Nasdaq Surges Over 200 Points; Crude Oil Rises 2%

U.S. stocks traded higher midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining more than 200 points on Monday.

The Dow traded up 0.70% to 33,865.87 while the NASDAQ rose 2.09% to 10,790.16. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 1.25% to 3,943.66.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors


Information technology shares gained by 2.8% on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. DCT, up 47%, and Bitfarms Ltd. BITF, up 34%.


In trading on Monday, health care shares fell by 0.4%.


Top Headline


Acuity Brands, Inc AYI reported better-than-expected earnings and sales results for its first quarter.


Acuity Brands reported first-quarter FY23 net sales growth of 7.8% year-over-year to $997.9 million, beating the consensus of $984.5 million. Adjusted EPS of $3.29 beat the consensus of $3.00.

 


Equities Trading UP

 

  • CinCor Pharma, Inc. CINC shares shot up 143% to $28.68 after AstraZeneca announced it will acquire the company for $26 per share in cash.
  • Shares of Amryt Pharma plc AMYT got a boost, shooting 108% to $14.60 after Chiesi Farmaceutici announced it will acquire the company for $14.50 per ADS plus contingent value rights of up to an additional $2.50 per ADS.
  • Albireo Pharma, Inc. ALBO shares were also up, gaining 93% to $44.00 after Ipsen announced it will acquire the company for $42 per share plus a contingent value right of $10 per share.

 

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Calithera Biosciences, Inc. CALA shares tumbled 81% to $0.6801. Calithera Biosciences announced board approval of complete liquidation and dissolution.
  • Shares of Cutera, Inc. CUTR were down 20% to $32.31 after the company reported preliminary unaudited financial results for FY22. The company expects to report revenue in the range of $252 million to $253 million for FY22.
  • Cerus Corporation CERS was down, falling 23% to $2.9085. Cerus sees preliminary Q4 product revenues of $44 million, up 10% year over year.


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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 2% to $75.24 while gold traded up 0.7% at $1,882.50.


Silver traded up 0.1% to $23.995 on Monday while copper rose 3.3% to $4.0390.

 


Euro zone


European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.88%, London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.33% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index slipped 0.07%. The German DAX gained 1.25%, French CAC 40 climbed 0.68% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.81%.


The Eurozone’s unemployment rate came in unchanged at 6.5% for November from the prior month's all-time low level, while unemployment rate in Italy declined to 7.8% in November.


France’s current account deficit increased to EUR 6.8 billion in November versus a revised EUR 3.4 billion in the prior month, while trade deficit increased to EUR 13.8 billion in November. Industrial production in Germany rose 0.2% month-over-month in November.

 


Asia Pacific Markets


Asian markets closed higher on Monday, with the Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index climbing 1.89%, and China’s Shanghai Composite Index adding 0.58%.


Private house approvals in Australia declined 2.2% month-over-month to 9,142 units in November, while building permits declined by 9% month-over-month to 13,898 units in November.

 

Economics


Data on consumer credit for November will be released at 3:00 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 103,086,920 cases with around 1,121,090 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,681,170 cases and 530,720 deaths, while France reported over 39,407,720 COVID-19 cases with 162,640 deaths. In total, there were at least 668,796,070 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,714,170 deaths.

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