Apple is facing trouble with China regarding their iPhones, causing a decline in their stock.

Apple-Filiale in Peking: Verbannung aus den Amtsstuben

Apple-Filiale in Peking: Verbannung aus den Amtsstuben

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Investors on Wall Street refrained from making moves on Thursday due to fears of persistently high interest rates and a resurfacing trade dispute between the US and China. Technology stocks, which are considered riskier, particularly suffered losses, with Apple being particularly affected as it faced a ban on its iPhones in China.

Due to concerns about expanding iPhone bans in China, more and more investors are selling Apple stocks from their portfolios. The shares dropped by 2.9 percent, following a 3.6 percent loss on Wednesday. Apple suppliers and companies with significant business in China, such as Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments, experienced losses ranging from 1.7 to 7.2 percent. According to insiders, the country is partially prohibiting the use of iPhones at work for state employees and other employees of state-supported employers. This move by China is seen as intensifying the technology and trade war with the US, according to Portfolio Manager Thomas Altmann from asset manager QC Partners.

The labor market is cooling down gradually.

The issues of the stock market heavyweight weighed on the overall prices at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday: The technology-heavy Nasdaq closed 0.9 percent lower at 13,748 points. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 0.3 percent to 4,451 points. Only the Dow Jones Industrial Average of blue-chip stocks gained a modest 0.2 percent to 34,500 points.

The ongoing concerns about inflation and interest rates also weighed on the sentiment, as the number of weekly initial jobless claims came in lower than expected at 216,000. According to traders, this reinforces the fears that interest rates could remain high for longer than anticipated. The US Federal Reserve aims to cool down the overheated labor market with its tight monetary policy, without stifling the economy.

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The stocks in the solar industry, which are particularly sensitive to interest rates, lost value in the stock market. First Solar, SunPower, and Canadian Solar, the module manufacturers, saw a decline of 0.9 to 4.7 percent. Enphase Energy and SolarEdge Technologies, the solar system manufacturers, also experienced losses of up to 2.3 percent. Higher interest rates prolong the estimated time required to reach the breakeven point for initial solar installation investments.

The manufacturer of insulin pumps, Insulet, experienced a nearly eight percent decline in their titles, which is actually related to a positive news. The CEO of the company, James Hollingshead, stated at an industry conference that the new generation of diabetes medications (GLP-1) could prolong the time until a diabetes patient becomes dependent on insulin. „What we could potentially see is that GLP-1 affects the progression of insulin therapy,“ said Hollingshead. Insulet produces and distributes insulin delivery devices under the brand Omnipod, which eliminates the need for multiple daily injections for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. Investors fear that the demand for such devices may now decrease.