Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Jumps 5%; Fed Boosts Interest Rates By 0.5%

U.S. stocks traded mixed toward the end of trading, after the Federal Reserve announced its policy decision.

The Dow traded up 0.20% to 33,195.50 while the NASDAQ fell 0.76% to 12,468.74. The S&P also fell, dropping, 0.09% to 4,171.88.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Energy shares climbed 1.7% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included W&T Offshore, Inc. WTI, up 15% and Summit Midstream Partners, LP SMLP up 15%.

In trading on Wednesday, real estate shares fell by 1.1%.

Top Headline

The Federal Reserve raised its target fed funds rate by 0.5% on Wednesday to a new range of between 0.75% and 1.0%.

Equities Trading UP

Livent Corporation LTHM shares shot up 23% to $26.94 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised FY22 guidance.

Shares of Super Micro Computer, Inc. SMCI got a boost, shooting 29% to $55.74 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 EPS and sales results and raised Q4 guidance.

TransMedics Group, Inc. TMDX shares were also up, gaining 30% to $28.34 after better-than-expected Q1 earnings and 2022 guidance.

Equities Trading DOWN

Amarin Corporation plc AMRN shares tumbled 43% to $1.5550 after it said it would continue suspending 2022 revenue guidance and Q1 earnings came short of expectations. The company reported Q1 sales of $94.6 million, down 33% Y/Y, missing the consensus of $128.37 million.

Shares of Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. KZR were down 43% to $7.05 after the company reported topline results from the PRESIDIO Phase 2 trial of zetomipzomib (KZR-616) in patients with dermatomyositis (DM) and polymyositis (PM), chronic inflammatory diseases of muscle.

Tupperware Brands Corporation TUP was down, falling 34% to $11.77 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q1 results and withdrew its FY22 guidance.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 5.1% to $107.58, while gold traded down 0.2% to $1,867.30.

Silver traded down 1.1% to $22.41 while copper rose 0.3% to $4.2970.

Euro zone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 1.08%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.9% and Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 1.04%. The German DAX slipped 0.49%, French CAC 40 fell 1.24% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 1.4%.

Retail sales in the Eurozone dropped 0.4% from a month ago in March, while services PMI rose to 57.7 in April from 55.6 in March. Consumer credit in the UK rose by GBP 1.3 billion in March.

The S&P Global France services PMI climbed to 58.9 in April from 57.4 in the previous month, while German services PMI was revised lower to 57.6 in April from a preliminary level of 57.9. The S&P Global Italian services PMI climbed to 55.7 in April from 52.1 a month ago, while Spanish services PMI increased to 57.1 from 53.4.



Private businesses in the US hired 247,000 workers during April, the ADP said.

The US trade deficit widened to a record high level of $109.8 billion in March. Exports from the US increased by 5.6%, while imports increased 10.3%.

The S&P Global services PMI was revised higher to 55.6 in April from a preliminary reading of 54.7.

The ISM Services PMI declined to 57.1 in April from 58.3 in March.

US crude oil inventories climbed by 1.302 million barrels in the week ended April 29th, the Energy Information Administration said.

The Federal Reserve raised its target fed funds rate by 0.5% on Wednesday to a new range of between 0.75% and 1.0%.

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COVID-19 Update

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 83,240,100 cases with around 1,021,580 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,088,400 cases and 523,920 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,482,420 COVID-19 cases with 663,760 deaths. In total, there were at least 514,751,380 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,266,080 deaths.

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