During the session on January 22, American stock indexes finished mostly in the red zone. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.30% to 3841 points, the Dow Jones lost 0.57%, and only the NASDAQ was able to add a symbolic 0.09%. The news background remained calm. A slight correction was caused by the fixation of positions after the rally. The real estate sector outperformed the market, climbing 0.3% on the back of an unexpected rise in secondary home sales. In general, macro statistics pleasantly surprised investors: business activity increased significantly in January.
Intel (INTC: -9.3%) posted good quarterly results, but investors were disappointed with forecasts of insufficient pace of outsourcing of part of the production of microchips.
IBM (IBM: -9.9%) quarterly revenue fell short of consensus expectations.
Medical device maker Intuitive Surgical (ISRG: -6.8%) notes the continued negative impact of COVID-19 on surgical system sales, so it is holding back from forecasts for the current year for now.
Today, world stock exchanges are showing mostly positive dynamics. The focus is on negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over a $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package. The last meeting of legislators took place on Sunday, which indicates the desire to make a decision as quickly as possible. The Biden administration is pushing Congress hard as speeding up the vaccination process is heavily dependent on additional funding. Almost all congressmen agree with this, but on many other points of the plan, the contradictions are growing. Investors have already come to a consensus that in the final version the volume of the next anti-crisis package will be significantly less than the declared $ 1.9 trillion. Optimism at the moment is due to the fact
The season of corporate reporting has a decisive influence on the dynamics of the market. Microsoft, AMD, Apple, Facebook, and several other major corporations will report quarterly results this week.
Asian stock markets closed in the green. Japan’s Nikkei added 0.67%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 2.41% and China’s CSI300 climbed 1.01%. The European EuroStoxx 50 is trading near zero.
The appetite for risk increases. The 10-year Treasury rate is reduced to 1.08%. Brent crude futures are rising to $ 55.75. Gold is consolidating around $ 1,855.
The Freedom Finance Sentiment Index climbed to 65 out of 100. The indicator reflects market participants’ hope for a global economic recovery in 2021. Concerns about the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic are slowly diminishing thanks to the prospect of mass vaccinations.
Technically, the S&P 500 is showing an upward bias in the medium term. The trading session on January 22 did not change the picture. The relative strength of buyers prevails, but the upper border of the equidistant channel at 3860 points is a serious resistance. In this regard, short-term consolidation is quite possible.
Today Top Movers
BlackBerry Ltd (BB) stock ascended 28.21% at $18 in the pre-market trading today.
Castor Maritime Inc (CTRM) stock moved up 2.47 percent to $0.41 in the pre-market trading following the declaration of $15.3 million debt financing.
Palantir Technologies Inc (PLTR) is up more than 6.26% at $34.62 in pre-market hours Monday, January 25, 2021, after the firm declared that Lauren Friedman Stat has been appointed to Palantir’s Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the Board.
Vyne Therapeutics Inc (VYNE) grew over 60.11% at $3.01 in pre-market trading today. The company revealed the execution of a contract with a major PBM for its novel AMZEEQ® (minocycline) topical foam, 4%, and ZILXI® (minocycline) topical foam, 1.5%.
Top Upgrades & Downgrades
RBC Capital turned bullish on American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO), upgrading the stock to “Outperform” and assigning a $30.0 price target, representing a potential upside of 23.56% from Friday’s close.
Atlantic Capital Bancshares Inc. (ACBI) has won the favor of Raymond James’s equity research team. The firm upgraded the shares from Market Perform to Outperform.
Medifast Inc. (MED) received an upgrade from analysts at Jefferies, who also set their one-year price target on the stock to $265.0. They changed their rating on MED to Buy from Hold in a recently issued research note.
Earlier Monday Goldman Sachs reduced its rating on IMAX Corporation (IMAX) stock to Neutral from Buy and assigned the price target to $17.9.
Truist Securities analysts reduced their investment ratings, saying in research reports covered by the media that it’s rating for Magnite Inc. (MGNI) has been changed to Hold from Buy and the new price target is set at $37.
Analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU)’s stock to Neutral from Buy Monday.
Latest Insider Activity
3D Systems Corporation (DDD) EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Sec Johnson Andrew Martin announced the sale of shares taking place on Jan 22 at $30.10 for some 4,000 shares. The total came to more than $0.12 million.
Kopin Corporation (KOPN) Chief Financial Officer SNEIDER RICHARD sold on Jan 22 a total of 364,006 shares at $4.00 on average. The insider’s sale generated proceeds of almost $0.18 million.
ServiceSource International Inc. (SREV) 10% Owner Edenbrook Capital, LLC declared the purchase of shares taking place on Jan 21 at $1.50 for some 78,880 shares. The transaction amount was around $0.12 million.
Owens & Minor Inc. (OMI) Director Henkel Robert J bought on Jan 15 a total 21,000 shares at $27.11 on average. The purchase cost the insider an estimated $27,110.
Top US earnings releases scheduled for today include Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD). It will announce its Dec 2020 financial results. The company is expected to report earnings of $0.83 per share from revenues of $2.53B in the three-month period.
Analysts expect AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) to report a net income (adjusted) of $0.65 per share when the bank releases its quarterly results shortly. Revenue for the fiscal quarter ended Dec 2020 is predicted to come in at $362.11M.
Xilinx Inc. (XLNX), due to announce earnings after the market closes today, is expected to report earnings of $0.68 per share from revenues of $775.66M recently concluded three-month period.