U.S. stocks traded lower midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite dropping over 150 points on Wednesday.
The Dow traded down 0.27% to 34,063.42 while the NASDAQ fell 1.33% to 11,952.51. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.80% to 4,130.55.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
- Health care shares rose by 0.2% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Scilex Holding Company SCLX, up 13%, and INmune Bio, Inc. INMB, up 11%.
- In trading on Wednesday, communication services shares dipped by 4.1%.
Yum! Brands, Inc. YUM reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
Excluding one-time items, the company earned $1.31 per share, beating expectations of $1.26 per share.
Equities Trading UP
- New Relic, Inc. NEWR shares shot up 19% to $77.09 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 results and issued strong guidance.
- Shares of Manchester United plc MANU got a boost, shooting 14% to $24.05 following a Daily Mail report suggesting Qatari investors could soon make an offer for the company.
- TH International Limited THCH shares were also up, gaining 20% to $5.02. Tims China acquired QSR Brands owned Popeyes China in an all share transaction.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Sintx Technologies, Inc. SINT shares tumbled 46% to $3.3499 after the company announced pricing of $12 million public offering of 2.15 million units at a price of $5.60/unit
- Shares of Capri Holdings Limited CPRI were down 28% to $48.04 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q3 adjusted EPS and sales results and lowered Q4 and FY23 EPS and sales guidance below estimates. The company also issued FY24 EPS and sales guidance below estimates.
- Lumen Technologies, Inc. LUMN was down, falling 20% to $3.9750 after the company reported Q4 earnings results. Following earnings, Citigroup downgraded the stock from Neutral to Sell and lowered its price target from $6.25 to $3.5.
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In commodity news, oil traded up 1.5% to $78.32 while gold traded up 0.2% at $1,888.20.
Silver traded up 1.1% to $22.42 on Wednesday while copper fell 1% to $4.0405.
Stocks of crude oil in the US fell by 2.184 million barrels in the week ended Feb. 3, 2023, versus a 6.330 million barrels gain in the prior week, the American Petroleum Institute said.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.28%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.26% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.6%. The German DAX rose 0.6% French CAC 40 fell 0.18% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.15%.
Retail sales in Italy dropped by 0.2% from a month ago in December.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropping 0.29%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropping 0.07% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 0.49%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex gained 0.6%.
The Reserve Bank of India hiked its key repo rate by 25 bps to 6.5% at its February meeting. The gauge for Japan's service sector sentiment fell by 0.2 points from a month ago to 48.5 in January. Japan recorded a current account surplus of JPY 33.4 billion in December versus a surplus of JPY 1,803.6 billion in November.
Mortgage applications in the US rose 7.4% in the week ended Feb. 3, 2023.
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The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 104,537,370 cases with around 1,136,960 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,683,630 cases and 530,740 deaths, while France reported over 39,548,110 COVID-19 cases with 164,460 deaths. In total, there were at least 676,702,070 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,775,010 deaths.
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