U.S. stocks traded mostly lower this morning, with the Nasdaq Composite dropping around 1.5% on Wednesday.
Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.10% to 31,868.78 while the NASDAQ fell 1.52% to 11,028.45. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.63% to 3,834.92.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Health care shares climbed 0.9% on Wednesday. Leading the sector was strength from NextGen Healthcare, Inc. NXGN and Community Health Systems, Inc. CYH.
In trading on Wednesday, communication services shares dipped by 3.4%.
Alphabet Inc. GOOGL reported weaker-than-expected earnings results for its third quarter after the closing bell on Tuesday.
YouTube and Network revenue were down on a year-over-year basis, bringing overall Google Ad revenue to $54.48 billion, up from last year’s $53.13 billion.
Equities Trading UP
- New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. EDU shares shot up 17% to $24.71 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 EPS and sales results.
- Shares of ChampionX Corporation CHX got a boost, shooting 15% to $28.40 after the company reported Q3 results and announced a $750 million buyback authorization.
- Community Health Systems, Inc. CYH shares were also up, gaining 13% to $2.40. The company is set to release quarterly earnings after the closing bell today.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Stride, Inc. LRN shares tumbled 25% to $34.77 following weak quarterly earnings.
- Shares of Cardio Diagnostics Holdings Inc. CDIO were down 30% to $4.2056. Cardio Diagnostics Holdings reported the completion of its business combination with Mana Capital Acquisition Corp.
- Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc. TSHA was down, falling 19% to $2.4005 after the company announced a $30 million public offering of common stock.
In commodity news, oil traded up 1.7% to $86.76, while gold traded up 0.7% at $1,670.30
Silver traded up 1.4% to $19.615 on Wednesday while copper rose 3.3% to $3.5075.
European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.2%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.2% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.2%. The German DAX gained 0.3%, French CAC 40 fell 0.2% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.3%.
Loans to households in the Eurozone increased 4.4% year-over-year in September, while consumer confidence in France rose to 82 in October from 79 in September.
- The trade gap on goods increased to a three-month high of $92.2 billion in September from a $87.3 billion deficit in the previous month.
- Wholesale inventories in the US increased by 0.8% month-over-month to $921.7 billion in September.
- Building permits rose 1.4% month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1.564 million in September.
- US new home sales fell to a 603,000 annual rate in September compared to a revised 677,000 a month ago.
- The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on petroleum inventories in the U.S. will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- The survey of business uncertainty report for October will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
- The Treasury is set to auction 5-year notes at 1:00 a.m. ET.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 99,141,250 cases with around 1,093,330 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,645,760 cases and 528,980 deaths, while France reported over 36,666,380 COVID-19 cases with 156,640 deaths. In total, there were at least 633,889,150 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,586,230 deaths.
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