Stocks Appear Headed for 3-Day Slide

Stocks fell on Thursday as investors were concerned about the latest batch of quarterly corporate reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 8.92 points to begin Thursday at 27,210.93, as UnitedHealth dropped 1.5%.

The S&P 500 shed 1.49 points to 2,982.93 at the open, led lower by the communications services sector.

The NASDAQ Composite fell 10.63 points to 8,174.58

Netflix shares plunged more than 9% after the streaming giant reported a surprise loss in U.S. subscribers coupled with slower-than-expected international membership growth.

Those metrics — which are key for Netflix — offset a better-than-expected earnings per share result for the previous quarter.

IBM shares, meanwhile, fell at the open before recovering after the company reported its fourth consecutive revenue decline. Declining sales from IBM’s IT division offset growth in its cloud business.

Morgan Stanley posted better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by its wealth management and fund divisions. The stock rose 0.7%.
So far, more than 12% of S&P 500 companies have reported quarterly results this earnings season. Of those companies, nearly 84% have reported better-than-expected earnings

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury moved lower, raising yields to 2.06% from Wednesday’s 2.05%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices lost 56 cents at $56.22 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices slid $3.50 to $1,419.80 U.S. an ounce.