Crude Oil Rises 1.5%; Checkpoint Therapeutics Shares Slide

U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the Dow Jones jumping more than 200 points on Friday.

The Dow traded up 0.72% to 33,095.32 while the NASDAQ rose 1.09% to 12,144.31. The S&P 500, also rose, gaining, 0.79% to 4,082.66.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Consumer discretionary shares jumped by 1.8% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included ContextLogic Inc. WISH, up 13%, and Groupon, Inc. GRPN, up 25%.
  • In trading on Friday, utilities fell by 0.2%.


Top Headline

The personal consumption expenditure price index in rose by 5% year-over-year in February, the lowest since September 2021. The US core PCE price index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, increased by 4.6% annually in February.


Equities Trading UP

  • Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc. YMAB shares shot up 56% to $5.14 after the company posted a profit for the fourth quarter.
  • Shares of Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp. MCB got a boost, shooting 23% to $31.11 after the company issued updated financial information.
  • Inpixon INPX shares were also up, gaining 27% to $0.47. Inpixon reported a 21% growth in revenue to $19.4 million for the 2022 fiscal year.


Equities Trading DOWN

  • G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd GMVD shares dropped 46% to $0.8914. G Medical Innovations Holdings announced pricing of $9.6 million public offering of 12 million shares of common stock at a price of $0.80 per share.
  • Shares of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. CSSE were down 40% to $1.91 after the company announced pricing for its $10.8 million underwritten public offering of common stock. Also, the company reported Q4 financial results.
  • Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. CKPT was down, falling 34% to $2.2250 after the company announced full year 2022 financial results and announced a $6.1 million registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 1.5% to $75.47 while gold traded down 0.6% at $1,986.20.

Silver traded up 0.5% to $24.115 on Thursday while copper fell 0.1% to $4.0860.


Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.66%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.15% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index gained 0.28%. The German DAX gained 0.69%, French CAC 40 rose 0.81% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.34%.

The consumer price inflation rate in the Eurozone fell to 6.9% year-over-year in March, while unemployment rate remained at a record low level of 6.6% in February. The annual inflation rate in Italy eased to 7.7% in March from 9.1% in the prior month. The unemployment rate in Germany rose to 5.6% in March.

Spain reported a current account surplus of €3.3 billion in January versus a year-ago deficit of €3.1 billion. Producer prices in the France’s domestic markets declined 0.9% month-over-month in February. France's inflation rate fell to 5.6% year-over-year in March. The Nationwide House Price Index in the UK fell by 3.1% year-over-year in March. UK’s economy grew by 0.6% from a year ago in the fourth quarter, versus a preliminary estimate of 0.4% growth.


Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed higher on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 0.93%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index climbing 0.45% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index gaining 0.36%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex gained 1.78%.

China's current account surplus increased to $401.9 billion in 2022, up 14% from 2021. Infrastructure output in India rose 6% year-over-year in February. Retail sales in Hong Kong jumped 29.6% year-over-year in February. Japan's housing fell by 0.3% year-over-year in February.



  • The personal consumption expenditure price index in rose by 5% year-over-year in February, the lowest since September 2021. The US core PCE price index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, increased by 4.6% annually in February.
  • Personal income in the US increased by 0.3% from a month ago in February versus a 0.6% rise in January.
  • Personal spending increased by 0.2% from a month ago in February.
  • The Chicago Business Barometer rose to 43.80 points in March from 43.60 points in the previous month.
  • The University of Michigan consumer sentiment was revised lower to 62 in March versus a preliminary reading of 67.
  • The total number of active U.S. oil rigs fell by 1 to 592 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported.

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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 106,206,050 cases with around 1,154,890 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,715,780 cases and 530,860 deaths, while France reported over 39,782,580 COVID-19 cases with 165,600 deaths. In total, there were at least 683,873,850 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,830,880 deaths.


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