Nasdaq stumbles, descending further into correction

The Nasdaq is a stock market index that tracks the performance of over 3,000 companies, mostly in the technology sector.


A correction is a term used to describe a decline of 10% or more from a recent peak in the price of an asset. The Nasdaq entered correction territory on Wednesday 25th October 2023, as it closed at 12,922, which was 10% lower than its previous high of 14,358 on 19th July 2023.

The main reason for the Nasdaq’s correction is believed to be the rise in long-term Treasury yields, which increased the borrowing costs for companies and reduced the attractiveness of growth stocks. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 4.95% on Wednesday 25th October 2023, the highest level since June 2021. Higher interest rates also make future earnings for tech companies much more difficult.

Disappointing Q3 results

Another factor that contributed to the Nasdaq’s correction was the disappointing third-quarter earnings reports from some of the biggest tech companies, such as Alphabet (Google), Amazon, and Meta (Facebook fame). 

These companies reported lower-than-expected revenue growth, profit margins, and cloud computing performance, which weighed on their stock prices and dragged down the Nasdaq. Investors expect more, especially with AI – now the new kid-on-the-block.


The Nasdaq’s correction has raised concerns among investors about the outlook for the tech sector and the broader stock market. However, some analysts have argued that the correction could be a healthy and temporary adjustment that creates buying opportunities for long-term investors. 

They have pointed out that the Nasdaq is still up 22.5% year-to-date as of Wednesday 25th October 2023, and that the fundamentals of the tech industry remain strong despite the challenges posed by inflation, regulation, yields and competition.

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