Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Pfizer Boosts FY21 Outlook

Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.08% to 35,942.26 while the NASDAQ rose 0.18% to 15,624.19. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.24% to 4,624.80.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 46,931,280 cases with around 767,430 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 34,285,810 cases and 458,470 deaths, while Brazil reported over 21,814,690 COVID-19 cases with 607,950 deaths. In total, there were at least 247,964,840 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 5,023,030 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Materials shares gained by 0.7% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Materion Corporation MTRN, up 14% and DuPont de Nemours, Inc. DD up 5%.

In trading on Tuesday, consumer discretionary shares fell 0.3%.

Top Headline

Pfizer Inc. PFE reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter and raised its FY21 guidance.

Pfizer posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $1.34 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $1.09 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $24.10 billion, versus expectations of $22.71 billion.

Pfizer said it now expects FY21 adjusted earnings of $4.13-$4.18 versus prior forecast of $3.95-$4.05. The company also raised sales forecast from $78 billion-$80 billion to $81 billion-$82 billion. Pfizer also raised its revenue expectation from the COVID-19 vaccine by $2.5 billion to approximately $36 billion.

Equities Trading UP

The OLB Group, Inc. OLB shares shot up 68% to $7.73 after the company announced support for Mastercard cryptocurrency processing.

Shares of Avis Budget Group, Inc. CAR got a boost, shooting 56% to $267.68 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 adjusted EPS and sales results and added $1 billion to its buyback.

Compass Therapeutics, Inc. CMPX shares were also up, gaining 24% to $3.9910. Compass Therapeutics reported pricing of approximately $125 million public offering of common stock and uplisting to the Nasdaq Capital Market.

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Equities Trading DOWN

Chegg, Inc. CHGG shares tumbled 43% to $35.58 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q3 sales results and issued Q4 and FY21 sales guidance below estimates. Various analysts also downgraded the stock.

Shares of ABVC BioPharma, Inc. ABVC were down 26% to $4.4785 after climbing 137% on Monday.

Triterras, Inc. TRIT was down, falling 25% to $5.57 after B. Riley Securities downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and lowers its price target from $9 to $5. Also, the company reported it did not meet Nasdaq's Nov. 1 deadline to file its annual report on Form 20-F with the SEC.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.3% to $83.84, while gold traded up 0.1% to $1,796.10.

Silver traded down 0.1% Tuesday to $24.045 while copper fell 0.7% to $4.3620.

Euro zone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.1%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.7% and the German DAX 30 climbed 0.4%. Meanwhile, the London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.5%, French CAC 40 rose 0.2% and Italy’s FTSE MIB fell 0.4%.

The IHS Markit Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell to 58.3 in October from an initial reading of 58.5. The IHS Markit Spain manufacturing PMI declined to 57.4 in October, recording the lowest level since March, while German manufacturing PMI was revised lower to 57.8 in October from a preliminary level of 58.2. Italy’s manufacturing PMI climbed to 61.1 in October, notching the highest level since June, while French manufacturing PMI slipped to 53.6 in October.


The Federal Open Market Committee will start its two-day policy meeting today.

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index surged 16.9% year-over-year for the week ended October 30.

The Treasury is set to auction 52-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Check out the full economic calendar here

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