Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.09% to 35,368.20 while the NASDAQ rose 0.40% to 15,001.95. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.14% to 4,486.01.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 37,941,620 cases with around 629,560 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 32,474,770 cases and 435,110 deaths, while Brazil reported over 20,583,990 COVID-19 cases with 574,840 deaths. In total, there were at least 212,639,390 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 4,443,760 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Consumer discretionary shares rose 0.8% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU), up 25% and Gaotu Techedu Inc. (NYSE: GOTU) up 28%.
In trading on Tuesday, real estate fell 0.8%.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.
Best Buy posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $2.98 per share, exceeding market estimates of $1.85 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $11.85 billion, versus estimates of $11.49 billion.
Best Buy sees Q3 enterprise revenue of $11.4 billion-$11.6 billion and FY22 enterprise revenue of $51 billion-$52 billion. The company boosted full-year enterprise comparable sales growth outlook to a range of 9% to 11%.
Equities Trading UP
Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS) shares shot up 45% to $35.15. GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc, will acquire Triple-S Management for an equity value of approximately $900 million.
Shares of SkyWater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYT) got a boost, shooting 25% to $25.79. SkyWater and Rockley Photonics announced expansion of relationship to enable wafer back-end-of-line processing for wearable health sensors.
Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPTH) shares were also up, gaining 20% to $6.83. The FDA has signed off Bio-Path’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for BP1002 in refractory/relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients.
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Equities Trading DOWN
Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) shares tumbled 32% to $9.67 after the company announced the Phase 2b dose-finding induction study of izencitinib in the treatment of ulcerative colitis did not meet the primary endpoint of change in the total Mayo score or the key secondary endpoint of clinical remission at week eight relative to placebo. A small dose-dependent increase in clinical response measured by the adapted Mayo score was driven by a reduction in rectal bleeding.
Shares of Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVOS) were down 12% to $5.18. Vivos Therapeutics shares jumped around 54% on Monday after the company announced the FDA granted 510(k) market clearance to its mmRNA device for treating mild to moderate OSA, sleep-disordered breathing and snoring in adults.
ImmuCell Corporation (NASDAQ: ICCC) was down, falling 12% to $8.01. ImmuCell said the FDA has issued a Technical Section Incomplete Letter covering Chemistry, Manufacturing And Controls (CMC) Technical Section for Re-Tain.
In commodity news, oil traded up 2.4% to $67.23, while gold traded up 0.2% to $1,809.10.
Silver traded up 0.9% Tuesday to $23.875 while copper rose 0.8% to $4.2710.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 slipped 0.02%, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.22% and the German DAX 30 gained 0.33%. Meanwhile, the London’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.24%, French CAC 40 fell 0.28% and Italy’s FTSE MIB fell 0.07%.
The German economy grew 1.6% on quarter during the second quarter versus a revised 2% contraction in the first three months of the year.
The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index rose 15.9% year-over-year during the first three weeks of August.
New home sales rose 1% to an annual rate of 708,000.
The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index fell to 9 in August from 27 in July.
The Treasury is set to auction 2-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Data on money supply for July will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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