CNBC.com's Pippa Stevens brings you the day's top business news headlines. On today's show, Kate Rogers breaks down Chipotle's blockbuster first quarter and massive digital sales growth. Plus, Eunice Yoon is on the ground in Shanghai testing out China's new digital currency.
Dow closes more than 300 points lower following reports of Biden eyeing capital gains tax hike
U.S stocks reversed lower in a swift fashion on Thursday after reports that President Joe Biden is slated to propose much higher capital gains taxes for the rich.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 321.41 points, or 1%, to 33,815.90. At its low of the day, the blue-chip benchmark fell 420 points. The S&P 500 erased earlier gains and closed 0.9% lower at 4,134.98, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.9% to 13,818.41.
Bloomberg News reported Thursday afternoon that Biden is planning a capital gains tax hike to as high as 43.4% for wealthy Americans. The proposal would hike the capital gains rate to 39.6% for those earning $1 million or more, up from 20% currently, according to Bloomberg News, citing people familiar with the matter. Reuters and the New York Times later matched the headlines.
Chipotle earnings smash estimates as online sales overtake in-person orders
Chipotle Mexican Grill is hanging on to recent gains in digital sales as its online orders overtook those made inside its restaurants for the first time.
First-quarter earnings released Wednesday topped Wall Street's estimates. Next quarter, Chipotle will face off against last year's weakest quarter. That means same-store sales growth is expected to surge as much as 30%.
The successful March launch of quesadillas may have been a factor in Chipotle's digital sales growth. Online orders more than doubled during the quarter and accounted for 50.1% of total sales.
A house just rented in the Hamptons for $2 million for the summer
A home in the Hamptons rented for $2 million for the summer, as demand far outstrips a record low supply of homes for sale and for rent, according to brokers.
The number of homes listed for sale in the Hamptons plunged 41% in the first quarter, marking the fastest decline on record, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel. The median sales price, which jumped 31% to $1.3 million, is now 20% higher than the median sales price in Manhattan.
"I've never seen the Hamptons market like this — ever," said Gary DePersia, a top broker in the Hamptons for over 25 years. "As soon as a property comes up for rent or sale, it's snatched up right away."
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