Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Lower; Campbell Soup Posts Upbeat Earnings

U.S. stocks traded mostly lower this morning, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 100 points on Wednesday.

Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.35% to 33,062.59 while the NASDAQ rose 0.22% to 12,201.80. The S&P also fell, dropping, 0.24% to 4,150.78.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Communication services shares jumped by 0.8% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Redbox Entertainment Inc. RDBX, up 19% and DouYu International Holdings Limited DOYU up 14%.

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

Top Headline

Campbell Soup Company CPB reported upbeat results for its third quarter and raised its sales guidance.

Campbell Soup posted adjusted earnings of $0.70 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.61 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $2.13 billion, versus market expectations of $2.05 billion.

Campbell Soup said it sees fiscal year 2022 organic net sales increasing between 1% and 2%, versus its earlier view of a 1% decline to a 1% rise.

Equities Trading UP

Symbotic Inc. SYM shares shot up 87% to $17.06. Symbotic reported the completion of its business combination with SVF Investment Corp. to become a publicly traded company.

Shares of Arcellx, Inc. ACLX got a boost, shooting 32% to $22.39.

Energy Focus, Inc. EFOI shares were also up, gaining 18% to $2.6950 after jumping more than 46% on Tuesday. The company recently announced a $3.5 million private placement priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules.

Equities Trading DOWN

Loyalty Ventures Inc. LYLT shares tumbled 47% to $5.81 after the company said it will reevaluate its 2022 revenue and EBITDA guidance and said its AIR MILES reward program and AIR MILES' sponsor Sobeys were unable to align on extension terms.

Shares of Phoenix Motor Inc. PEV were down 22% to $5.85. Phoenix Motor priced its initial public offering of 2.1 million shares at $7.50 per share.

The Lovesac Company LOVE was down, falling 16% to $31.80 after the company reported Q1 financial results.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 0.7% to $120.24, while gold traded down 0.1% to $1,849.70.

Silver traded down 0.9% to $21.99 on Wednesday while copper fell 0.5% to $4.4135.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.4%, London’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.1%. The German DAX dropped 0.4%, French CAC 40 fell 0.5% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.2%.

The trade gap in France shrank to €12.2 billion in April from a record high gap of €12.7 billion in the previous month, and reported a current account gap of EUR 3.4 billion. Industrial production in Germany rose 0.7% in April, while Halifax house price index in the UK rose 10.5% year-over-year in May.



Wholesale inventories in the US rose 2.2% from a month ago to $861.8 billion in April.

The Treasury is set to auction 10-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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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 86,782,400 cases with around 1,034,280 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,190,280 cases and 524,710 deaths, while Brazil reported over 31,266,160 COVID-19 cases with 667,400 deaths. In total, there were at least 536,700,990 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,323,740 deaths.

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