U.S. stocks traded mixed midway through trading, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 100 points on Wednesday.
The Dow traded down 0.37% to 32,733.54 while the NASDAQ rose 0.15% to 11,547.91. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.02% to 3,985.60.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
- Real estate shares rose by 1.3% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included WeWork Inc. (NYSE:WE), up 8%, and iStar Inc. (NYSE:STAR), up 3%.
- In trading on Wednesday, consumer discretionary shares dipped by 0.6%.
US crude oil inventories dropped 1.7 million barrels last week, the EIA said.
Equities Trading UP
- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL) shares shot up 84% to $12.34 after HNI Corporation announced it will acquire the company for $485 million.
- Shares of Diversey Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:DSEY) got a boost, shooting 37% to $8.16 after the company announced it will be acquired by Solenis for $4.6 billion.
- Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ARLO) shares were also up, gaining 37% to $4.9050 after the company reported better-than-expected Q4 adjusted EPS and sales results and issued FY23 adjusted EPS guidance above estimates.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Intelligent Bio Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:INBS) shares tumbled 46% to $3.2392 after the company announced pricing of a $2.2 million public offering.
- Shares of Miromatrix Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:MIRO) were down 37% to $1.55 after the company announced pricing of a $10 million public offering of common stock.
- United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE:UNFI) was down, falling 27% to $30.09 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q2 EPS and cut FY23 EPS guidance.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.4% to $77.31 while gold traded up 0.4% at $1,826.70.
Silver traded up 0.3% to $20.255 on Wednesday while copper rose 2.2% to $4.0605.
European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.07%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.25% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.61%. The German DAX gained 0.5% French CAC 40 fell 0.08% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.42%.
The Eurozone economy stalled in the final quarter of 2022, versus preliminary reading of a 0.1% growth. Retail sales in Italy rose by 1.7% from a month ago in January. Industrial production in Germany rose 3.5% month-over-month for January, while retail sales in the country slipped 0.3% month-over-month in January.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 0.48%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropping 2.35% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 0.06%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex gained 0.21%.
The gauge for Japan’s service sector sentiment rose by 3.5 points from the previous month to a reading of 52.0 in February, while the country posted a deficit of JPY 1,976.6 billion in January compared to a surplus of JPY 33.4 billion a month ago.
- The US trade deficit rose to a three-month high of $68.3 billion in January versus a revised $67.2 billion gap in December.
- Private businesses in the US added 242,000 jobs in February versus a revised 119,000 gain in January and above market expectations of 200,000.
- Mortgage applications in the US climbed 7.4% in the week ended March 3, 2023.
- The number of job openings in the fell by 410,000 to 10.824 million in January.
- US crude oil inventories dropped 1.7 million barrels last week, the EIA said.
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The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 105,441,940 cases with around 1,147,210 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,688,690 cases and 530,770 deaths, while France reported over 39,639,110 COVID-19 cases with 165,070 deaths. In total, there were at least 680,893,430 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,806,850 deaths.