U.S. stocks traded lower midway through trading, with the Dow Jones dropping 250 points on Wednesday.
The Dow traded down 0.75% to 33,897.14 while the NASDAQ fell 1.59% to 12,894.13. The S&P also fell, dropping, 0.99% to 4,262.67.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Energy shares climbed 0.5% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOM), up 8% and Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO) up 7%.
In trading on Wednesday, materials shares fell by 1.8%.
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) reported better-than-expected Q2 EPS results.
Lowe’s reported a second-quarter FY22 sales decline of 0.34% year-on-year to $27.48 billion, missing the consensus of $28.14 billion. EPS of $4.67 beat the analyst consensus of $4.62.
Equities Trading UP
Blue Water Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWV) shares shot up 102% to $5.15 after the company announced it plans to explore the potential development of a novel monkeypox vaccine using its norovirus shell and protrusion virus-like particle platform.
Shares of Cassava Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAVA) got a boost, shooting 31% to $26.43 after a form 4 filing showed Director Sanford Robertson purchased 100,000 shares at an average price of $20.69.
Hill International, Inc. (NYSE:HIL) shares were also up, gaining 61% to $2.7950 after Global Infrastructure Solutions (GISI) and the company announced an agreement to merge in an all-cash transaction valued at $173 million.
Equities Trading DOWN
Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (NASDAQ:SDIG) shares tumbled 23% to $2.4650 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q2 sales results.
Shares of PAVmed Inc. (NASDAQ:PAVM) were down 22% to $1.5350 after the company issued business update and preliminary Q2 financial results. Lake Street maintained PAVmed with a Buy and lowered the price target from $7 to $5.
Lulu’s Fashion Lounge Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLU) was down, falling 22% to $6.07 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q2 EPS. Piper Sandler lowered its price target on the stock from $14 to $11.
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In commodity news, oil traded up 0.4% to $86.90, while gold traded down 0.8% to $1,775.80.
Silver traded down 2.1% to $19.665 on Wednesday while copper fell 1.1% to $3.5835.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.91%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.27% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.91%. The German DAX dipped 2.04%, French CAC 40 fell 0.97% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 1.04%.
The annual inflation rate in the UK accelerated to 10.1% in July from 9.4% in the earlier period, while core producer prices in the UK rose by 14.6% year-over-year in July following a revised 14.9% increase in the previous month.
The Eurozone economy expanded 0.6% on quarter in the second quarter, down from a preliminary reading of 0.7% growth, and compared to a 0.5% rise in first quarter. The number of employed persons in the Eurozone increased by 0.3% on the quarter during the three months to June.
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly stalled in July, versus market expectations for a 0.1% increase.
U.S. business inventories increased 1.4% from a month ago in June.
U.S. crude-oil inventories dropped 7.1 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration said.
The Treasury will auction 20-year bonds at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The Federal Open Market Committee will issue minutes of its latest meeting at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman will speak at 2:20 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 94,869,930 cases with around 1,063,080 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,286,250 cases and 527,130 deaths, while France reported over 34,240,330 COVID-19 cases with 153,240 deaths. In total, there were at least 597,284,190 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,460,130 deaths.