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A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Surge; Nvidia To Acquire SoftBank Chipmaker Arm

A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Surge; Nvidia To Acquire SoftBank Chipmaker Arm

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, after falling sharply in the previous week. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to lower prescription drug prices in the US for certain drugs by linking them to those paid by other developed countries.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 215 points to 27,827 while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures traded rose 33 points to 3,366.75. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index climbed 125.25 points to 11,186.75.

The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, with total infections in the country exceeding 6,519,970 with around 194,070 deaths. India reported a total of at least 4,846,420 confirmed cases, while Brazil confirmed over 4,330,450 cases.

Oil prices traded lower as Brent crude futures fell 0.3% to trade at $39.73 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures fell 0.3% to trade at $37.23 a barrel. The total number of active U.S. oil rigs slipped by 1 to 180 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported.

A Peek Into Global Markets

European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 0.1% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.2%. The French CAC 40 Index climbed 0.3%, while German DAX 30 rose 0.1% and London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.1%. Eurozone reported that its industrial production climbed better-than-expected by 4.1% in July, versus analysts’ estimates of a 4% increase.

In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.65%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.56% China’s Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.57% and India’s BSE Sensex fell 0.3%. Industrial production in Japan climbed at a record pace, rising 8.7% in July versus a 1.9% increase in the earlier month.

Broker Recommendation

Analysts at Jefferies upgraded GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) from Hold to Buy and raised the price target from $7 to $8.

GameStop shares rose 8.2% to $6.59 in pre-market trading.

Breaking News

  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced plans to acquire British chipmaker Arm Ltd from SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund, in a deal valued at $40 billion.
  • Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) is set to take over the US operations of video-sharing app TikTok, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) announced plans to acquire Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMU) in a deal at $21 billion.
  • The Washington D.C.-based private equity firm Carlyle Group Inc (NASDAQ: CG) is seeking a $2 billion investment opportunity in Reliance Industries Ltd's retail subsidiary, according to Indian financial daily Mint.

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