Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Dow Tumbles 400 Points

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U.S. stocks traded lower this morning, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 400 points on Friday.

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 1.20% to 34,375.83 while the NASDAQ fell 0.48% to 13,111.51. The S&P also fell, dropping, 0.96% to 4,351.62.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Energy shares jumped by 0.6% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:BKEP), up 40% and Indonesia Energy Corporation Limited (NYSE:INDO) up 5%.

In trading on Friday, health care shares fell 2.4%.

Top Headline

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) reported in-line earnings for its first quarter on Friday.

Verizon Communications posted adjusted earnings of $1.35 per share, in-line with analysts’ estimates. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $33.60 billion, versus expectations of $33.54 billion.

Verizon said it sees FY22 adjusted EPS guidance at the lower end of its previously issued $5.40-$5.55 range. The company also expects adjusted EBITDA growth at the lower end of 2-3% range.

Equities Trading UP

Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:BKEP) shares shot up 40% to $4.58 after the company announced it will be acquired by its general partner Ergon.

Shares of Harbor Custom Development, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCDI) got a boost, shooting 20% to $2.68. Harbor Custom Development recently restated its earnings.

Chindata Group Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:CD) shares were also up, gaining 14% to $4.98 after Bloomberg reported the company had received early takeover interest from other companies in the industry.

Equities Trading DOWN

Babylon Holdings Limited (NYSE:BBLN) shares tumbled 44% to $2.08. The company is scheduled to report Q1 results on May 12, 2022.

Shares of SCYNEXIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCYX) were down 22% to $2.44. SCYNEXIS announced interim data from its ongoing Phase 3 FURI and CARES studies of ibrexafungerp in severe fungal infections. The company also reported pricing of $45 million public offering of common stock, pre-funded warrants and warrants.

Dogness (International) Corporation (NASDAQ:DOGZ) was down, falling 25% to $4.90.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 1.5% to $102.27, while gold traded down 0.2% to $1,944.30.

Silver traded down 1.5% Friday to $24.265 while copper fell 1.1% to $4.6505.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 1%, London’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.6%, while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.51%. The German DAX fell 1.3%, French CAC 40 fell 1.2% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 1.4%.

The S&P Global Eurozone manufacturing PMI slipped to 55.3 in April from 56.5 in March, while services PMI surprisingly rose to 57.7 from 55.6. The Euro Area current account surplus narrowed to EUR 11.4 billion in February from EUR 23.3 billion in the year-ago month.

The S&P Global/CIPS UK services PMI fell to 58.3 in April from 62.6 in the prior month, while manufacturing PMI rose to 55.3 in April from 55.2. Retail sales in the UK slipped 1.4% from a month ago in March. Germany’s composite PMI dropped to 54.5 in April from 55.1 in March, while French composite PMI climbed to 57.5 in April from 56.3 a month ago.

Economics

The S&P Global Services PMI dropped to 54.7 in April from 58 in March, while manufacturing PMI rose to 59.7 in April from 58.8 in March.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 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 82,553,050 cases with around 1,017,600 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,052,420 cases and 522,110 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,330,620 COVID-19 cases with 662,550 deaths. In total, there were at least 507,935,700 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,236,930 deaths.