NEW YORK —
In other company news Wednesday, Ralph Lauren was among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500.
The luxury retailer rose $9.33, or 5.5 percent, to $180.52 after raising its sales forecast for the year in anticipation of a strong holiday season. Ralph Lauren also increased its quarterly dividend by 12.5 percent to 45 cents.
Tesla Motors was among the biggest decliners in the Nasdaq. The electric carmaker’s stock sank $25.65, or 14.5 percent, to $151.16 after it reported a loss; analysts had been expecting a profit. The stock is still up almost 350 percent this year after the company turned a profit and won raves for its Model S sedan, which starts at $70,000.
The drop in Tesla’s stock was so steep that it triggered a “circuit breaker” on the Nasdaq exchange.
The rule, introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent big stock declines from snowballing, puts restrictions on short-selling a stock that has dropped 10 percent or more from the previous day’s closing price. When traders sell stocks short, they borrow the stock and immediately sell it in the hope of being able to buy the shares back later at a lower price.
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