Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Rises Over 2%; Tactile Systems Technology Shares Plummet

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.66% to 36,192.03 while the NASDAQ fell 0.90% to 15,838.46. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.65% to 4,671.36.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 47,453,950 cases with around 776,310 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 34,376,290 cases and 461,370 deaths, while Brazil reported over 21,886,070 COVID-19 cases with 609,600 deaths. In total, there were at least 251,254,020 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 5,075,040 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares gained by 0.4% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation TAC, up 5% and Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobrás EBR up 5%.

In trading on Tuesday, consumer discretionary shares fell 1.1%.

Top Headline

Sysco Corporation SYY reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.

Sysco posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.83 per share, missing analysts’ estimates of $0.86 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in $16.50 billion, versus expectations of $15.87 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Dover Motorsports, Inc. DVD shares shot up 60% to $3.59 after Speedway Motorsports announced it will acquire the company for $3.61 per share in cash.

Shares of New Relic, Inc. NEWR got a boost, shooting 36% to $123.92 after the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results and issued sales guidance above estimates. JP Morgan upgraded New Relic from Underweight to Overweight and raised the price target from $70 to $150.

Roblox Corporation RBLX shares were also up, gaining 34% to $103.05 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 EPS results. The company also reported Q3 DAUs were up 31% year over year.

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Equities Trading DOWN

LifeStance Health Group, Inc. LFST shares tumbled 24% to $9.72 after the company posted a wider-than-expected Q3 loss. JP Morgan downgraded LifeStance Health Group from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the price target from $24 to $12.

Shares of Amyris, Inc. AMRS were down 31% to $9.00 after the company reported Q3 2021 EPS results were down year over year.

Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. TCMD was down, falling 26% to $27.93 after the company reported swung to a loss in the third quarter and reported worse-than-expected Q3 sales results. The company also issued FY21 sales guidance below estimates.


In commodity news, oil traded up 2.4% to $83.88, while gold traded up 0.2% to $1,831.60.

Silver traded down 1% Tuesday to $24.30 while copper fell 0.7% to $4.3695.

Euro zone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.19%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.05% and the German DAX 30 dropped 0.04%. Meanwhile, the London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.36%, French CAC 40 fell 0.06% and Italy’s FTSE MIB fell 0.97%.

The trade surplus in Germany shrank to EUR 16.2 billion in September from EUR 20 billion a year ago, while current account surplus narrowed to EUR 19.6 billion from EUR 25 billion. French current account deficit widened to EUR 2.7 billion in September from EUR 1.4 billion in the prior month, while trade deficit widened to EUR 6.78 billion in September.


The NFIB small business optimism index dropped for the second straight month to 98.2 points in October.

Producer prices for final demand rose 0.6% in October.

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