Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mixed; Dow Jumps 250 Points

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U.S. stocks traded mixed this morning, with the Dow Jones gaining more than 250 points on Wednesday.

Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.76% to 35,176.49 while the NASDAQ fell 0.60% to 13,537.29. The S&P also rose, gaining, 0.21% to 4,471.63.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Consumer staples shares jumped by 1.3% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), up 6% and The Vita Coco Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO) up 4%.

In trading on Wednesday, communication services shares fell 3.3%.

Top Headline

Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY22 sales outlook.

Procter & Gamble reported third-quarter FY22 sales growth of 7.1% year-on-year to $19.38 billion, beating the consensus of $18.73 billion. Adjusted EPS of $1.33 beat the consensus of $1.30.

P&G raised FY22 all-in sales growth outlook to 4% – 5% (previously 3% – 4%). The company continues to expect FY22 core EPS growth of 3% – 6% versus FY21 Core EPS of $5.66.

Equities Trading UP

AlloVir, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALVR) shares shot up 38% to $7.45 after the company announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy designation to its lead investigational multi-virus-specific T cell therapy, posoleucel.

Shares of Terran Orbital Corp. (NYSE:LLAP) got a boost, shooting 24% to $6.17. Jefferies initiated coverage on Terran Orbital (with a Buy rating and announced a price target of $10.

Winc, Inc. (NYSE:WBEV) shares were also up, gaining 22% to $3.7123. Winc, last month, reported better-than-expected Q4 sales results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shares tumbled 36% to $223.51 after the company reported downbeat revenue for its first quarter. Global streaming paid partnership increased 6.7% year-over-year to 221.64 million, while global streaming paid net additions were down 200 thousand. Several analysts also downgraded the stock.

Shares of Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCT) were down 15% to $21.56. Arcturus Therapeutics shared topline data from an ongoing Phase 1/2/3 trial evaluating the ARCT-154 COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX) was down, falling 12% to $36.83. Goldman Sachs, on Tuesday, downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and lowered its price target from $108 to $50.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.5% to $103.04, while gold traded down 0.3% to $1,953.50.

Silver traded down 0.7% Wednesday to $25.225 while copper fell 1.3% to $4.6590.

Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.8%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2%, while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.8%. The German DAX climbed 1.3%, French CAC 40 climbed 1.3% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 1%.

The trade balance in the Eurozone swung to a EUR 7.6 billion deficit for February, versus a EUR 23.6 billion surplus in the year-ago month. Industrial production in the Eurozone rose 0.7% month-over-month in February.

Italy recorded a trade deficit of EUR 1.7 billion in February versus a year-ago surplus of 4.8 billion. Annual producer inflation in Germany accelerated to 30.9% in March from 25.9% in February.

Economics

Existing home sales dropped 2.7% month-over-month to an annualized rate of 5.77 million in March.

US crude oil inventories fell 8.02 million barrels in the week ended April 15th, the most since January 2021, the Energy Information Administration said.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans is set to speak at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic will speak at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Treasury is set to auction 20-year bonds at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Federal Open Market Committee will release its Beige Book report at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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COVID-19 Update

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 82,416,680 cases with around 1,016,150 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,047,590 cases and 522,000 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,279,270 COVID-19 cases with 662,260 deaths. In total, there were at least 506,133,930 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,228,730 deaths.