Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.89% to 33,834 while the NASDAQ fell 0.71% to 13,850. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.76% to 4,141.60.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 31,862,980 cases with around 569,400 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 15,930,770 cases and 184,650 deaths, while Brazil reported over 14,122,790 COVID-19 cases with 381,470 deaths. In total, there were at least 143,962,150 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 3,061,470 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Industrials shares slipped by just 0.1% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Aenza S.A.A. AENZ, up 29%, and Equifax Inc. EFX, up 16%.
In trading on Thursday, materials shares fell 1.4%.
AT&T Inc. T reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.
AT&T reported quarterly earnings of $0.86 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.78 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $43.94 billion, versus expectations of $42.69 billion.
AT&T expects a 1% annual consolidated revenue growth and stable EPS with FY20.
Equities Trading UP
Teradata Corporation TDC shares shot up 25% to $50.04 after the company boosted its Q1 earnings guidance.
Shares of Renalytix AI plc RNLX got a boost, shooting 18% to $29.82 after the company announced that the U.S. government has granted the company a 10-year Governmentwide Acquisition Contract to provide KidneyIntelX early stage kidney disease bioprognostic testing services.
Qualtrics International Inc. XM shares were also up, gaining 21% to $41.07 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.
Equities Trading DOWN
Evolus, Inc. EOLS shares tumbled 11% to $111.23 after the company priced its public offering of 9 million shares of its common stock at a price of $9.50 per share for raising gross proceeds of about $85.5 million.
Shares of Sleep Number Corporation SNBR were down 11% to $111.23 after the company reported Q1 earnings results.
SEI Investments Company SEIC was down, falling 10% to $56.68 following Q1 results. Morgan Stanley maintained SEI Investments with an Equal-Weight and lowered the price target from $75 to $74.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.1% to $61.39, while gold traded down 0.7% to $1,781.10.
Silver traded down 1.4% Thursday to $26.19 while copper fell 0.4% to $4.2610.
European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.68%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.61% and the German DAX 30 gained 0.82%. Meanwhile, the French CAC 40 rose 0.91% London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.62% and Italy’s FTSE MIB gained 0.98%.
Italy's industrial sales increased 0.2% in February following a revised 2.6% rise in January. French manufacturing climate indicator climbed to 104 in April from a revised reading of 99 in March. Eurozone’s government deficit to GDP ratio climbed to 7.2% in 2020 compared to 0.6% in 2019. UK’s CBI's quarterly gauge of manufacturing optimism surged to 38 in the second quarter, compared to -22 in the earlier three-month period.
US initial jobless claims fell to 547,000 in the week ending April 17th.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index surged to 1.71 in March from a revised reading of -1.2 in February.
US existing home sales dropped 3.7% to an annual rate of 6.01 million for March.
The index of leading economic indicators increased 1.3% for March.
US natural-gas supplies climbed 38 billion cubic feet last week, the Energy Information Administration said.
The Kansas City Fed's manufacturing production index surged 17 points to a reading of 40 in April.
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