Momentum stocks tumble, Nasdaq plunges 110

|By:, SA News Editor

The recent selloff in Nasdaq momentum names spilled over to the rest of the stock market today, pulling the Dow and S&P sharply lower from their record highs hit earlier in the session.

The S&P 500's 1.2% drop was less than half the Nasdaq's 2.6% plunge, but its 1,865 close was well below the 1,875 some technicians saw as a resistance level.

The selling that started in biotechs a few weeks ago has carried over into cloud and enterprise software names, Internet and other high-flying tech names.

Looking around Nasdaq, the carnage is evident: ICPT -9.6%, FEYE -8.2%, YELP -6.8%, TRIP -6.1%, TSLA -5.8%, ILMN -5.8%, SPLK -5.5%,NFLX -4.9%, PCLN -4.8%, FB -4.6%, GOOG -4.6%, BIIB -4.5%, CELG -4.3%, WDAY -3.8%, AMZN -3.2%, GILD -2.4%, TWTR -2%.

Recent high-fliers also are seeing a surge in volatility to go along with their declines; the implied volatility of the iShares Biotech Fund (IBB -4%) is near its highest level in at least two years.

Treasurys rallied as the latest employment report eased concerns that the Fed could raise interest rates sooner than expected; the 10-year yield fell 6 bps at 2.732%.