During Market hours yesterday – Wednesday (14.10.2020):

Stocks fell for a second day on Wednesday after comments from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dampened expectations of a coronavirus stimulus deal being reached before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

  • The Dow (Symbol: DIA) was down 0.6%. The S&P 500 (Symbol: SPY) closed 0.6% lower and the Nasdaq (Symbol: QQQ) slid 0.8%.
  • Wells Fargo (Symbol: WFC) Wells Fargo shares dropped 6% after the banking giant reported a weaker-than-expected profit for the third quarter. The company said its earnings per share came in at 42 cents and analysts polled by Refinitiv had forecast a profit of 45 cents per share. Wells Fargo’s net interest income fell by 19% to $9.368 billion from the year-earlier period.
  • Bank of America (Symbol: BAC)  The banking giant’s stock fell 5.3% on the back of a disappointing revenue figure for the third quarter. Bank of America said its revenue for the quarter came in at $20.45 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a revenue print of $20.8 billion. The company also reported a 16% year-over-year earnings drop.
  • UnitedHealth (Symbol: UNH)  Shares of the healthcare giant ticked down about 2.9% despite beating on the top and bottom lines of its quarterly results. UnitedHealth reported earnings per share of $3.51 on revenue of $65.12 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of $3.09 on revenue of $63.88 billion, according to Refinitiv. The company’s CEO said on the earnings call that Covid-19 paints an uncertain picture for earnings in 2021.
  • Constellation Brands (Symbol: NIO)  Shares of the beverage maker lost 2.4% after Atlantic Equities downgraded the stock to neutral from overweight. The investment firm said in a note that it was worried that concerns over “beer supply capacity” would hurt the stock going forward.
  • New York Times (Symbol: NYT)  The media stock jumped 4.2% after Morgan Stanley initiated coverage of the company with an overweight rating. The investment firm said in a note that the Times has a “unique opportunity to scale its paid subscriber base” and could grow its U.S. subscriber base by about 200%.
  • Nio (Symbol: NIO) The electric vehicle maker’s stock jumped more than 22% after JPMorgan upgraded the company to an overweight rating. The firm also lifted its price target to $40, which is nearly double where shares closed on Tuesday. The stock is up more than 500% for 2020.
  • Tesla (Symbol: TSLA)  Tesla shares climbed 3.3% after a Goldman Sachs analyst hiked his price target on the electric car maker to $450 per share from $400 per share. The analyst said Tesla will “benefit” from an improving auto environment.
  • Kroger (Symbol: KR) A Wells Fargo analyst downgraded Kroger to equal weight from overweight, sending the stock down 2.8%. “KR remains a key beneficiary of the COVID pandemic, but the risk/reward no longer looks favorable to us,” the analyst said.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Symbol: BBBY)  The retailer rose more than 8% after announcing plans to offload parts of its non-core assets, which will generate roughly $250 million. The company will sell its Christmas Tree Shops retail chain, its Linen Holdings business and a distribution center in Florence, New Jersey.
  • AMC (Symbol: AMC) AMC dropped 16.4% after Bloomberg News reported the movie theater chain was considering its options, including a potential bankruptcy filing. On Tuesday, the company warned it could run out of cash by early 2021.
  • Dave & Buster’s (Symbol: PLAY) Shares of Dave & Buster’s jumped 6.9% after the company said it has reopened 98 of 136 stores while same-store sales have stabilized since plunging by 87% in the second quarter.

 During Premarket hours today – Thursday (15.10.2020):

Weekly jobless claims come in at 898,000, vs 830,000 expected

  • United Airlines (Symbol: UAL) United reported a quarterly loss of $8.16 per share, wider than the loss of $7.53 predicted by analysts, although revenue was essentially in line with Wall Street estimates.
  • Morgan Stanley (Symbol: MS) Morgan Stanley reported quarterly earnings of $1.66 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $1.28, with revenue also coming in above Wall Street projections.

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