(Reuters) – Nasdaq futures bounced on Wednesday following a brutal sell-off in heavyweight technology stocks that sent the Nasdaq Composite index into correction territory in just three sessions.
The tech-heavy stock index () tumbled 4.1% on Tuesday, bringing total losses since Sept. 2 to 10%, with declines led by stocks such as Amazon.com Inc (O:), Facebook Inc (O:) and Netflix Inc (O:) after a rally dominated by the so-called “stay-at-home” winners.
Investors were also unnerved by heavy trades in tech stock call options by SoftBank Group Corp (T:) during the run up in U.S. equities. A measure of demand for protective put options in relation to call options, used to bet on upside, has risen sharply.
Tesla Inc (O:) surged 7% in premarket trading after shedding about $80 billion of its market capitalization in the previous session following its surprise exclusion from the S&P 500.
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Wall Street’s fear gauge () slipped further away from near three-month highs as stock markets also shrugged off news about AstraZeneca (L:) pausing global trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after an unexplained illness in a participant.
Lululemon Athletica Inc (O:) dropped 4.9% after the yogawear maker forecast a drop in current-quarter adjusted profit due to higher marketing expenses.
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