Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.59% to 35,811.07 while the NASDAQ fell 0.43% to 15,989.15. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.43% to 4,718.05.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 48,592,810 cases with around 793,650 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 34,518,900 cases and 465,910 deaths, while Brazil reported over 22,017,270 COVID-19 cases with 612,720 deaths. In total, there were at least 257,960,480 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 5,170,620 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Energy shares gained by 2.4% on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Camber Energy, Inc. CEI, up 20% and Amplify Energy Corp. AMPY up 12%.
In trading on Monday, communications services shares fell 0.7%.
Avaya Holdings Corp AVYA reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter on Monday.
Avaya reported fourth-quarter FY21 revenue of $760 million, up 0.7% year-on-year, beating the consensus of $738.5 million. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.77 beat the consensus of $0.72.
Equities Trading UP
iSpecimen Inc. ISPC shares shot up 95% to $9.58 after the company announced it has been contracted to support new advanced research on COVID-19 seeking insights on its transmissibility, variants, outcomes, and testing validity among multiple population segments.
Shares of Lee Enterprises, Incorporated LEE got a boost, shooting 25% to $23.09. Alden Global Capital confirmed earlier report that the company offered to acquire Lee Enterprises for $24 per share.
Vonage Holdings Corp. VG shares were also up, gaining 26% to $20.60 after the company announced it would be acquired by Ericsson in a $6.2 billion acquisition.
Equities Trading DOWN
Niu Technologies NIU shares tumbled 17% to $20.04. Niu Technologies reported third-quarter FY21 sales growth of 37.1% year-on-year, to RMB 1.23 billion ($190.3 million), missing the analyst consensus of $217.3 million.
Shares of Cerence Inc. CRNC were down 20% to $82.87. Cerence reported fourth-quarter FY21 revenue growth of 7.5% year-on-year to $98.1 million. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.66 beat the consensus of $0.56. Meanwhile, the company provided the first quarter and fiscal 2022 forecast below Wall Street view, amidst production challenges faced by its customers due to semiconductor shortages.
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. AUPH was down, falling 30% to $20.02.
Biotech reporter Adam Feuerstein tweets '$AUPH didn't just file a mixed shelf on Friday, it also entered into a $250M ATM stock sale agreement with Cantor Fitzgerald. The buyout speculation looks well past its expiration date.'
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.8% to $76.53, while gold traded down 2.4% to $1,806.50.
Silver traded down 2% Monday to $24.285 while copper fell 0.3% to $4.3950.
European shares closed mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.13%, the Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.78% and the German DAX 30 dropped 0.27%. Meanwhile, the London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.44%, French CAC 40 fell 0.10% and Italy’s FTSE MIB gained 0.17%.
Spain's trade deficit widened to EUR 2.4 billion in September from EUR 1.5 billion in the year-ago period.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to a three-month high of +0.76 in October from -0.18 in the previous month.
Existing home sales in the US rose 0.8% to an annualized 6.34 million in October.
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