U.S. stocks traded higher this morning, with the Dow Jones gaining more than 400 points on Tuesday.
Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 1.24% to 34,839.55 while the NASDAQ rose 1.73% to 13,562.67. The S&P also rose, gaining, 1.35% to 4,451.15.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares fell 0.3%.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, but suspended sales forecast for COVID-19 vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson reported Q1 FY22 adjusted earnings of $2.67 per share, up 3.1% Y/Y and ahead of the consensus of $2.61. Net sales increased 5% Y/Y (7.9% on an operational basis) to $23.43 billion, missing the consensus of $23.67 billion.
Johnson & Johnson expects an FY22 adjusted profit forecast of $10.15 – $10.35 per share, lower than the prior forecast of $10.40 – $10.60. The consensus estimate is $10.51. The Company expects sales of $97.3 billion – $98.3 billion, versus the consensus of $$99.31 billion. JNJ has suspended its sales forecast for the COVID-19 vaccine due to global supply surplus and demand uncertainty.
Equities Trading UP
Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMPI) shares shot up 329% to $10.43 after Regeneron announced a deal to acquire the company for $10.50 per share in cash.
Shares of Sono Group N.V. (NASDAQ:SEV) got a boost, shooting 18% to $5.41.
Cyren Ltd. (NASDAQ:CYRN) shares were also up, gaining 21% to $3.2599.
Equities Trading DOWN
System1, Inc. (NYSE:SST) shares tumbled 33% to $13.70 as the company disclosed a previously-issued (from Feb. 9, 2022) shelf registration statement went into effect.
Shares of Enservco Corporation (NYSE:ENSV) were down 20% to $2.92. Enservco shares gained 38% on Monday after the company announced the delay of its 2021 10-K filing to adjust for its utilization of certain deferred tax liabilities in 2021.
Arqit Quantum Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQQ) was down, falling 16% to $10.48.
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In commodity news, oil traded down 4.3% to $103.51, while gold traded down 1.6% to $1,954.20.
Silver traded down 3.3% Tuesday to $25.295 while copper fell 2.1% to $4.7025.
European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.5%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.1%, while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.2%. The German DAX gained 0.2%, French CAC 40 fell 0.4% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dipped 0.8%.
Housing starts in the US rose 0.3% to an annualized rate of 1.793 million in March, while building permits rose 0.4% to an annual rate of 1.873 million.
The Treasury is set to auction 52-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans is set to speak at 12:05 p.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari will speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 82,377,150 cases with around 1,015,790 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,045,520 cases and 521,990 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,261,080 COVID-19 cases with 662,070 deaths. In total, there were at least 505,279,780 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,225,190 deaths.