Wall Street ended the week on a negative note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by triple digits for a second straight day and other major benchmarks suffering declines of as much as 1.2%. The latest news on the employment front seemed to be the catalyst for the downward move, as initial optimism about future U.S. economic prospects gave way to nervousness about possible responses from the Federal Reserve to rein in the economy before it overheats. Some poor showings from certain individual stocks also weighed on investor sentiment. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Delphi Technologies (NYSE:DLPH), and II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI) were among the worst performers on the day. Here's why they did so poorly.
 
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The stock market dropped on Friday after major benchmarks once again responded negatively to what many would have thought would be positive news. The latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor's September report continued to show improving job counts and falling unemployment rates. But some market participants had wanted to see stronger gains in jobs, while others pointed to falling bond prices and rising yields as evidence of fear about the sustainability of current levels of economic growth. Some stocks, however, were able to overcome the dour mood. Chefs' Warehouse (NASDAQ:CHEF), SMART Global Holdings (NASDAQ:SGH), and AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) were among the best performers on the day. Here's why they did so well.
 
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There's no point ignoring the elephant in the room. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) is facing a very difficult period: It's highly likely to take a heavy hit from costs incurred as a consequence of problems with a GE Power gas turbine blade. And the reality is that even before the issue hit, GE's 2018 earnings and cash flow guidance was under heavy pressure due to deteriorating conditions in the power segment -- the last thing GE investors want, since margin recovery in power services is an integral part of GE's plan to improve its credit rating metrics.  
 
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Square (NYSE:SQ) management told investors at the beginning of the year that it would put a bigger emphasis on financial services this year. The company's core financial service, Square Capital, offers loans to small merchants using Square's point-of-sale tools. The company is now expanding Square Capital to include consumer installment loans for purchases between $250 and $10,000 at Square merchants in 22 states.
 
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Investors will often avoid a stock that has surged in value, believing the biggest gains have already been had. That could easily be said of streaming video pioneer Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), which has more than doubled over the past year.
 
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