Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.83% to 28730.49 while the NASDAQ rose 0.23% to 11740.59. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.49% to 3,500.28.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 7,980,890 cases with around 217,710 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 7,370,460 confirmed cases and 112,160 deaths, while Brazil reported over 5,169,380 COVID-19 cases with 152,460 deaths. In total, there were at least 38,971,790 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 1,098,980 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Utilities shares rose 1.2% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ormat Technologies, Inc. ORA, up 4%, and Sunnova Energy International Inc. NOVA, up 3%.
In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 0.5%.
Schlumberger NV SLB reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter, while sales missed view.
Schlumberger reported quarterly earnings of $0.16 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.12 per share. The company posted sales of $5.26 billion, missing expectations of $5.38 billion.
Equities Trading UP
SG Blocks, Inc. SGBX shares shot up 39% to $2.80 after the company and Blink entered into an exclusive Master Development and Production Agreement pursuant to which Blink's EV charging solutions will be deployed along with SG Blocks' container-based modular building structures.
Shares of CIT Group Inc. CIT got a boost, shooting 28% to $25.27 after the company reported strong Q3 sales. The company also announced an all-stock merger with First Citizens BancShares.
Nano Dimension Ltd. NNDM shares were also up, gaining 19% to $5.34 after surging over 22% on Thursday. Nano Dimension recently company priced its 7.35 million ADS registered direct offering at $2.30 per ADS.
Equities Trading DOWN
Calyxt, Inc. CLXT shares tumbled 20% to $4.00. Calyxt priced 3.75 million shares at $4 per share.
Shares of Biomerica, Inc. BMRA were down 20% to $5.84 following Q1 results. Biomerica posted a quarterly loss of $0.14 per share.
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. TACO was down, falling 17% to $8.58 after the company announced Q3 earnings results.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.2% to $40.87, while gold traded down 0.3% to $1,903.10.
Silver traded up 0.6% Friday to $24.365 while copper fell 0.8% to $3.0620.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 1.34%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.67%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 1.73%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 climbed 1.59%, French CAC 40 surged 2.14% and London’s FTSE 100 gained 1.52%.
Germany's car registrations grew 5.6% month-over-month in September, while French car registrations grew 62.4% month-over-month.
U.S. retail sales rose 1.9% for September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.7% increase.
U.S. industrial production declined 0.6% for September, versus analysts’ estimates of 0.5% rise.
U.S. business inventories increased 0.3% in August, versus a 0.1% increase in July.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 81.2 in October versus 80.4 in September.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard will speak at 1:35 p.m. ET.
The Treasury International Capital report for August is schedule for release at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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