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Mid-Day Market Update: NASDAQ Turns Negative; Bed Bath & Beyond Shares Plunge

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Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 1.89% to 25573.70 while the NASDAQ fell 0.79% to 10,409.73. The S&P also fell, dropping 1.50% to 3,122.45.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 3,055,140 cases with around 132,300 deaths. Brazil confirmed a total of over 1,713,160 COVID-19 cases with 67,960 deaths, while India reported a total of at least 767,290 confirmed cases and 21,120 deaths. In total, there were at least 12,062,860 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 549,900 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares slipped by just 0.6% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Veritone Inc (NASDAQ: VERI), up 20%, and Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO), up 9%.

In trading on Thursday, energy shares fell 3.9%.

Top Headline

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales exceeded views.

Walgreens reported quarterly earnings of $0.83 per share, missing analysts’ estimates of $1.18 per share. The company reported sales of $34.60 billion, exceeding expectations of $34.32 billion.

Walgreens said it expects FY20 adjusted earnings of $4.65 to $4.75 per share, versus analysts’ estimates of $5.42 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DSS) shares shot up 26% to $8.15. The company's target acquisition unit, Impact Biomedical, published results from in-vitro testing of two proprietary compounds plus 3F Biofragrance that demonstrated successful surface disinfecting.

Shares of CynergisTek, Inc. (NYSE: CTEK) got a boost, shooting 28% to $2.17 after the company announced it secured roughly $950,000 in renewals.

Birks Group Inc. (NYSE: BGI) shares were also up, gaining 69% to $1.3499 after the company reported a 12.2% year-over-year growth in FY20 sales.

Equities Trading DOWN

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) shares tumbled 24% to $7.93 after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter and announced plans to close 200 stores in the next two year.

Shares of NanoViricides, Inc. (NYSE: NNVC) were down 10% to $7.88. NanoViricides priced its 1.37 million share offering at $7.30 per share.

AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ) was down, falling 12% to $29.05 after the company reported a significant year-over-year decline in Q1 earnings.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 3.1% to $39.65, while gold traded down 0.8% to $1,805.90.

Silver traded down 1% Thursday to $18.975, while copper rose 0.5% to $2.8375.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.81%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.1%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 1.66%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 dropped 0.15%, French CAC 40 slipped 1.16% and UK shares fell 1.7%.

Economics

U.S. initial jobless claims declined to 1.314 million for the latest week, versus prior reading of 1.427 million. However, analysts were expecting a reading of 1.375 million.

U.S. wholesale inventories rose 5.4% for May, versus analysts’ expectations for a 4% decline.

Domestic supplies of natural gas climbed 56 billion cubic feet for the week ended July 3, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were projecting a rise of 55 billion cubic feet.

The Treasury is set to auction 30-year bonds at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

 

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