Mid-Day Market Update: Nasdaq Tumbles 300 Points; Sierra Oncology Shares Jump

Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 1.15% to 33,968.17 while the NASDAQ fell 2.20% to 13,549.98. The S&P also fell, dropping, 1.68% to 4,336.24.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 72,958,690 cases with around 891,590 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 39,799,200 cases and 490,460 deaths, while Brazil reported over 24,134,940 COVID-19 cases with 623,410 deaths. In total, there were at least 355,957,770 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 5,624,630 deaths.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Energy shares fell by just 0.5% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Epsilon Energy Ltd. EPSN, up 5% and Ardmore Shipping Corporation ASC up 4%.

In trading on Tuesday, consumer discretionary shares dipped by 2.6%.

Top Headline

Johnson & Johnson JNJ reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed estimates.

Johnson & Johnson reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $2.13 per share, up 14.5% Y/Y over the $1.86 posted a year ago and marginally ahead of the consensus of $2.12. Net sales increased 10.4% Y/Y to $24.8 billion, missing the consensus of $25.29 billion.

Johnson & Johnson expects FY22 total sales of $100.3 billion – $101.8 billion, including $3 billion - $3.5 billion from COVID-19 Vaccine sales. It expects adjusted EPS of $10.40 - $10.60, higher than the consensus of $10.37.

Equities Trading UP

Sierra Oncology, Inc. SRRA shares shot up 42% to $22.07 after the company unveiled topline data for momelotinib in myelofibrosis patients who are symptomatic, anemic, and previously treated with an FDA-approved JAK inhibitor. The company also entered into a term loan agreement with Oxford Finance LLC to support the commercial preparation and potential launch of momelotinib.

Shares of Bally's Corporation BALY got a boost, shooting 23% to $35.97. Standard General, Bally's largest shareholder, submitted proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Bally's common stock not currently owned by the company at a price of $38 per share.

Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. CKPT shares were also up, gaining 13% to $2.4690 after reporting topline results from registration-enabling trial of cosibelimab in metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. HC Wainwright & Co. maintained Checkpoint Therapeutics with a Buy and raised the price target from $17 to $26.

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Equities Trading DOWN

General Electric Company GE shares tumbled 7% to $90.00 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q4 sales results.

Shares of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. AJRD were down 14% to $38.66. Aerojet Rocketdyne on Lockheed Transaction said, 'We believe it is highly likely that the FTC will vote to sue to block the transaction and expect they will make a decision before Jan. 27, 2022.'

Vertex Energy, Inc. VTNR was down, falling 10% to $3.80. Clean Harbors and Vertex Energy mutually agreed to terminate planned acquisition of Vertex’s used motor oil collection and re-refining assets.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 1.1% to $84.20, while gold traded up 0.1% to $1,842.30.

Silver traded down 0.3% Tuesday to $23.725 while copper rose 0.3% to $4.4270.

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Euro zone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.11%, London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.2%, while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.07%. The German DAX fell 0.1%, French CAC 40 fell 0.05% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.44%.

The Ifo business climate indicator for Germany increased to 95.7 in January from a ten-month low level of 94.8 in December. Spanish producer price inflation rate increased to a new high of 35.9% year-over-year in December from a revised 32.2% a month ago.


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

The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index surged 18.3% year-over-year in November.

The FHFA House Price Index rose 1.1% from a month ago for November.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell to 113.8 in January from previous reading of 115.2

The Treasury will auction 5-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Data on money supply for December will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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