U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining more than 200 points on Tuesday.
The Dow traded up 1.08% to 34,783.91 while the NASDAQ rose 1.60% to 13,545.62. The S&P also rose, gaining, 1.17% to 4,442.95.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Consumer discretionary shares jumped by 2.2% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Sono Group N.V. SEV, up 72% and The RealReal, Inc. REAL up 9%.
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares fell 0.7%.
Johnson & Johnson JNJ reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, but suspended sales forecast for COVID-19 vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson reported Q1 FY22 adjusted earnings of $2.67 per share, up 3.1% Y/Y and ahead of the consensus of $2.61. Net sales increased 5% Y/Y (7.9% on an operational basis) to $23.43 billion, missing the consensus of $23.67 billion.
Johnson & Johnson expects an FY22 adjusted profit forecast of $10.15 - $10.35 per share, lower than the prior forecast of $10.40 - $10.60. The consensus estimate is $10.51. The Company expects sales of $97.3 billion – $98.3 billion, versus the consensus of $$99.31 billion. JNJ has suspended its sales forecast for the COVID-19 vaccine due to global supply surplus and demand uncertainty.
Equities Trading UP
Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CMPI shares shot up 328% to $10.40 after Regeneron announced a deal to acquire the company for $10.50 per share in cash.
Shares of Sono Group N.V. SEV got a boost, shooting 72% to $7.96. The company earlier issued a 2021 corporate update highlighting project deliveries and partner arrangements.
ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. TBLT shares were also up, gaining 40% to $0.2048 as the company posted a narrower FY21 loss.
Equities Trading DOWN
System1, Inc. SST shares tumbled 34% to $13.53 as the company disclosed a previously-issued (from Feb. 9, 2022) shelf registration statement went into effect.
Shares of Enservco Corporation ENSV were down 15% to $3.1010. Enservco shares gained 38% on Monday after the company announced the delay of its 2021 10-K filing to adjust for its utilization of certain deferred tax liabilities in 2021.
DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. XRAY was down, falling 12% to $42.72 after the company issued Q1 2022 adjusted EPS guidance below estimates and announced the appointment of John Groetelaars as Interim Chief Executive Officer.
In commodity news, oil traded down 4.7% to $103.11, while gold traded down 1.5% to $1,956.50.
Silver traded down 3.1% Tuesday to $25.34 while copper fell 2% to $4.7070.
European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.77%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.2%, while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.06%. The German DAX slipped 0.07%, French CAC 40 fell 0.83% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dipped 0.96%.
Housing starts in the US rose 0.3% to an annualized rate of 1.793 million in March, while building permits rose 0.4% to an annual rate of 1.873 million.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari will speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 82,377,150 cases with around 1,015,790 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,045,520 cases and 521,990 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,261,080 COVID-19 cases with 662,070 deaths. In total, there were at least 505,279,780 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,225,190 deaths.
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