Nasdaq Jumps 250 Points; Crude Oil Down 1%

U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the Nasdaq Composite surging more than 250 points on Thursday.

The Dow traded up 0.18% to 38,532.50 while the NASDAQ rose 1.63% to 16,433.83. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.83% to 5,203.26.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors


Information technology shares rose by 2.2% on Thursday.

In trading on Thursday, energy shares fell by 0.3%.


Top Headline


Constellation Brands Inc STZ reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings.

Constellation Brands reported fourth-quarter FY24 sales growth of 7.1% year-on-year to $2.14 billion, beating the analyst consensus estimate of $2.10 billion. Comparable EPS, excluding Canopy EIE, was $2.30. Comparable EPS of $2.26 beat the consensus estimate of $2.09.


Equities Trading UP


Rallybio Corporation RLYB shares shot up 87% to $3.0419 after the company announced a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson to advance therapeutics for pregnant individuals at risk of FNAIT.

Shares of Eliem Therapeutics, Inc. ELYM got a boost, surging 58% to $4.2153. The company announced that it entered into a definitive acquisition agreement to acquire Tenet and it also entered into a securities purchase agreement for a $120 million private placement.

Rent the Runway, Inc. RENT shares were also up, gaining 128% to $16.88 after the company reported mixed fourth-quarter financial results and issued guidance.


Equities Trading DOWN


Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. APVO shares dropped 59% to $0.9870 after the company priced its $4.6 million public offering.

Shares of Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. ENLV were down 54% to $1.83. The company announced topline results of its Phase II trial evaluating Allocetra in sepsis.

AVITA Medical, Inc. RCEL was down, falling 29% to $10.20 after the company announced an update to its expected commercial revenue for the first quarter of 2024. BTIG downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral.

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In commodity news, oil traded down 1.1% to $85.29 while gold traded up 1.3% at $2,379.80.

Silver traded up 1.4% to $28.430 on Thursday, while copper fell 0.5% to $4.2605.


Euro zone


European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.40%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.47% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 1.16% The German DAX fell 0.79% French CAC 40 fell 0.27% while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.96%.

The European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged for a fifth straight time during its April meeting.


Asia Pacific Markets


Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 falling 0.35%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropping 0.26%, China’s Shanghai Composite gaining 0.23% and India’s S&P BSE Sensex gaining 0.47%.

China's consumer prices rose 0.1% year-over-year in March, while producer prices fell by 2.8% year-over-year in March.




Producer prices in the U.S. rose 0.2% month-over-month in March compared to a 0.6% gain in February. However, analysts were expecting a gain of 0.3%.

U.S. initial jobless claims declined by 11,000 to 211,000 in the week ending April 6, compared to market estimates of 215,000.

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