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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls Over 100 Points; FAT Brands Shares Jump On Johnny Rockets Acquisition

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.39% to 27,866.59 while the NASDAQ rose 0.33% to 11,048.40. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.19% to 3,373.89.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 5,201,230 cases with around 166,110 deaths. Brazil confirmed a total of over 3,164,780 COVID-19 cases with 104,200 deaths, while India reported a total of at least 2,396,630 confirmed cases and 47,030 deaths. In total, there were at least 20,666,150 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 750,370 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Communication services shares gained 0.6% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE: CHU), up 19%, and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC), up 18%.

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.4%.

Top Headline

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.

Earnings per share came in at $0.80, which beat the estimate of $0.74. The company posted revenue of $12.20 billion, exceeding expectations of $12.08 billion.

Cisco said it expects Q1 adjusted EPS of $0.69-$0.71, versus analysts’ estimates of $0.76. Sales are projected to decline 9% to 11% year over year.

Equities Trading UP

FAT Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FAT) shares shot up 102% to $7.13 after the company announced it acquired the burger chain Johnny Rockets Group for $25 million.

Shares of NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE: NTN) got a boost, shooting 236% to $6.21 after the company reported a merger deal with Brooklyn ImmunoTherapeutics.

GrowGeneration Corp. (NASDAQ: GRWG) shares were also up, gaining 35% to $11.83 after the company reported a rise in Q2 earnings and sales. The company also raised its FY20 guidance.

Equities Trading DOWN

Newgioco Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWGI) shares tumbled 25% to $2.00 after the company reported pricing of $10.0 million underwritten public offering.

Shares of Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) were down 22% to $12.42 after the company reported a Q3 loss of $0.20 per share. Oppenheimer also downgraded the stock from Outperform to Perform.

RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ: RIBT) was down, falling 33% to $0.5549 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q2 results.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 1% to $42.25, while gold traded up 1.3% to $1,974.00.

Silver traded up 6.7% Thursday to $27.72, while copper fell 2.9% to $2.808.

Euro zone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.63%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.62%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.88%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 declined 0.5%, French CAC 40 fell 0.61% and UK shares fell 1.5%.

Economics

U.S. initial jobless claims increased 963,000 in the week ended August 8, versus analysts’ estimates of 1.1 million.

U.S. import prices increased 0.7% in July after rising 1.4% in June. Export prices rose 0.8% in July, following a revised 1.2% gain in June.

Domestic supplies of natural gas climbed 58 billion cubic feet for the week ended August 7, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a rise of 51 billion cubic feet.

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

 

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