Dow Dips 350 Points; S&P 500 Down Over 1%

U.S. stocks traded lower toward the end of trading, with the Dow Jones dropping over 300 points on Friday.

The Dow traded down 1.07% to 32,798.91 while the NASDAQ fell 1.90% to 11,370.53. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 1.23% to 3,963.05

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Materials shares rose 0.1% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Danimer Scientific, Inc. DNMR, up 21%, and LSB Industries, Inc. LXY, up 5%.
  • In trading on Friday, information technology shares dipped by 2%.

 

Top Headline

Personal spending in the US rose 1.8% month-over-month in January. Core PCE prices in the US rose by 0.6% month-over-month in January.

 

Equities Trading UP

  • Bridger Aerospace Group Holdings, Inc. BAER shares shot up 84% to $8.15. Jeffrey E. Kelter reported a 22.4% stake in a 13D filing on Thursday.
  • Shares of Timber Pharmaceuticals Inc TMBR got a boost, shooting 44% to $2.7867 after the company announced the European Commission granted orphan drug designation for TMB-001 for the treatment of X-linked recessive ichthyosis.
  • Cingulate Inc CING shares were also up, gaining 52% to $1.66 after the company reported top-line results from the fed/fast study of CTx-1301-003 for ADHD. The trial demonstrated that CTx-1301 can be taken with or without food.

 

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Fulcrum Therapeutics, Inc. FULC shares tumbled 51% to $6.29 after the company announced a clinical hold on FTX-6058 in sickle cell disease.
  • Shares of SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. SLS were down 56% to $1.64 after the company announced pricing of a $20 million underwritten public offering.
  • Nektar Therapeutics NKTR was down, falling 49% to $1.4996 after the company reported its SLE trial failed to achieve its primary endpoint.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1% to $76.13 while gold traded down 0.5% at $1,817.30.

Silver traded down 2.3% to $20.825 on Friday while copper fell 2.6% to $3.9530.

 

Euro zone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 1.04%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.37% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.33%. The German DAX dropped 1.72% French CAC 40 fell 1.78% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 1.07%.

The consumer confidence indicator for France slipped to 82 in February versus a revised reading of 83 in January. German GfK Consumer Climate Indicator climbed to -30.5 heading into March versus a revised level of -33.8 in February, while the country’s economy contracted 0.4% on quarter in the fourth quarter.

The GfK Consumer Confidence indicator in the UK rose to -38 in February versus -45 in the earlier month, while car production in the country declined 0.3% year-over-year to 68,790 units in January.

 

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mostly lower on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 1.29%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index falling 1.68% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropping 0.62%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex dropped 0.4%.

The annual inflation rate in Japan accelerated to 4.3% in January from 4.0% in the previous month, while food prices increased by 7.3% year-over-year in January.

 

Economics

  • Personal spending in the US rose 1.8% month-over-month in January.
  • Core PCE prices in the US rose by 0.6% month-over-month in January.
  • Personal income increased by 0.6% from a month ago in January.
  • Building permits rose 0.1% to an annual rate of 1.339 million in January.

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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 105,161,020 cases with around 1,144,360 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,685,610 cases and 530,760 deaths, while France reported over 39,605,030 COVID-19 cases with 164,840 deaths. In total, there were at least 679,352,150 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,796,180 deaths.

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