Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Gold Jumps 1.8%; Dell Shares Spike Higher

Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.86% to 34,022.21 while the NASDAQ rose 1.25% to 14,030.90. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.06% to 4,168.23.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 31,422,220 cases with around 564,400 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 14,074,560 cases and 173,120 deaths, while Brazil reported over 13,673,500 COVID-19 cases with 361,880 deaths. In total, there were at least 138,347,820 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 2,974,830 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Health care shares rose 1.9% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kaleido Biosciences, Inc. KLDO, up 15%, and Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ETON, up 11%.

In trading on Thursday, energy shares fell 0.7%.

Top Headline

Bank of America Corporation BAC reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.

Bank of America reported quarterly earnings of $0.86 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.66 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $22.93 billion, versus expectations of $22.13 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Wilhelmina International, Inc. WHLM shares shot up 39% to $11.58 after gaining 14% on Wednesday. The company's 13D filing recently showed that Modell's Sporting Goods had reported a stake of 18.4% in the company.

Shares of Citi Trends, Inc. CTRN got a boost, shooting 9% to $100.82. Craig-Hallum maintained Citi Trends with a Buy and raised the price target from $125 to $142.

Dell Technologies Inc. DELL shares were also up, gaining 7% to $99.39 after the company announced planned spin-off of 81% equity interest in VMware, Inc.

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Equities Trading DOWN

KLX Energy Services Holdings, Inc. KLXE shares tumbled 31% to $9.97 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q4 earnings.

Shares of AmpliTech Group, Inc. AMPG were down 22% to $6.56 after the company reported pricing of $23 million registered direct offering of 2.715 million shares priced at-the-market.

GEE Group, Inc. JOB was down, falling 32% to $0.5739 after the company reported pricing of $50 million underwritten public offering.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.5% to $63.45, while gold traded up 1.8% to $1,766.80.

Silver traded up 1.8% Thursday to $25.985 while copper rose 2.4% to $4.2260.

Euro zone

European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.45%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.2% and the German DAX 30 gained 0.3%. Meanwhile, the French CAC 40 rose 0.41% London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.63% and Italy’s FTSE MIB slipped 0.19%.

The annual inflation rate in Italy rose to 0.8% in March from 0.6% in the earlier month, while French annual inflation rate increased to 1.1% in March from 0.6% in February. Consumer prices in Germany rose 1.7% year-over-year in March. Spain's trade deficit shrank sharply to EUR 1.08 billion in February.


US initial jobless claims dropped by 193,000 to 576,000 in the week ending April 10.

The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index surged to 50.2 in April from a revised reading of 44.5 in March.

US retail sales surged 9.8% in March following a revised 2.7% decline in the earlier month .

The New York Empire State Manufacturing Index climbed to 26.3 in April from 17.4 in March.

Industrial production rose 1.4% in March following a 2.6% drop in February.

US business inventories rose 0.5% from a month ago in February.

The NAHB housing market index rose 1 point to 83 in April.

US natural-gas supplies rose 61 billion cubic feet last week, the Energy Information Administration said.

The Treasury International Capital report for February is scheduled for release at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester is set to speak at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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