. So tech certainly is in that group," he said.

2:46 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Better for the Fed to err on the side of growth

From CNN Business' David Goldman

Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds, told CNN's Alison Kosik on CNN Business' "Markets Now" live show that the Fed may have overcompensated for its hawkish stance last year, but that's better than being too stringent.

Last year, they were uber-conservative. They were restricting policy for no particular reason. I'd rather have them be uber-dovish.
They reduced their flexibility. That probably is a policy mistake. But it's better than when they were tightening policy all throughout 2018," he said.
1:32 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

GameStop's future is streaming

From CNN Business' David Goldman

Mobile, streaming and the death of the American mall are hurting GameStop (GME), which reported miserable earnings Tuesday.

It has a chance the way the Blockbuster didn't, but it has to adjust to the new reality, says CNN Business' Paul R. La Monica on "Markets Now."

1:29 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

Teddy Weisberg: 'Nothing goes up forever' but Fed is good for stocks

From CNN Business' David Goldman

Teddy Weisberg, founder of Seaport Securities said on "Markets Now" he doesn't agree with the Fed's decision to stop raising rates. But that's good news for the markets.

Nothing goes up forever. But what the Fed did by going on hold, they basically formed an environment that's positive for equities overall.
It really creates a positive backdrop for stocks."

1:01 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

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12:26 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019

What to expect on today's 'Markets Now'

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky

Tune in today at 12:45 pm ET for this week's live edition of "Markets Now," hosted by CNN correspondent Alison Kosik. She'll be joined by Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds.

Here's what he'll talk about:

  • Memani says don't worry about weak first quarter earnings. Rather, investors should focus more on the outlook for the second half of the year, which he says is a lot sunnier.
  • He points out that the market is no longer worrying the Federal Reserve will sink the economy by continuing to raise interest rates.
  • Memani will also discuss with Kosik the latest Brexit and US-China trade developments and preview Friday's big jobs report.

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