Dow falls 323 points as tech stocks tumble

Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. markets sank Monday as tech stocks continued to fall due to rising bond yields.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 323.54 points, or 0.94%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.3% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed the day down 2.14%.


The 10-year treasury yield traded slightly higher on Monday at around 1.48%, after rising to 1.56% last week.

Amazon stock fell 2.85%, dropping into negative territory for 2021, while Apple dropped 2.46%, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, slipped 2.11% and Netflix declined 1.6%.

Facebook stock plummeted 4.89% as the social network and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms experienced outages Monday. The company also took a hit after a whistleblower accused the company of a “betrayal of democracy” by a whistleblower in an interview on Sunday.

Shares of Tesla rose 0.81% after the company announced it exceeded analysts’ estimates by delivering 241,300 electric vehicles during the third quarter.

Merck stock gained 2.09% as the company announced on Friday that it was seeking an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its antiviral COVID-19 drug.

Vaccine makers saw shares fall Monday with Moderna dropping 4.47%, Pfizer declining 1.19% and Johnson & Johnson sliding 0.68% despite Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday saying the Merck drug should not be a replacement for getting vaccinated.


Markets are looking to rebound from a difficult September, which saw the S&P 500 fall 4.8% for the month, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.3% and the Dow declined 5.3%.