S&P 500 Down 1%; Crude Oil Drops Sharply

U.S. stocks traded lower midway through trading, with the S&P 500 dropping around 1% on Thursday.

The Dow traded down 0.53% to 33,377.30 while the NASDAQ fell 0.85% to 11,088.75. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.96% to 3,920.64.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors


Health care shares fell by just 0.3% on Thursday. Leading the sector was strength from Ardelyx, Inc. ARDX and Puma Biotechnology, Inc. PBYI.


In trading on Thursday, utilities dipped by 2%.


Top Headline

 

US jobless claims dropped by 4,000 to 222,000 on the week ending November 12th, compared to market estimates of 225,000.

 

Equities Trading UP

 

  • Bath & Body Works, Inc. BBWI shares shot up 20% to $37.23 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 results.
  • Shares of Ardelyx, Inc. ARDX got a boost, shooting 37% to $1.6750 after the company announced the FDA Advisory Committee voted 9-to-4 that the benefits of XPHOZAH outweigh its risks for the control of serum phosphorus in adult patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
  • Elevate Credit, Inc. ELVT shares were also up, gaining 72% to $1.82 after the company agreed to be acquired by Park Cities Asset Management in an all-cash transaction at an implied value of $67 million.

 

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Editas Medicine, Inc. EDIT shares tumbled 18% to $10.08 after the company announced clinical data from the Phase 1/2 BRILLIANCE trial of EDIT-101.
  • Shares of Tenaya Therapeutics, Inc. TNYA were down 28% to $2.31 after the company announced pricing of a public offering of 22,613,307 shares of common stock at a price of $2.60 per share.
  • DZS Inc. DZSI was down, falling 17% to $11.30 after the company announced pricing of a roughly $28.8 million public offering of 3,377,315 shares at a price of $11.50 per share


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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 4% to $82.17 while gold traded down 0.8% at $1,761.40.


Silver traded down 3% to $20.88 on Thursday while copper fell 2.5% to $3.68.


Euro zone


European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.52%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.12% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.79%. The German DAX rose 0.03%, French CAC 40 fell 0.71% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.89%.


The Eurozone consumer price inflation fell to 10.6% year-over-year in versus a preliminary estimate of 10.7%, while construction output in the region increased 1% year-over-year in September. Passenger car registrations in the European Union surged 12.2% year-over-year to 745,855 units in October.

Spanish trade deficit increased to EUR 6.98 billion in September from EUR 2.39 billion in the year-ago.

 

Asia Pacific Markets


Asian markets closed lower on Thursday, with the Japan’s Nikkei dropping 0.35% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index falling 1.15%. China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.15%.

Hong Kong’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in the three months ending October. Foreign direct investment into China jumped 14.4% from a year ago to CNY 1.09 trillion during the first ten months of the year. The unemployment rate in Australia fell to 3.4% in October from 3.5% in September. Exports from Japan jumped by 25.3% year-over-year to JPY 9,001.5 billion, while imports to the country climbed 53.5% to a new high of JPY 11,164.8 billion during October.


Economics

 

  • US jobless claims dropped by 4,000 to 222,000 on the week ending November 12th, compared to market estimates of 225,000.
  • The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index declined to -19.4 in November from -8.7 in the previous month, recording the weakest level since May 2020.
  • Housing starts in the US dropped 4.2% month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1.425 million in October, while building permits fell 2.4% to an annual rate of 1.526 million.
  • US natural-gas supplies rose 64 billion cubic feet last week, the EIA said.

 

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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 100,054,790 cases with around 1,101,370 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,668,290 cases and 530,540 deaths, while France reported over 37,217,030 COVID-19 cases with 158,000 deaths. In total, there were at least 641,668,210 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,620,360 deaths.

 

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