Market Overview

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Surges Over 1300 Points; Arcturus Therapeutics Shares Slide


Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded up 4.74% to 29,664.63 while the NASDAQ rose 0.69% to 11,977.15. The S&P also rose, gaining 3.18% to 3,621.10.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 9,975,500 cases with around 237,580 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 8,553,650 confirmed cases and 126,610 deaths, while Brazil reported over 5,664,110 COVID-19 cases with 162,390 deaths. In total, there were at least 50,523,500 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 1,258,100 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Energy shares climbed 16.2% on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK), up 38%, and PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF), up 37%.

In trading on Monday, consumer discretionary shares rose by just 0.5%.

Top Headline

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE)/BioNTech SE – ADR (NASDAQ: BNTX) became the first among the vaccine developers to release interim results from the largescale final phase clinical results, with the first interim analysis yielding solid efficacy results.

The mRNA vaccine candidate, codenamed BNT162b2, developed by the combo was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in healthy volunteers, Pfizer/BioNTech said, citing first interim analysis of the large-scale Phase 3 study.



Equities Trading UP

Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: APVO) shares shot up 74% to $41.30. Aptevo Therapeutics reported a limited duration stockholder rights plan late Sunday after Tang Capital Partners reported a 54.4% stake in the company. The company also said a 2nd patient showed complete remission in its study for a treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.

Shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) got a boost, shooting 65% to $4.10 amid positive vaccine news which could accelerate moviegoing.

Sundial Growers Inc. . (NASDAQ: SNDL) shares were also up, gaining 63% to $0.4080 after gaining over 13% on Friday. Sundial Growers is expected to report quarterly earnings on November 11. Sundial Growers highlighted expansion into edible market and will collaborate with Choklat.


Equities Trading DOWN

180 Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNF) shares tumbled 31% to $3.46 after KBL Merger Corp. IV announced completion of acquisition of 180 Life Sciences Corp.

Shares of Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCT) were down 43% to $35.90 after the company disclosed interim ARCT-021 (LUNAR-COV19) Phase 1/2 study results for both single shot and prime-boost regimens, and up to $220 million in additional financial commitments from Singapore.

HighPoint Resources Corporation (NYSE: HPR) was down, falling 31% to $3.75 after the company announced it would merge with Bonanza Creek Energy in an all-stock transaction. HighPoint Resources reported upbeat quarterly results.



In commodity news, oil traded up 9.1% to $40.52, while gold traded down 4.8% to $1,858.30.

Silver traded down 7.7% Monday to $23.69 while copper rose 0.1% to $3.1580.

Euro zone

European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 3.98%, the Spanish Ibex Index climbed 8.57%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index surged 5.43%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 climbed 4.94%, French CAC 40 jumped 7.57% and London’s FTSE 100 rose 4.67%.

Germany's trade balance surplus increased in September to EUR 17.8 billion, beating a consensus of EUR 15.8 billion.


On the economics calendar Monday, there is no important data due out.


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