US Stocks Turn Higher; BioXcel Therapeutics Shares Plummet

U.S. stocks traded mostly higher midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining more than 80 points on Monday.

The Dow traded up 0.01% to 35,284.34 while the NASDAQ rose 0.64% to 13,732.05. The S&P 500, also rose, gaining, 0.36% to 4,480.04.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares rose by 1.3% on Monday.

In trading on Monday, energy shares fell by 1.1%.


Top Headline Ltd MNDY reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. reported second-quarter revenue growth of 42% Y/Y to $175.7 million, beating the consensus of $169.2 million. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.41 beat the consensus of 14 cents. raised 2023 revenue guidance to $713 million-$717 million (prior $702 million - $706 million) and consensus: $704.7 million.


Equities Trading UP

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ZYNE shares shot up 282% to $1.2950 after Harmony Biosciences entered into definitive agreement to acquire the company for total potential consideration of up to $200 million in cash.

Shares of Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc. TSHA got a boost, shooting 121% to $1.63 after the company reported initial clinical data from first adult rett syndrome patient dosed in REVEAL Phase 1/2 trial. The company also announced second-quarter results.

Hanryu Holdings, Inc. HRYU shares were also up, gaining 38% to $6.46. Hanryu Holdings partnered with SALTLUX for the development of AI powered conversational virtual assistant on popular K-Culture fandom application, FANTOO.


Equities Trading DOWN

BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc. BTAI shares dropped 43% to $4.23 after the company reported second-quarter results and announced plans to reduce over 50% of jobs.

Shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. HE were down 34% to $21.40 after Wells Fargo downgraded maintained an Underweight rating on the stock and lowered its price target from $35 to $25.

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. AMC was down, falling 32% to $3.5550 after the company received court approval for its revised stock conversion plan.

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In commodity news, oil traded down 0.6% to $82.70 while gold traded down 0.2% at $1,942.30.

Silver traded down 0.4% to $22.655 on Monday while copper fell 0.1% to $3.7155.


Euro zone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.05%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.40% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.19% The German DAX rose 0.30% French CAC 40 fell 0.11% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.45%.

Germany's wholesale prices fell 2.8% year-over-year in July following a 2.9% decline in the prior month.


Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mostly lower on Monday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 falling 1.27%, China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 0.34% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index falling 1.58%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex, meanwhile, rose 0.2%.

Indian merchandise trade deficit shrank to $20.67 billion in July from $25.43 billion in the year-ago month. India's wholesale prices fell by 1.36% year-over-year in July compared to a 4.12% decline in the previous month. Total passenger vehicle sales in India rose by 2.9% year-over-year to 302,251 in July.



There were no major US economic releases Monday.

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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 107,729,980 cases with around 1,172,090 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,996,270 cases and 531,920 deaths, while France reported over 40,138,560 COVID-19 cases with 167,640 deaths. In total, there were at least 693,569,420 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,907,670 deaths.

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