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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Lower; JD.com Tops Q1 Estimates

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.07% to 23609.20 while the NASDAQ fell 0.23% to 8923.46. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.13% to 2,848.65.

Benzinga · 05/15/2020 14:18

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.07% to 23609.20 while the NASDAQ fell 0.23% to 8923.46. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.13% to 2,848.65.

The U.S. is the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with the highest number of cases and deaths around the world. U.S. reported a total of 1,417,880 coronavirus cases with around 85,900 deaths. Britain confirmed a total of over 234,440 coronavirus cases with 33,690 deaths, while Russia reported a total of at least 252,240 confirmed cases and 2,300 deaths. In total, there were at least 4,444,670 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 302,490 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Energy shares climbed by 1% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included EQM Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: EQM), up 8%, and Equitrans Midstream Corporation (NYSE: ETRN), up 7%.

In trading on Friday, real estate shares fell 1.8%.

Top Headline

JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ: JD) reported better-than-expected earnings and sales for its first quarter.

JD.Com reported first-quarter earnings of 28 cents per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of 11 cents. The company reported quarterly sales of $20.6 billion, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $19.29 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: SRNE) shares shot up 71% to $4.485 amid investor attention surrounding the company's STI-1499 coronavirus antibody.

Shares of Bridgeline Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLIN) got a boost, shooting 91% to $2.38 following Q2 results. Bridgeline Digital swung to earnings of $0.33 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $39.93 per share.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) shares were also up, gaining 45% to $9.66 after reporting a rise in its Q3 sales.

Equities Trading DOWN

Cassava Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAVA) shares tumbled 70% to $2.46 after the company announced the results from its Phase 2b study of PTI-125 in Alzheimer's disease did not meet the primary endpoint.

Shares of Creative Realities, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREX) were down 31% to $2.95 after the company filed for a mixed shelf offering of up to $50 million. The company also reported Q1 sales results down from last year.

Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SES) was down, falling 31% to $2.00. Synthesis Energy Systems received a notice from the Nasdaq Panel that it will suspend trading in company’s stock as of May 18.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.5% to $27.98, while gold traded down 0.1% to $1,739.20.

Silver traded up 2.8% Friday to $16.61, while copper rose 0.3% to $2.352.

Euro zone

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.8%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.5%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.3%. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 1.3%, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.4% while UK shares rose 0.8%.

Economics

U.S. retail sales dipped 16.4% in April, versus analysts’ estimates of a 12% decline.

The New York Empire State manufacturing index climbed to -48.5 in May, versus a reading of -78.2 in the prior month.

U.S. industrial production dropped 11.2% in April, versus analysts’ expectations for an 11.5% fall.

U.S. business inventories dropped 0.2% in March, versus a revised 0.5% fall in February.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index climbed to 73.7 in May, versus previous reading of 71.8.

The number of job openings fell by 813,000 to 6.191 million in March, versus a revised reading of 7.004 million in the prior month, the Labor Department reported.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is scheduled for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Treasury International Capital report for March will be released at 4:00 p.m. ET.