Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 1.51% to 34,938.25 while the NASDAQ rose 1.64% to 14,739.43. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.41% to 4,425.22.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 44,059,040 cases with around 707,780 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 33,894,310 cases and 449,850 deaths, while Brazil reported over 21,516,960 COVID-19 cases with 599,350 deaths. In total, there were at least 236,571,580 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 4,829,760 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Materials shares gained by 2.2% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Loop Industries, Inc. LOOP, up 8% and Nexa Resources S.A. NEXA up 11%.
In trading on Thursday, energy shares rose by just 0.1%.
Conagra Brands, Inc. CAG reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
Conagra Brands reported quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.50 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.49 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $2.65 billion versus expectations of $2.54 billion.
Conagra Brands reaffirmed FY22 earnings guidance of $2.50 per share.
Equities Trading UP
Cyren Ltd. CYRN shares shot up 20% to $0.5861 after the company announced Nasdaq granted its request for a 180-day extension to regain compliance with Nasdaq's minimum bid price requirement.
Shares of Merus N.V. MRUS got a boost, shooting 35% to $27.05 as the company presented early clinical data on MCLA-158 and preclinical data on zenocutuzumab at AACR-NCI-EORTC Virtual International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics.
New Fortress Energy Inc. NFE shares were also up, gaining 26% to $33.36 after the company issued gas supply and economic guidance.
Equities Trading DOWN
Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc OSMT shares tumbled 38% to $1.90 as the company priced its secondary public offering of 14 million shares and warrants to purchase up to 14 million shares at $2.5/piece.
Shares of ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ORIC were down 23% to $14.61 after the company presented initial clinical data from Phase 1b trial of ORIC-101 in combination with enzalutamide and preclinical data on ORIC-114 at AACR-NCI-EORTC.
Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated PRLD was down, falling 30% to $20.17. Prelude Therapeutics announced presentation of data from multiple programs at AACR-NCI-EORTC Virtual International Conference.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.3% to $77.63, while gold traded down 0.1% to $1,760.80.
Silver traded up 1% Thursday to $22.745 while copper rose 1.8% to $4.2230.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 1.6%, the Spanish Ibex Index jumped 2.1% and the German DAX 30 climbed 1.7%. Meanwhile, the London’s FTSE 100 gained 1.3%, French CAC 40 jumped 1.8% and Italy’s FTSE MIB gained 1.6%.
Retail sales in Italy rose 0.4% over a month during August, while industrial production in Germany dropped 4% in August. French current account deficit shrank to EUR 1.3 billion in August from a revised gap of EUR 3.4 billion a month ago, while trade deficit narrowed to EUR 6.67 billion from a revised EUR 7.08 billion. The Halifax House Price Index in the UK surged 7.4% year-over-year in September.
US-based employers reported 17,895 job cuts during the month of September, according to the Challenger job-cut report.
US initial jobless claims dropped to 326,000 in the week ending October 2nd, compared to a seven-week high level of 364,000 in the prior period.
US natural-gas supplies climbed 118 billion cubic feet last week, the Energy Information Administration said.
Data on consumer credit for August will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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