Nasdaq Surges 2%; Apple Posts Upbeat Results

U.S. stocks traded higher midway through trading, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining 2% on Friday.

The Dow traded up 1.16% to 38,670.87 while the NASDAQ rose 2% to 16,157.26. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 1.24% to 5,127.07            .

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares rose by 3.2% on Friday.

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

Top Headline

Apple, Inc. AAPL reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

The company announced a $110-billion stock buyback program and a one-penny-per-share increase in its quarterly dividend.

Equities Trading UP

  • Safe & Green Holdings Corp. SGBX shares shot up 128% to $6.67 after the company announced its SG Echo subsidiary is preparing to deliver its first sustainable modular unit to a prominent quick-service restaurant customer in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Shares of Upland Software, Inc.  UPLD got a boost, surging 32% to $2.6599 after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter financial results.
  • Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. TNDM shares were also up, gaining 26% to $45.90 after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter financial results.

Equities Trading DOWN

  • AEON Biopharma, Inc. AEON shares dropped 51% to $1.6332 after the company announced that the preliminary top-line results from its interim analysis of its Phase 2 trial with ABP-450 did not meet its primary endpoint.
  • Shares of Sprout Social, Inc. SPT were down 37% to $30.36 after the company reported worse-than-expected first-quarter revenue results on Thursday.
  • Owens & Minor, Inc. OMI was down, falling 20% to $19.52 following first-quarter results

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In commodity news, oil traded down 0.6% to $78.45 while gold traded down 0.2% at $2,306.20.

Silver traded down 0.5% to $26.70 on Friday, while copper rose 1.5% to $4.5535.

Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.46%, Germany's DAX rose 0.59% and France's CAC 40 gained 0.54%. Spain's IBEX 35 Index fell 0.16%, while London's FTSE 100 rose 0.51%.

The unemployment rate in the eurozone came in at a record low level of 6.5% in March. The S&P Global UK services PMI rose to 55 in April from 53.1 a month ago. France's government budget deficit shrank to EUR 52.78 billion in January-March 2024 compared to EUR 54.72 billion in the year-ago period, while France's industrial production declined 0.3% month-over-month in March.

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed mixed on Friday, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumping 1.48% and S&P BSE Sensex falling 0.98%.

Retail sales in Hong Kong fell 8.6% year-over-year in March versus a 0.5% gain in the prior month..      


  • U.S. employers added 175,000 nonfarm payrolls in April, marking a reduction from the upwardly revised 315,000 reading in March and missing the expected 238,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
  • The unemployment rate went from 3.8% to 3.9%, more than the expected 3.8%. Average hourly earnings edged down from 4.1% to 3.9% compared to April 2023, falling more than the expected dip to 4%.
  • The S&P Global Services PMI declined to 51.3 in April from 51.7 in March.
  • The ISM Services PMI fell to 49.4 in April from 51.4 a month ago.

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