US Tech Stocks Hit Record Highs as Facebook Changes Name to Meta

© REUTERS / Brendan McDermidA Wall St. street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 17, 2019.
A Wall St. street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 17, 2019. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021
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NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Technology stocks on Wall Street hit record highs on Thursday after a name change by Facebook generated positive vibes that sent the Big Tech sector into a rally.
Facebook, whose products also include the applications Instagram and WhatsApp and the virtual reality brand Oculus, announced that it was changing its holding company’s name to Meta.
The announcement was made at Facebook’s virtual reality conference, where the company showcased a preview of its ambitions to build out the so-called metaverse overlapping virtual and augmented realities. More importantly, the rebranding came amid a regulatory probe and challenges to Facebook’s image after whistleblower Frances Haugen exposed toxic business practices and the negative impact, particularly from Instagram, on young girls.
An installation depicting Mark Zuckerberg is displayed outside the parliament in London, Britain October 25, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021
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Wall Street’s tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closed the day up 1.4% at 15,448, after hitting a record high of 15,452.

Facebook itself ended up 1.5% at $316.89 a share, after peaking at 325.35 earlier.

Nasdaq aside, other major US stock indexes also rose. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a blue-chip index which groups mostly industrial stocks, closed up 0.7% at 35,730. It hit a record high of 35,893 on Tuesday.
The S&P 500, which consists of the top 500 US stocks, settled up almost 1% at 4,596. It hit an all-time high of 4,598 on Tuesday.

The stocks rally on Thursday came despite the Commerce Department reporting that US Gross Domestic Product expanded by just 2.0% in the third quarter of 2021, well below the second quarter’s 6.7%, due to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“US stocks continue to rise as the economy shows it was able to take the Delta variant hit in the third quarter,” Ed Moya, analyst at online trading platform OANDA, said.

A slew of US corporations from banking to healthcare, auto, technology and entertainment reported blockbuster earnings in the third quarter.

But some major names in Big Tech, including Amazon and Apple, missed earnings forecasts for the quarter due to COVID-19-related challenges.
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