Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.19% to 26,684.78 while the NASDAQ rose 0.04% to 10,478. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.07% to 3,217.92.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 3,576,430 cases with around 138,360 deaths. Brazil confirmed a total of over 2,012,150 COVID-19 cases with 76,680 deaths, while India reported a total of at least 1,003,830 confirmed cases and 25,600 deaths. In total, there were at least 13,830,930 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 590,600 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Utilities shares rose 1.6% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras EBR, up 10%, and TerraForm Power, Inc. TERP, up 3%.
In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1%.
Netflix Inc NFLX reported mixed results for its second quarter.
The company reported downbeat quarterly earnings, while sales exceeded views. Netflix issued weak outlook for new subscriber additions and also named 20-year Netflix veteran Ted Sarandos to the role of co-CEO alongside co-founder Reed Hastings..
Equities Trading UP
RumbleON, Inc. RMBL shares shot up 85% to $19.84 after the company announced a dealer-centric pilot program with CarGurus.
Shares of Verona Pharma plc VRNA got a boost, shooting 127% to $10.96 after the company announced it raised $200 million in a private placement at $4.50 per share.
ALX Oncology Limited ALXO shares were also up, gaining 68% to $32.00 after the company priced its 8.5 million share IPO at $19 per share.
Equities Trading DOWN
Aehr Test Systems AEHR shares tumbled 20% to $1.9552 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 revenue.
Shares of Cytokinetics, Incorporated CYTK were down 10% to $23.13 after the company priced its 7.3 million share common stock offering at $24 per share.
NIO Inc. NIO was down, falling 14% to $11.12 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock from Neutral to Sell and announced a $7 price target.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.7% to $40.47, while gold traded up 0.7% to $1,812.10.
Silver traded up 0.9% Friday to $19.755, while copper rose 0.2% to $2.907.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.16%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.29%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.24%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 gained 0.46%, French CAC 40 fell 0.39% and UK shares rose 0.65%.
Housing starts climbed 17.3% to an annualized rate of 1,186 thousand in June, while building permits gained 2.1% to an annual rate of 1.241 million.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dropped to 73.2 in July versus 78.1 in June.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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