Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.43% to 29,355.69 while the NASDAQ rose 0.14% to 11,921.21. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.24% to 3,573.32.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 11,718,860 cases with around 252,560 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 9,004,360 confirmed cases and 132,160 deaths, while Brazil reported over 5,981,760 COVID-19 cases with 168,060 deaths. In total, there were at least 57,011,970 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 1,362,420 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Consumer discretionary shares rose 0.1% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ayro, Inc. AYRO 47.41%, up 50%, and Tuniu Corp TOUR 13.68%, up 22%.
In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.9%.
Foot Locker, Inc FL 3.63% reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter.
Foot Locker posted quarterly earnings of $1.21 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.62 per share. The company posted quarterly sales of $2.11 billion, surpassing expectations of $1.94 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Mesoblast Limited MESO 14.67% shares shot up 20% to $14.09 after the company reported Q1 results, and disclosed a license and collaboration deal with Novartis.
Shares of Dada Nexus Limited DADA 29.2% got a boost, shooting 25% to $42.13 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 earnings
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. NGVC 19.36% shares were also up, gaining 20% to $13.84 after the company reported Q4 results and also declared a $2 per share special dividend.
Equities Trading DOWN
Tantech Holdings Ltd TANH 53.8% shares tumbled 55% to $1.2550 after the company priced its 6.06 million shares common stock offering at $1.65 per share..
Shares of Nano Dimension Ltd - ADR NNDM 24.4% were down 27% to $4.2550 after the company priced a $100 million direct offering of 25 million shares at $4 per ADS.
Oragenics, Inc. OGEN 23.86% was down, falling 26% to $0.3915 after the company priced its 14.189 million shares common stock offering at $0.37 per share.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.3% to $41.88, while gold traded up 0.8% to $1,875.80.
Silver traded up 1.7% Friday to $24.45 while copper rose 2.8% to $3.29.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.3%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.69%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.73%. Meanwhile, the German DAX 30 gained 0.23%, French CAC 40 rose 0.23% and London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.04%.
Retail sales in the UK rose 1.2% in October, while German producer prices fell 0.7% year-over-year last month.
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