Dow Jumps 200 Points; US Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

U.S. stocks traded higher this morning, with the Dow Jones index gaining around 200 points on Thursday.

Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.52% to 39,718.37 while the NASDAQ rose 0.84% to 16,506.28. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.53% to 5,252.23.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors


Information technology shares rose by 0.9% on Thursday.

In trading on Thursday, consumer staples shares fell by 0.1%.


Top Headline


U.S. initial jobless claims declined by 2,000 to 210,000 on the week ending March 16, versus market estimates of 215,000.


Equities Trading UP


Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. YTEN shares shot up 171% to $0.6590 after the company announced that the USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services determined that the Camelina sativa varieties may be planted and bred in the United States.

Shares of Kaival Brands Innovations Group, Inc. KAVL got a boost, surging 104% to $2.71 after falling 11% on Wednesday.

Asset Entities Inc. ASST shares were also up, gaining 36% to $0.7128 after the company announced that it entered into an agreement with Zendrop.


Equities Trading DOWN


Movella Holdings Inc. MVLA shares dropped 61% to $0.1110 after the company announced that it will voluntarily delist from the Nasdaq.

Shares of Tourmaline Bio, Inc. TRML were down 38% to $27.78. Tourmaline Bio recently posted a fourth-quarter loss of 81 cents per share.

Intelligent Group Limited INTJ was down, falling 28% to $2.38. Intelligent Group priced initial public offering of 1,875,000 ordinary shares at $4 per share.

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In commodity news, oil traded down 0.5% to $80.85 while gold traded up 2.2% at $2,208.90.

Silver traded up 2.2% to $25.65 on Thursday, while copper rose 0.7% to $4.0785.


Euro zone


European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.5%, London’s FTSE 100 jumped 1.1% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.9% The German DAX rose 0.4% French CAC 40 fell 0.2% while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.1%.

The HCOB Eurozone manufacturing PMI declined to a three-month low level of 45.7 in March, while services PMI increased to 51.1 from 50.2. The Eurozone posted a current account surplus of €24.87 billion in January versus a year-ago deficit of €11.9 billion. Passenger car registrations in the European Union surged 10.1% year-over-year to 883.6 thousand units for February.

The HCOB Germany composite PMI climbed to 47.4 in March from 46.3 a month ago, while French composite PMI declined to 47.7 in March from 48.1 in February. The S&P Global UK services PMI fell to 53.4 in March from 53.8 in the previous month, while manufacturing PMI climbed to 49.9 in March from 47.5.


Asia Pacific Markets


Asian markets closed mostly higher on Thursday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 surging 2.03%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rising 1.93%, China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 0.08% and India’s S&P BSE Sensex gaining 0.75%.

The annual inflation rate in Hong Kong accelerated to 2.1% in February from January’s reading of 1.7%. Hong Kong's current account surplus increased to HKD 71.2 billion in the fourth quarter from HKD 55.9 billion in the year-ago period. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority kept its base rate unchanged at 5.75%.

The HSBC Flash India composite PMI increased to 61.4 in March versus a final reading of 60.6. The au Jibun Bank Japan composite PMI surged to 52.3 in March versus a final reading of 50.6 in February. Japan's trade deficit narrowed to JPY 379,358 billion in February from JPY 928.908 billion in the year-ago period.




The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index in fell to 3.2 in March from 5.2 in the previous month.

U.S. initial jobless claims declined by 2,000 to 210,000 on the week ending March 16, versus market estimates of 215,000.

The U.S. current account deficit shrank by $1.6 billion to $194.8 billion during the fourth quarter, compared to market estimates for a $209 billion gap.

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