U.S. stocks traded lower this morning, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 100 points on Wednesday.
The Dow traded down 0.32% to 32,548.31 while the NASDAQ fell 0.52% to 10,834.26. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.50% to 3,837.01.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Utilities shares slipped by just 0.1% on Wednesday. Leading the sector was strength from Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. SPH and ReNew Energy Global Plc RNW.
In trading on Wednesday, energy shares tumbled by 1.9%.
Private businesses in the US added 239,000 jobs in October, the most in three months, and versus analysts’ expectations of 195,000.
Equities Trading UP
- Benefitfocus, Inc. BNFT shares shot up 48% to $10.32 after the company announced it will be acquired by Voya Financial for $10.50 per share.
- Shares of Bandwidth Inc. BAND got a boost, shooting 44% to $17.72 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 sales results. The company also issued Q4 and FY22 sales guidance above analyst estimates.
- Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. RYAM shares were also up, gaining 37% to $6.13 as the company posted upbeat quarterly results.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Rogers Corporation ROG shares tumbled 44% to $128.70 after Dupont announced it is terminating its intended acquisition of the company.
- Shares of Tupperware Brands Corporation TUP were down 42% to $4.49 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q3 results. The company said inability to maintain compliance with covenants in its credit agreement raises substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.
- TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. TFFP was down, falling 39% to $1.64 after the company announced program updates for Voriconazole Inhaled Powder and Tacrolimus Inhaled Powder clinical programs.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.3% to $88.09 while gold traded up 0.3% at $1,654.90.
Silver traded up 0.3% to $19.72 on Wednesday while copper fell 0.1% to $3.4690.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.3%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.5% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.3%. The German DAX fell 0.3%, French CAC 40 fell 0.5% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.1%.
The S&P Global Eurozone manufacturing PMI was revised slightly lower to 46.4 in October versus a preliminary level of 46.6. German manufacturing PMI fell to 45.1 in October from a preliminary of 45.7, while unemployment rate in the country came in unchanged for a third straight month at 5.5% in October. The S&P Global French manufacturing PMI fell to 47.2 in October from 47.7 in the previous month, while Italian manufacturing PMI declined to 46.5 in October from the 48.3 in the previous month. The S&P Global Spain manufacturing PMI fell to 44.7 in October from 49 in the prior month.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Japan’s Nikkei 225 falling 0.06% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index climbing 1.15%.
Australian building permits fell by 5.8% month-over-month to 16,455 units during the month of September.
- Private businesses in the US added 239,000 jobs in October, the most in three months, and versus analysts’ expectations of 195,000.
- The EIA’s report on crude oil inventories is scheduled for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- The Federal Reserve will announced its policy decision at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 99,400,950 cases with around 1,095,640 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,655,820 cases and 529,070 deaths, while France reported over 36,842,910 COVID-19 cases with 157,040 deaths. In total, there were at least 636,126,050 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,595,990 deaths.
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