During Market hours Yesterday — (Monday – 02.08.2021):
- The Dow (Symbol: DIA) slid 0.32%. The S&P 500 (Symbol: SPY) went down 0.21% and the Nasdaq (Symbol: QQQ) edged 0.01%.
- Square (Symbol: SQ)— Jack Dorsey’s payments company saw its shares surge 10.16% after the firm announced plans to buy Australian fintech company Afterpay in a $29 billion, all-stock deal as it looks to expand further into the booming installment loan market. The price tag marks a roughly 30% premium to Afterpay’s last closing price. Square also reported second-quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, up from a loss of 3 cents per share over the same period last year. The company’s gross profit increased 91% from a year ago, which marked a record quarterly growth rate.
- Payments stocks — Stocks of payment tech firms that provide card issuer processing and network services to banks are sinking in response to the news of Square’s buy-now-pay-later acquisition of Afterpay. Global Payments shares (Symbol: GPN) sank 11.18% despite reporting second quarter earnings of $2.04 that beat analysts’ expectations $1.90. FIS shares (Symbol: FIS) fell 6.6% and Fiserv (Symbol: FISV) shares are down 4.6%.
- Robinhood (Symbol: HOOD)— Shares of the newly public stock trading app rose 7.2% following its Nasdaq debut last week. ARK Invest’s Cathie Wood purchased about $65 million worth of Robinhood shares on Friday in three ARK funds, a major vote of confidence from the innovation investor.
- Moderna (Symbol: MRNA), Pfizer (Symbol: PFE), BioNTech (Symbol: BNTX)— Pfizer shares rose 2.69% and its partner BioNTech’s shares jumped 3.61% after it raised prices for its Covid-19 vaccines in Europe. However, shares of Moderna, which also raised prices in Europe, lost 1.98%. The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to give both vaccines full approval, which could happen within the next month for Pfizer and BioNTech.
- Under Armour (Symbol: UAA)— Shares of the apparel company rose 3.2% after investment firm Baird named the stock a fresh pick. Under Armour is well-positioned to beat expectations when it reports earnings on Tuesday and has upside due to its underperformance versus Nike, Baird said.
- Ralph Lauren (Symbol: RL)— Shares of the apparel retailer gained 3.9% after Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of the stock with a buy rating. The bank highlighted Ralph Lauren’s strength from direct-to-consumer digital sales and said it’s “upbeat” about the company’s turnaround.
- First Solar (Symbol: FSLR)— The solar power systems maker saw its shares rise 2.5% after Susquehanna Financial upgraded it to “positive” from “neutral,” citing upbeat management comments on solar module demand and pricing.
- Capri Holdings (Symbol: CPRI)— Shares of Capri Holdings added 1.5% after MKM upgraded the stock to buy from hold. The Michael Kors and Versace parent company reported quarterly earnings Friday and raised its annual revenue forecast. “Following a string of quarters of better than expected sales and earnings (despite headwinds from wholesale and Europe), we have increased conviction that CPRI’s playbook is working in what has been a ‘show-me story’ of its execution on acquisitions,” MKM said.
- Tesla (Symbol: TSLA)— Tesla shares rose 3.27% as Wall Street analysts continue to view the stock with optimism through earnings season and Fed uncertainty. On Monday Goldman Sachs included Tesla in companies with strong balance sheets it’s advising clients to buy.
During Premarket hours today – (Tuesday – 03.08.2021):
- Under Armour (Symbol: UAA) – Under Armour shares jumped 4.5% in the premarket, after the athletic apparel maker beat estimates on the top and bottom lines and the company raised its full-year forecast. Under Armour reported quarterly earnings of 24 cents per share, compared to a consensus estimate of 6 cents a share.
- Translate Bio (Symbol: TBIO) – French drugmaker Sanofi (Symbol: SNY) agreed to buy the U.S.-based biotech company for $3.2 billion, or $38 per share in cash. Translate Bio specializes in mRNA technology, the type that was used to produce the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. Translate Bio shares soared 29.6% in premarket trading.
- Clorox (Symbol: CLX) – Clorox tumbled 8.6% in premarket action after the household products maker missed top and bottom line estimates for its latest quarter. Clorox’s sales fell from a year ago, when consumers stocked up on its products amid the surging pandemic.
- Eli Lilly (Symbol: LLY) – The drugmaker’s shares lost 1.7% in premarket trading, after falling 2 cents a share shy of estimates, with quarterly earnings of $1.87 per share. Revenue beat forecasts, but Lilly’s overall results were impacted by weaker sales of Covid-19 therapies as more Americans got vaccinated.
- Marriott (Symbol: MAR) – The hotel operator’s stock gained 1.8% in premarket trading after it reported quarterly earnings of 79 cents per share, compared to a 45 cents a share consensus estimate. Revenue more than doubled from a year ago thanks to a rebound in travel demand, though it did fall slightly short of Wall Street forecasts.
- Take-Two Interactive (Symbol: TTWO) – Take-Two lost 4.3% premarket trading after issuing a weaker-than-expected outlook and announcing delays in new releases for some of its games. The video game producer beat estimates by 12 cents a share, with quarterly profit of $1.01 per share. Take-Two’s revenue also topped Wall Street forecasts.
- BP (Symbol: BP) – BP surged 6.3% in premarket trading after it reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, thanks to higher oil and gas prices. The energy producer also announced a 4% dividend hike and a boost to its share buyback program.
- Stellantis (Symbol: STLA) – Stellantis raised its full-year profit margin outlook after the automaker reported strong first-half financial results, boosted by record margins in North America. The upbeat results came despite the impact of the global chip shortage which cut production by 700,000 vehicles. The stock rallied 5.3% in the premarket.
- Micron Technology (Symbol: MU) – Micron instituted its first-ever dividend, with the chip maker planning to pay 10 cents per share in cash payable on October 18. Micron also said it had updated its share buyback policy to buy more when prices are low and fewer when prices are high. Micron shares gained 1.9% in the premarket.
- Simon Property Group (Symbol: SPG) – Simon Property shares rose 2.8% in premarket trading after it said sales at its shopping centers returned to pre-pandemic levels in June. The largest U.S. mall owner is hoping the improved results encourage retailers to sign new leases and help it fill space vacated during the pandemic.
- SolarEdge Technologies (Symbol: SEDG) – SolarEdge reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for its latest quarter, with the solar energy company also providing an upbeat current-quarter forecast. SolarEdge surged 11.4% in the premarket.
- Reynolds Consumer Products (Symbol: REYN) – Reynolds beat estimates by a penny a share, with quarterly earnings of 39 cents per share. Revenue fell short of Street forecasts, however. The maker of products like Hefty garbage bags and Reynolds Wrap said it was pleased with the results in the face of higher input costs supply chain issues. Reynolds lost 3.6% in premarket action.
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