* Payrolls roughly in line with expectations
* E*Trade and Netflix weigh on S&P 500 and Nasdaq
* Mylan up on report of Meda AB buy
* Dow off 0.5 pct; S&P 500 off 0.9 pct; Nasdaq down 2.4 pct
(Updates to afternoon, changes byline)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, April 4 The Nasdaq tumbled more than 2
percent on Friday as momentum stocks like Netflix and
TripAdvisor sold off for a second straight session.
The big drop in momentum stocks overshadowed the day's
relatively strong March jobs data, which helped the Dow and S&P
500 hit intraday record highs early in the session.
Momentum names - typically high-growth companies mostly in
the tech and biotech sectors that led 2013's rally - have sold
off in recent weeks but appeared to stabilize earlier this week.
Two weeks ago, a drop in Gilead Sciences' stock,
after U.S. lawmakers asked it to explain the $84,000 price tag
of its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, set off a wave of losses in
other biotech and momentum names.
"It's a surprise how violent the selloff in some of these
momentum stocks is. They have had an enormous run up, and you
can come up with all kinds of things as reasons. But my sense is
if you need to sell something to pay the big capital gains from
last year ... they might be good candidates to sell," said Eric
Kuby, chief investment officer at North Star Investment
Management Corp in Chicago.
The Nasdaq biotech index was last down 3.5 percent
and 1 percent lower for the week. It has dropped 17 percent
since reaching a high on Feb. 25.
On the day, Biogen Idec Inc was down 3.7 percent at
$290.83, while Gilead Sciences was down 2.6 percent at
The S&P 500's top seven percentage decliners were Nasdaq
names. E*Trade Financial was down 7.5 percent at
$20.50, Netflix dropped 4.2 percent to $337.72 and
TripAdvisor was down 7 percent at $84.93.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 84.9 points or
0.51 percent, to 16,487.65, the S&P 500 lost 16.79 points
or 0.89 percent, to 1,871.98 and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 100.27 points or 2.37 percent, to 4,137.47.
The S&P 500 earlier touched a record high of 1,897.28, the
third time this week that the index had set an intraday record,
while the Dow hit an intraday record high of 16,631.63.
Stocks opened higher on optimism spurred by the nonfarm
payrolls report, which showed employers added 192,000 jobs in
March, just shy of the 200,000 forecast, after hiring 197,000 in
February. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent.
With a solid pace of hiring for a second month, the economy
appears to be recovering from a winter slowdown.
Mylan Inc rose 4.2 percent to $51.95 after a report
said the company was looking to acquire Swedish rival Meda AB
. Meda, though, said on Friday that it had rejected
Mylan's takeover approach. On Thursday, Mylan
sued Celgene Corp to stop the latter's effort to keep
generic versions of two drugs that generate $4.5 billion of
annual sales off the market.
Halozyme Therapeutics Inc plunged 27.8 percent to
$8.36 after the company said it was temporarily halting
enrollment of patients and dosing of its cancer drug in a
mid-stage trial on patients with pancreatic cancer, after the
recommendation of an independent safety committee.
(Additional reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by
Bernadette Baum, Nick Zieminski and Jan Paschal)