Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 1.89% to 26579.79 while the NASDAQ fell 1.27% to 8,903.99. The S&P also fell, dropping 1.67% to 3,077.75. Coronavirus cases continued to rise outside China. South Korea confirmed 438 new coronavirus cases, while mainland China reported 139 new confirmed cases on March 4.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Utilities shares slipped by just 1.1% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Sunnova Energy International Inc. NOVA, up 1%, and NextEra Energy Partners, LP NEP, up 1%.
In trading on Thursday, financial shares tumbled 3.9%.
Kroger Co KR reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.
Kroger reported fourth-quarter earnings of $0.57 per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $0.55 per share. The company reported quarterly sales of $28.893, which slightly exceeded the analyst consensus estimate of $28.83 billion.
Kroger expects FY20 adjusted earnings of $2.30 to $2.40 per share.
Equities Trading UP
Cohen & Company Inc. COHN shares shot up 48% to $5.90. The Israeli company posted a Q4 profit of $0.56 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $0.37 per share.
Shares of Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. CANF got a boost, shooting 20% to $1.865 after the company said it is exploring a collaboration to explore if its investigational asset Piclidenoson, being evaluated for autoimmune inflammatory disease, is effective against coronavirus following reports that rheumatoid arthritis drugs have been introduced for the treatment of the same.
Co-Diagnostics, Inc. CODX shares were also up, gaining 21% to $14.48. Co-Diagnostics said demand, both domestic and international, surged for its COVID-19 detection kits in recent weeks, leading to increased product shipments. The increase comes after the FDA changed its policy Feb. 20 and the number of cases testing positive for the disease burgeoned worldwide.
Equities Trading DOWN
Amplify Energy Corp. AMPY shares tumbled 29% to $2.95 after the company reported Q4 results.
Shares of WideOpenWest, Inc. WOW were down 19% to $5.05 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results.
CalAmp Corp. CAMP was down, falling 17% to $8.22. CalAmp lowered its Q4 sales guidance as a result of coronavirus and softer-than-expected dement for its MRM Telematics products.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.1% to $46.72, while gold traded up 1.1% to $1,660.80.
Silver traded up 0.4% Thursday to $17.315, while copper fell 0.2% to $2.5815.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 1.56% the Spanish Ibex Index fell 2.67%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dipped 1.76% Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 1.73%, and the French CAC 40 fell 2.02% while UK shares fell 1.56%.
U.S. initial jobless claims fell 3,000 to 216,000 in the week ended February 29, versus analysts’ estimates for a reading of 215,000.
Non-farm labor productivity rose by an annualized 1.2% in the fourth quarter, versus a revised 0.3% decline in the prior three-month period. Unit labor costs rose an annualized 0.9% in the quarter.
U.S. factory orders fell 0.5% for January.
Domestic supplies of natural gas declined 109 billion cubic feet for the week ended February 28, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a drop of 105 billion cubic feet.
Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan is set to speak at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari will speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams is set to speak at 8:45 p.m. ET.
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