Nasdaq Edges Higher; Crude Oil Rises 1%

U.S. stocks traded mixed midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite moving higher on Wednesday.

The Dow traded down 0.15% to 32,512.83 while the NASDAQ rose 0.13% to 11,875.36. The S&P 500, also fell, dropping, 0.01% to 4,002.45.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Information technology shares rose by 0.7% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included inTEST Corporation INTT, up 10%, and TeraWulf Inc. WULF, up 9%.
  • In trading on Wednesday, real estate shares fell 1.5%.

 

Top Headline

US crude oil inventories increased by 1.1170 million barrels in the week ended March 17, 2023, versus market estimates of a 1.565 million-barrel decline, according to the recent US Energy Information Administration report.

 

Equities Trading UP

  • Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. VORB shares shot up 65% to $0.7301 following a report suggesting the company is nearing a $200 million investment through a private share placement. The company also said it will initiate an incremental resumption of operations beginning Mar. 23.
  • Shares of 89bio, Inc. ETNB got a boost, shooting 29% to $14.11 after the company's Phase 2b ENLIVEN trial of pegozafermin in NASH achieved statistical significance on both primary histology endpoints.
  • GameStop Corp. GME shares were also up, gaining 39% to $24.45 after the company turned in a profitable quarter for the first time in two years.

 

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Luokung Technology Corp. LKCO shares tumbled 30% to $2.0695 after the company announced a 30-to-1 share combination.
  • Shares of Edible Garden AG Incorporated EDBL were down 29% to $2.89 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q4 financial results.
  • Muscle Maker, Inc. GRIL was down, falling 20% to $1.01 after the company reported Q4 results.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.1% to $70.43 while gold traded up 0.7% at $1,953.70.

Silver traded up 1.3% to $22.71 on Wednesday while copper rose 1.4% to $4.0485.

 

Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.52%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.57% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.09%. The German DAX gained 0.60%, French CAC 40 climbed 0.59% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.39%.

Annual inflation rate in the UK rose to 10.4% in February from 10.1% in the previous month. Italian current account deficit narrowed to EUR 5.225 billion in January from EUR 5.470 billion in the year-ago period.

 

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed higher on Wednesday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 1.93%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rising 1.73% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index gaining 0.31%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.24%.

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Leading Economic Index in Australia slipped 0.06% from a month ago in February following a 0.12% decline in the earlier month.

 

Economics

  • Mortgage applications in the US increased 3% in the week ended March 17, 2023, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed.
  • US crude oil inventories increased by 1.1170 million barrels in the week ended March 17, 2023, versus market estimates of a 1.565 million-barrel decline, according to the recent US Energy Information Administration report.

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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 105,988,110 cases with around 1,151,880 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,698,110 cases and 530,810 deaths, while France reported over 39,716,260 COVID-19 cases with 165,410 deaths. In total, there were at least 682,804,380 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,821,670 deaths.

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