Apple and chip-maker Broadcom declined 2.5% and 4.3%, respectively, and weighed on the S&P 500.
Twitter climbed 1.2% after Bloomberg reported that company executives told staff that Elon Musk’s $44-billion deal was proceeding as expected and they would not renegotiate the price.
The S&P consumer staples index fell 2% to its lowest level since December as retail firms face the brunt of rising prices hurting the purchasing power of US consumers.
Kohl’s Corp became the latest retailer to flag a hit from four-decades high inflation as the department store chain cut its full-year profit forecast.
A close of 20% or more below its January record high would confirm the S&P 500 has been in a bear market since hitting that peak, according to a widely used definition.
Goldman Sachs strategists predicted a 35% chance of the US economy entering a recession in the next two years, while the Wells Fargo Investment Institute expects a mild US recession at the end of 2022 and early 2023.
Thursday’s mixed performance followed a drop of over 4% in the S&P 500 on Wednesday, the benchmark’s worst one-day loss since June 2020.
The CBOE volatility index, also known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, fell to 29.5 points on Thursday, after hitting its highest level since May 12 earlier in the session.
Canada Goose Holdings Inc jumped almost 10% after it forecast upbeat annual earnings, encouraged by strong demand for its luxury parkas and jackets.
Volume on U.S. exchanges was 12.7 billion shares, compared with a 13.4 billion average over the last 20 trading days.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.15-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.31-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 1 new 52-week highs and 43 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 12 new highs and 326 new lows.