10.30am EST/ 3.30pm: Proactive North America headlines:
Valeo Pharma Inc (CSE:VPH) wins Health Canada natural product licence for its immune support Hesperco capsules
Avalon GloboCare Corp (NASDAQ: AVCO) launches its new MSC platform as a potential therapy for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Todos Medical Ltd (OTCQB:TOMDF) doubles August sales to around $1.2M on the back of surging demand for extraction reagents and equipment
9.40am: Wall Street stumbles
Despite expectations of a mixed open, the main Wall Street indices slipped into negative territory in the early minutes of Thursday’s session despite a better than expected jobless claims report.
Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.15% at 29,056 while the S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 3,562 and the Nasdaq dropped 1.48% to 11,878.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq had been predicted to open in the green earlier today, however investors seemed content to engage in profit-taking following a seemingly endless march higher form the main indices.
The Nasdaq’s performance may have been affected by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), which sank 2.77% to US$294.11 in early deals after the social media giant said it will ban new political ads in the week leading up to the presidential election on November 3 in an effort to reign in misinformation on its platform.
Market sentiment also remained unmoved by jobless claims data for the week ended August 29, which showed 881,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits during the period, down from just over 1 million in the previous week and below estimates of around 940,000.
7.40am: Wall Street heads for mixed open
US markets are tipped to see more of a mixed open on Thursday, with the Nasdaq once again leaving the other main indices in the dust.
The tech-heavy index is set to open at just under 12,300, up 44 points, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is tipped to dip to 29,070, down 30 points from last night’s close, and the S&P 500 is seen opening its account 15 points lower at 3,566.
“On Wall Street, the record rally continues and appears unstoppable. It is not only tech stocks benefiting from the renewed risk appetite, but increasingly other sectors too, which is a healthy sign,” said Milan Cutkovic, a market analyst at AxiCorp.
Technically, it is impossible for an index to rally – i.e. recover from a setback – when it is at an all-time high, but we get what Cutkovic means.
“Recent economic data have raised hopes for a relatively swift recovery. While the pandemic keeps the uncertainty at a high level, investors are not overly worried about the increase in COVID-19 cases, as governments and central banks worldwide have taken decisive measures.
“Furthermore, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine by November.,” Cutkovic continued.
“It is an aggressive goal but reiterates that the race to find an effective vaccine is making progress,” he concluded.
US traders have numerous macroeconomic releases to look forward to, including the non-manufacturing ISM (Institute for Supply Management) and final services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for August, and July’s final trade data.
“Moreover, after yesterday’s big downside surprise in the ADP employment index (428k), and ahead of tomorrow’s August payrolls report, this afternoon will bring Challenger job cuts figures and, in particular, weekly initial jobless claims numbers,” observed Daiwa Capital Markets.
Five things to watch for on Thursday:
- US jobless claims data for the week to August 29, which are expected to show 950,000 American workers filed for unemployment benefits during the week, down from just over 1 million in the preceding week but still well above the 665,000 weekly peak during the Great Recession in 2009
- The US trade deficit data for July may also attract some notice on the macro calendar. The deficit narrowed to US$50.7 billion in June from US$54.8 billion in May as the global economy recovered from the pandemic shock, so many will be hoping this trajectory continues
- Final reading of the US services PMI for August, with the initial reading showing a rise to 54.8 from 50 in July, above expectations of 51. There will also be the final reading of the composite PMI, which rose to 54.7 from 50.3 month-on-month
- Earnings data from bookshop chain Barnes & Noble Education Inc (NYSE:BNED), which follow the company’s decision last month not to put itself up for sales following a strategic review
Published at Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:26:00 +0000-Wall Street stumbles into the red at the opening bell