Crude Oil Moves Higher; Vera Bradley Shares Slide

U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the S&P 500 surging around 1% on Wednesday.

The Dow traded up 0.06% to 38,771.21 while the NASDAQ rose 1.77% to 17,651.35. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 1.03% to 5,430.69.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares jumped by 3% on Wednesday.

In trading on Wednesday, consumer staples shares fell by 1%.

Top Headline

The EIA said stocks of crude oil in the U.S. climbed by 3.730 million barrels in the week ending June 7, versus market expectations for a 1.55 million barrels decline.

Equities Trading UP

  • DDC Enterprise Limited DDC shares shot up 241% to $1.75. DDC Enterprise said it has acquired beloved Asian food brand, Omsom.
  • Shares of Beamr Imaging Ltd. BMR got a boost, surging 27% to $5.57 after the company announced that its Beamr Cloud solution has achieved Powered by Expertise and is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.
  • Avidity Biosciences, Inc. RNA shares were also up, gaining 29% to $37.19 after the company announced initial AOC 1020 data from the Phase 1/2 FORTITUDE trial demonstrating reductions of greater than 50% in DUX4 regulated genes, trends of functional improvement, and favorable safety and tolerability in people living with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. TNXP shares dropped 48% to $1.10. Tonix Pharmaceuticals priced its $4 million public offering of 3,753,558 shares of common stock at $1.065 per share.
  • Shares of ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. THMO were down 25% to $0.4021 after the Nasdaq denied the company's request for continued listing and the stock will be suspended at the opening of business on June 17.
  • Vera Bradley, Inc. VRA was down, falling 17% to $6.41 following a first-quarter revenue miss and weak FY25 guidance.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 0.7% to $78.48 while gold traded up 0.8% at $2,345.60.

Silver traded up 2.1% to $29.85 on Wednesday, while copper rose 0.8% to $4.5450.

Euro zone

European shares closed higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 1.08%, Germany's DAX gained 1.42% and France's CAC 40 rose 0.97%. Spain's IBEX 35 Index rose 0.63%, while London's FTSE 100 rose 0.83%.

German consumer price inflation increased to 2.4% in May from a three-year low of 2.2% in the prior month.

The UK’s trade deficit increased to around two-year high of £6.75 billion in April, while British economy stalled during April following a 0.4% expansion in March. Industrial production in the UK fell 0.9% month-over-month for April.

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei falling 0.66%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index falling 1.31%, China's Shanghai Composite Index gaining 0.31% and India's S&P BSE Sensex gaining 0.20%.

Total passenger vehicle sales in India rose 4.3% year-over-year to 300,795 in May following a 1.2% gain in the prior month. Producer prices in Japan rose 2.4% year-over-year in May compared to a revised 1.1% increase in April.

Chinese annual inflation rate came in at 0.3% in May versus market estimates of 0.4%, while producer prices fell by 1.4% year-over-year in May.


  • The annual CPI inflation rate fell from 3.4% to 3.3% in May, below than the median economist projection of 3.4%. According to Econoday, the economist consensus ranged from 3.3% to 3.5%.
  • On a monthly basis, the overall CPI inflation stalled, decelerating from the prior 0.3% growth and coming in below expectations of 0.1%.
  • The EIA said stocks of crude oil in the U.S. climbed by 3.730 million barrels in the week ending June 7, versus market expectations for a 1.55 million barrels decline.

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