Crude Oil Rises 2.5%; Chevron Tops Q1 Expectations

U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the Dow Jones gaining over 200 points on Friday.

The Dow traded up 0.60% to 34,029.17 while the NASDAQ rose 0.40% to 12,190.35. The S&P 500, also rose, gaining, 0.63% to 4,161.28.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Energy shares rose by 1.7% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included U.S. Hammerhead Energy Inc. HHRS, up 10%, and Talos Energy Inc. TALO, up 8%.
  • In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell by 0.3%.


Top Headline

Chevron Corporation CVX reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter on Friday.

Chevron reported sales of $50.79 billion, a decline of 6.6% year-over-year, beating the consensus of $47.98 billion. Adjusted net earnings were $6.74 billion (+3.1% Y/Y), with Adjusted EPS being $3.55, beating the consensus of $3.41.


Equities Trading UP

  • TOP Financial Group Limited TOP shares shot up 546% to $129.14 after jumping around 198% on Thursday. Traders are circulating an article on China's Sina dated April 25th titled "Zhongyang Financial Group's Additional Issuance Was Approved By The U.S. SEC."
  • Shares of CVRx, Inc. CVRX got a boost, shooting 28% to $12.13 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results.
  • ImmunoGen, Inc. IMGN shares were also up, gaining 25% to $5.39 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 financial results and issued FY23 sales guidance.


Equities Trading DOWN

  • Cloudflare, Inc. NET shares dropped 24% to $45.12 after the company issued weak revenue guidance and said it expects external headwinds to persist through the end of the fiscal year.
  • Shares of First Republic Bank FRC were down 39% to $3.79 following a report suggesting the most likely outcome for the bank is FDIC receivership.
  • Hillstream BioPharma, Inc. HILS was down, falling 59% to $0.4499 after the company priced 5.3 million shares at $0.50 per share for gross proceeds of $2.65 million.

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In commodity news, oil traded up 2.5% to $76.64 while gold traded down 0.1% at $1,998.90.

Silver traded up 0.2% to $25.25 on Friday while copper rose 0.2% to $3.8905.


Euro zone

European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.56%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.5% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.79% The German DAX rose 0.77%, French CAC 40 rose 0.1% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.30%.

The Eurozone economy expanded by 0.1% in the first quarter following a flat fourth quarter, but still missing market expectations for a 0.2% growth. The unemployment rate in Germany came in unchanged at 5.6% in April, while German gross domestic product was also unchanged during the first quarter.

Spanish economy grew by 0.5% on quarter during the first three months of the year. Spain reported a current account surplus of €2.3 billion in February versus a year-ago gap of €0.8 billion, while annual consumer price inflation rate in the country increased to 4.1% in April. Italy’s gross domestic product grew by 0.5% quarter-on-quarter during the three months leading to March.

Annual inflation rate in France increased to 5.9% in April, while producer prices in the country’s domestic markets rose by 2% month-over-month in March. The French economy expanded by 0.2% in the first quarter.


Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed higher on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 rising 1.40%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index gaining 0.27% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index climbing 1.14%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.7%.

Japan's housing starts fell by 3.2% year-over-year in March following a 0.3% decline in the previous month. The Bank of Japan kept its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1%. Retail sales in Japan rose by 7.2% year-over-year in March, while industrial production rose 0.8% month-over-month in March. Japan’s unemployment rate increased to 2.8% in March.



  • Personal income in the US increased by 0.3% from a month ago in March, while personal spending came in unchanged from the prior period in March versus a revised 0.1% rise in February.
  • Core PCE prices in the US increased by 0.3% month-over-month in March, the same pace as the previous month. The annual rate, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, eased to 4.6%, above market estimates of 4.5%.
  • Compensation costs for civilian workers rose 1.2% on quarter during the three months to January.
  • The Chicago PMI rose to 48.6 points in April from 43.8 in the previous month.
  • The University of Michigan consumer sentiment rose to 63.5 in April from 62 in the previous month.
  • The total number of active U.S. oil rigs came in unchanged at 591 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 106,613,320 cases with around 1,159,690 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,924,810 cases and 531,420 deaths, while France reported over 39,974,420 COVID-19 cases with 166,420 deaths. In total, there were at least 686,882,230 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,862,560 deaths.

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