Stock were little changed on Thursday morning as investors digested fresh economic data ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve meeting and a leadership shakeup at GameStop (GME).
The Nasdaq 100 snapped a 4-day winning streak on Wednesday as the artificial intelligence infused rally appears to have hit a standstill. The S&P 500 has been chasing bull-market territory all week, needing a close above 4,292.44 to officially mark a 20% rally from the index’s October 2022 bottom.
In single stock moves, GameStop, a meme stock favorite, reported first-quarter earnings and announced the firing of CEO Matthew Furlong as part of the release. GameStop board chairman Ryan Cohen was named executive chairman. Financially, GameStop’s first quarter came in worse than Wall Street had hoped for, with revenue of $1.24 billion coming in short of analysts expectations for $1.4 billion.
The company didn’t hold an earnings call, typically an industry standard, to explain its quarterly results or the executive shakeup. Shares of the company fell nearly 20% at the market open on Thursday.
“We remain convinced that GameStop is doomed, with declining physical software sales and a shift of sales to subscription services and digital downloads sealing its fate,” Wedbush managing director Michael Pachter wrote in a note to clients on Thursday. “While we think that the chain might have some value if run in order to harvest profits, we don’t see a turnaround on the horizon without capable management.”
On the economic front, new data from the Department of Labor showed 261,000 jobless claims were filed in the week ending June 3. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting 235,000 claims. Thursday’s report marks an increase from the week prior’s 233,000 claims.
While not considered a major indicator on a weekly basis in the Fed’s decision making, this week’s jobless claims will be one of the final economic data points for the Federal Reserve ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting set to begin next Tuesday. As of Thursday morning, markets are pricing in a 65% chance that the Federal Reserve pauses its historic interest rate hiking campaign at that meeting, per the CME FedWatch Tool.
Josh is a reporter for Yahoo Finance.