U.S. stocks traded slightly higher midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining 20 points on Thursday.
The Dow traded up 0.02% to 32,804.33 while the NASDAQ rose 0.17% to 11,595.87. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.06% to 3,994.51.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
- Information technology shares rose by 1.1% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Asana, Inc. ASAN, up 23%, and Paysafe Limited PSFE, up 18%.
- In trading on Thursday, financial shares dipped by 1%.
BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings Inc BJ reported better-than-expected Q4 results.
BJ's Wholesale reported quarterly sales growth of 13.1% year-on-year to $4.93 billion, beating the consensus of $4.80 billion. Adjusted EPS of $1.00 beat the analyst consensus of $0.87.
Equities Trading UP
- Ocean Biomedical, Inc. OCEA shares shot up 72% to $8.05 after the company shared detailed research data on anti-tumor pathway discoveries and their potential for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic melanoma, and glioblastoma by Scientific Co-founder, Dr. Jack A. Elias, MD.
- Shares of Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc. NLTX got a boost, shooting 32% to $0.6980. Neoleukin Therapeutics engaged SVB Securities to assist in reviewing strategic alternatives. The company also approved a further corporate restructuring to preserve cash, including reducing its workforce by approximately 70%.
- Holley Inc. HLLY shares were also up, gaining 43% to $2.84 after the company reported Q4 financial results.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Silvergate Capital Corporation SI shares tumbled 31% to $3.38 after the company announced it will wind down operations and voluntarily liquidate Silvergate Bank.
- Shares of SVB Financial Group SIVB were down 39% to $163.99 after the parent of Silicon Valley Bank announced proposed offerings of common stock and convertible preferred stock.
- InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. NVIV was down, falling 49% to $1.07 after the company announced topline data from its INSPIRE 2.0 study in acute spinal cord injury, in which the primary endpoint was not met.
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In commodity news, oil traded up 0.6% to $77.12 while gold traded up 0.9% at $1,834.40.
Silver traded up 0.5% to $20.26 on Thursday while copper rose 0.2% to $4.0335.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.19%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.64% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.43%. The German DAX declined 0.02% French CAC 40 fell 0.08% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.58%.
Payroll employment in the French private sector rose by 0.2% to 21.03 million during the fourth quarter, compared to a 87.6 thousand growth in the prior three-month period.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mostly lower on Thursday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 0.63%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropping 0.63% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 0.22%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex dropped 0.9%.
Chinese annual inflation rate eased to 1.0% in February from 2.1% in the previous month, while producer prices declined 1.4% from a year ago in February. The Japanese economy grew by an annualized rate of 0.1% in the fourth quarter versus the preliminary figure of a 0.6% growth.
- US initial jobless claims climbed by 21,000 from the prior week to 211,000 in the week ending March 4, higher than market estimates of 195,000.
- US natural-gas supplies dropped 84 billion cubic feet last week, the EIA said.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 105,524,390 cases with around 1,148,090 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,688,690 cases and 530,770 deaths, while France reported over 39,639,110 COVID-19 cases with 165,070 deaths. In total, there were at least 681,090,770 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,808,370 deaths.
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