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Mid-Day Market Update: Crude Oil Rises 2%; Strongbridge Biopharma Shares Plunge


Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.08% to 28,011.24 while the NASDAQ fell 1.12% to 10,926.95. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.59% to 3,365.54.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 6,631,560 cases with around 196,830 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 5,118,250 confirmed cases and 83,190 deaths, while Brazil reported over 4,419,080 COVID-19 cases with 134,100 deaths. In total, there were at least 29,893,290 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 941,340 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Industrial shares climbed 0.8% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR), up 30%, and 51job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS), up 16%.

In trading on Thursday, real estate shares tumbled 1.4%.

Top Headline

Initial jobless claims dropped to 860,000 in the latest week, versus a revised reading of 893,000 in the previous week.

However, economists were expecting claims to decline to 850,000.

Equities Trading UP

Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: JE) shares shot up 33% to $0.2856 as the company issued an update for closing of plan of arrangement.

Shares of Enservco Corporation (NYSE: ENSV) got a boost, shooting 70% to $0.2165 after the company signed a non-binding letter of intent with lender to amend its senior revolving credit facility. The company said bank debt would be reduced from approximately $33 million to approximately $17 million.

Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) shares were also up, gaining 30% to $33.70 after the company reported a strong rise in its earnings for its fiscal first quarter. The company’s sales also exceeded analysts’ estimates. The company also reestablished a quarterly dividend.

Equities Trading DOWN

The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) shares tumbled 29% to $9.73 after the company reported the launch of $87 million convertible senior notes offering.

Shares of Strongbridge Biopharma plc (NASDAQ: SBBP) were down 19% to $2.26 after the company said that it intends to offer ordinary shares in an underwritten public offering.

Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) was down, falling 18% to $15.61 on a report that noted the company may need to file for bankruptcy if it can't reach a deal with its lenders.


In commodity news, oil traded up 2.1% to $41.00, while gold traded down 0.8% to $1,954.00.

Silver traded down 1% Thursday to $27.205, while copper rose 0.2% to $3.0665.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.32%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.18%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.86%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 declined 0.15%, French CAC 40 dropped 0.46% and London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.24%.

The Eurozone consumer price index dropped for the first time in more than four years, with consumer prices falling 0.2% year-over-year in August. Construction output in the Eurozone declined for the sixth consecutive month, falling 3.8% year-on-year in July.


Initial jobless claims dropped to 860,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting claims to decline to 870,000.

U.S. housing starts fell 5.1% at an annual rate of 1.42 million in August, while building permits slipped 0.9% at an annual rate of 1.47 million.

The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index dropped to 15 in September versus 17.2 in August.

Domestic supplies of natural gas climbed 89 billion cubic feet for the week ended September 11, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts expected a gain of 77 billion cubic feet.

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


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