Nasdaq Gains Over 200 Points; Dentsply Sirona Shares Fall After Q1 Results

U.S. stocks traded higher toward the end of trading, with the Nasdaq Composite surging over 200 points on Thursday.

The Dow traded up 0.87% to 38,234.10 while the NASDAQ rose 1.45% to 15,832.17. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.90% to 5,063.69.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares rose by 1.1% on Thursday.

In trading on Thursday, materials shares fell by 0.8%.

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Dentsply Sirona Inc. XRAY shares fell around 5% on Thursday after reporting first-quarter results.

The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 42 cents, in line with the street view. Quarterly revenues of $953 million missed the street view of $969.136 million.

Equities Trading UP

  • Aspen Aerogels, Inc.. ASPN shares shot up 52% to $23.11 after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter financial results.
  • Shares of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. EBS got a boost, surging 100% to $3.8616 after the company announced operational changes to stabilize its financial position and reported first-quarter financial results.
  • Carvana Co. CVNA shares were also up, gaining 30% to $112.98 after the company reported upbeat sales for the first quarter.

Equities Trading DOWN

  • Fastly, Inc. FSLY shares dropped 34% to $8.49 after the company reported first-quarter financial results.
  • Shares of Vestis Corporation VSTS were down 40% to $11.07 after the company reported worse-than-expected second-quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2024 outlook.
  • XPEL, Inc. XPEL was down, falling 33% to $36.31 after the company reported worse-than-expected first-quarter financial results and slashed its annual revenue growth projection.

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In commodity news, oil traded down 0.1% to $78.94 while gold traded up 0.2% at $2,316.20.

Silver traded up 0.3% to $26.83 on Thursday, while copper fell 1.3% to $4.4850.

Euro zone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.22%, Germany's DAX fell 0.20% and France's CAC 40 fell 0.88%. Spain's IBEX 35 Index gained 0.16%, while London's FTSE 100 rose 0.63%.

The HCOB Eurozone manufacturing PMI edged higher to 45.7 in April versus the preliminary reading of 45.6. Germany's manufacturing PMI climbed to 42.5 in April from 41.9 in the prior month, while French manufacturing PMI declined to 45.3 in April versus 46.2 in March.

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mostly higher on Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 falling 0.10%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumping 2.5% and S&P BSE Sensex gaining 0.17%.

Hong Kong's economy grew 2.7% year-over-year in the first quarter compared to a 4.3% increase in the prior period, while the Hong Kong Monetary Authority kept its base rate unchanged at 5.75%.

The HSBC India manufacturing PMI was revised lower to 58.8 in April compared to preliminary reading of 59.1. The consumer confidence index for Japan fell to 38.3 in April versus 39.5 a month ago.                                


  • The trade deficit in the US narrowed slightly to $69.4 billion in March versus a revised $69.5 billion gap in February.
  • Exports of goods and services fell by $5.3 billion to $257.6 billion in March, while imports into the US fell by 1.6% to $327 billion.
  • U.S. initial jobless claims came in unchanged from the previous week at 208,000 during the week ending April 27, compared to market expectations of 212,000.
  • Unit labor costs in the U.S. nonfarm business sector rose an annualized 4.7%, while nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased by 0.3% in the first quarter.
  • U.S. factory orders increased by 1.6% from the prior month to $584.5 billion in March.
  • U.S. natural-gas supplies increased 59 billion cubic feet during the week ended April 26.

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