Dow Jones Futures Fall On Apple iPhone Report, Rising Treasury Yields; Biogen Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Decline

Dow Jones futures fell Wednesday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The 10-year Treasury yield moved right up the 4% level, while Apple (AAPL) reportedly is reining in iPhone production.


That iPhone report will likely weigh on Apple stock and iPhone chipmakers such as Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), Broadcom (AVGO), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Qorvo (QRVO).

Meanwhile, Biogen (BIIB) and Japanese partner Eisai reported their Alzheimer’s drug reduced cognitive decline in a late-stage trial.

Early Wednesday, Tesla rival BYD (BYDDF) will hold a European launch event, as it continues a rapid global expansion. China EV startup Nio (NIO) will hold its own European event next week.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures fell 0.6% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures declined 0.7%. Nasdaq 100 futures gave up 1%. Apple stock is a member of the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite. Broadcom, Qorvo and QCOM stock are all on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, along with TSLA stock.

The 10-year Treasury yield rose 3 basis points to 3.99%, a whisker below 4%.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

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Stock Market Tuesday

The stock market Tuesday closed mixed, but after a strong open quickly reversed lower, with the S&P 500 index undercutting its bear market lows intraday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.4% in Tuesday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index dipped 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite climbed 0.25%. The small-cap Russell 2000 rose 0.3%.

The 10-year Treasury yield jumped 9 basis points to 3.96%, a fresh 12-year high.

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Apple iPhone Production

Apple has told suppliers to plan on 90 million iPhone handsets in the current fiscal year, Bloomberg reported. The Dow Jones tech titan had expected to make six million more handsets, but an expected demand boost didn’t materialize, the latest sign of weak consumer electronics spending.

The news broke after extended trading ended, so investors will have to wait until Wednesday’s premarket to get a sense of the impact. Apple stock rose 0.7% to 151.76 on Tuesday, a second straight slim gain. Shares are still below their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. But the relative strength line for AAPL stock is at a record high, according to MarketSmith analysis.

TSM stock, Broadcom, Qorvo and Qualcomm are all at or near 52-week lows.

Biogen Alzheimer’s Drug

Biogen and Eisai late Tuesday reported that their drug lecanemab reduced cognitive and functional decline by 27% vs. a placebo in an 18-month phase 3 trial of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s drugs have been elusive. The FDA, in a controversial move, last year approved Biogen’s aducanumab for Alzheimer’s despite concerns over its efficacy. Medicare has limited coverage of aducanumab, sharply limiting its use.

Biogen stock, after initially spiking in June 2021 on FDA approval, has trended lower for months.

BIIB stock was halted overnight.

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BYD Europe Launch Event

China EV and battery giant will hold a virtual event kicking off its big European expansion. BYD currently sells the Tang SUV in limited amounts in Norway. The automaker will expand to Germany and much of Europe, adding the Han sedan and Atto 3 small crossover to its options. With BYD looking to at least double 2023 sales to four million, it needs to gain a strong foothold in the world’s No. 2 EV market.

On Oct. 7, Nio will hold its own European event. It’ll showcase its 2022 models, the luxury ET7 sedan, the ES7 SUV and ET5, a Tesla Model 3 rival that will begin China deliveries on Sept. 30.

On Oct. 1, Nio will release September and third-quarter deliveries, but the startup expects record sales every month in the fourth quarter. BYD will likely release monthly and quarterly sales a day or two later. They both should be records yet again.

Tesla should release global third-quarter production and deliveries over the weekend. Tesla should report record deliveries, but China demand is a bit of a concern.

BYD stock fell 1.4% on Tuesday to 26.68, near four-month lows. Nio stock retreated 2.4% to 17.19, still in a bottoming base but falling further from its 200-day and 50-day lines.

Tesla stock climbed 2.5% to 282.94 on Tuesday, though it hit resistance at the 50-day line. TSLA stock has a 314.74 buy point from a short base within a long, deep consolidation.

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