Dow Jumps Over 300 Points; US Inflation Rate Rises To 3.2%

U.S. stocks traded higher this morning, following the release of inflation data on Thursday.

Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.95% to 35,456.19 while the NASDAQ rose 1.03% to 13,863.35. The S&P 500, also rose, gaining, 0.89% to 4,507.53.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Consumer discretionary shares jumped by 1.2% on Thursday.
  • In trading on Thursday, industrials shares rose by just 0.4%.


Top Headline

Annual inflation rate in the U.S. rose to 3.2% in July from 3% in June, but down from market estimates of 3.3%. The monthly inflation rate, however, held steady at 0.2% in July, matching market estimates.


Equities Trading UP

  • Edible Garden AG Incorporated EDBL shares shot up 78% to $2.1207 after the company reported better-than-expected second-quarter financial results.
  • Shares of Capri Holdings Limited CPRI got a boost, shooting 56% to $54.16 after Tapestry announced a definitive agreement to acquire the company.
  • WeWork Inc. WE shares were also up, gaining 29% to $0.1660. WeWork shares fell over 38% on Wednesday after the company reported worse-than-expected second-quarter financial results.


Equities Trading DOWN

  • Galera Therapeutics, Inc. GRTX shares dropped 83% to $0.3751 after the company announced it received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA for avasopasem manganese.
  • Shares of Amyris, Inc. AMRS were down 78% to $0.0765 after the company announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Origin Materials, Inc. ORGN was down, falling 60% to $1.7050 after the company reported mixed second-quarter financial results.

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In commodity news, oil traded down 0.9% to $83.67 while gold traded up 0.3% at $1,955.60.

Silver traded up 0.8% to $22.905 on Thursday while copper rose 0.7% to $3.8090.


Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.7%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 1.4% The German DAX gained 0.8% French CAC 40 rose 0.72% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 1.4%.

The annual inflation rate in Italy eased to 5.9% in July from 6.4% in the prior month.


Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mostly higher on Thursday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 0.84%, China’s Shanghai Composite Index gaining 0.31% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index gaining 0.01%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex, meanwhile, fell 0.5%.

The Reserve Bank of India maintained its benchmark policy repo at 6.5% for the third straight meeting in August. Producer prices in Japan increased by 3.6% year-over-year in July following a revised 4.3% increase in June.



  • U.S. initial jobless claims increased by 21,000 from the previous week to 248,000 in the week ended August 5, sharply above market estimates of 230,000.
  • Annual inflation rate in the U.S. rose to 3.2% in July from 3% in June, but down from market estimates of 3.3%. The monthly inflation rate, however, held steady at 0.2% in July, matching market estimates.

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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 107,583,080 cases with around 1,170,860 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,996,110 cases and 531,910 deaths, while France reported over 40,138,560 COVID-19 cases with 167,640 deaths. In total, there were at least 693,025,830 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,905,740 deaths.

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