U.S. stocks turned lower midway through trading, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 300 points on Wednesday.
The Dow traded down 0.99% to 33,575.05 while the NASDAQ fell 0.61% to 11,027.26. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.75% to 3,960.85.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Energy shares gained by 0.1% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FET), up 7%, and Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:NRT), up 5%.
In trading on Wednesday, consumer staples shares fell by 1.8%.
Producer prices for final demand in the US fell 0.5% month-over-month in December.
Equities Trading UP
- Ontrak, Inc.. (NASDAQ:OTRK) shares shot up 122% to $1.2792 after the company announced new data that shows a reduction in depression and axiety symptoms for Ontrak Health’s Wholehealth+ program members.
- Shares of Sigilon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTX) got a boost, shooting 46% to $0.6012 after Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on the stock with a Buy rating and a $6 price target.
- Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NRGV) shares were also up, gaining 39% to $4.9401 after the company updated Q4 and FY22 expected revenue results.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Bit Brother Limited (NASDAQ:BTB) shares tumbled 69% to $2.0736 after the company reported pricing of $7.1 million registered direct offering.
- Shares of Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ:FUV) were down 59% to $2.52 after the company announced pricing of its $12 million public offering.
- PAVmed Inc. (NASDAQ:PAVM) was down, falling 18% to $0.5189 after the company announced a workforce reduction of roughly 20% alongside other cost-cutting measures.
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In commodity news, oil traded up 1% to $81.00 while gold traded up 0.1% at $1,909.90.
Silver traded down 0.7% to $23.89 on Wednesday while copper rose 0.6% to $4.2480.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.23%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.26% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index gained 0.4%. The German DAX declined 0.03% French CAC 40 climbed 0.09% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.27%.
Passenger car registrations in the European Union climbed 12.8% year-over-year to 896,967 units during December. Annual inflation rate in the UK declined to 10.5% in December from 10.7% in the prior month. Italy recorded a trade surplus of EUR 1.14 billion in November, recording the first surplus in 12 months.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index gaining 0.47%, and China’s Shanghai Composite Index rising 0.01%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 2.5%.
The Bank of Japan kept its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1%. Industrial production in Japan rose 0.2% month-over-month in November, while core machinery orders dipped 8.3% month-over-month in November. Foreign direct investment into China surged 6.3% from a year ago to CNY 1.27 trillion during 2022.
- Mortgage applications in the US increased 27.9% in the week ended Jan. 13, 2023.
- Retail sales in the US dropped 1.1% month-over-month in December.
- Producer prices for final demand in the US fell 0.5% month-over-month in December.
- Industrial production in the US dropped by 0.7% month-over-month in December.
- The NAHB housing market index rose to 35 in January from 31 in December.
- US business inventories increased by 0.4% from a month ago in November.
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The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 103,614,410 cases with around 1,125,890 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,681,880 cases and 530,720 deaths, while France reported over 39,461,380 COVID-19 cases with 163,560 deaths. In total, there were at least 672,042,770 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,734,120 deaths.