Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Tumbles 350 Points; AppLovin Shares Jump

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U.S. stocks traded lower this morning, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 350 points on Thursday.

The Dow traded down 1.15% to 31,467.53 while the NASDAQ fell 0.92% to 11,259.14. The S&P also fell, dropping, 1.15% to 3,889.95.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

Consumer discretionary shares rose by 1.3% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Lordstown Motors Corp. (NASDAQ:RIDE), up 45% and Carvana Co. (NYSE:CVNA) up 27%.

In trading on Thursday, information technology shares dipped 2%.

Top Headline

U.S. producer prices rose 0.5% month-over-month in April following a revised 1.6% increase in March.

Equities Trading UP

AppLovin Corporation (NASDAQ:APP) shares shot up 37% to $37.32 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 sales results and announced a $750 million share buyback.

Shares of Squarespace, Inc. (NYSE:SQSP) got a boost, shooting 39% to $20.14 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 sales results and issued Q2 and FY22 sales guidance above analyst estimates. The company also announced a buyback program of up to $200 million.

Lordstown Motors Corp. (NASDAQ:RIDE) shares were also up, gaining 43% to $2.16. The company said on Wednesday it has closed a $230 million deal to sell its Ohio factory to Taiwan’s Hon Hai Technology, better known as Foxconn

Equities Trading DOWN

Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE:BROS) shares tumbled 28% to $24.62 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q1 EPS results and issued FY22 revenue guidance below analyst estimates.

Shares of Atento S.A. (NYSE:ATTO) were down 36% to $15.00 after reporting Q1 results.

Outbrain Inc. (NASDAQ:OB) was down, falling 23% to $6.05 after reporting Q1 results.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.9% to $106.67, while gold traded down 1.1% to $1,834.30.

Silver traded down 3.1% to $20.905 on Thursday while copper fell 2.4% to $4.1070.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.75%, London’s FTSE 100 dipped 1.56% and Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 1.35%. The German DAX dropped 0.64%, French CAC 40 fell 1.01% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.67%.

The British economy grew 8.7% year-over-year in the first quarter, compared to 6.6% growth in the previous quarter. Construction output in the UK increased by 4.7% year-over-year in March, while industrial production eased 0.2% from a month ago in March. The UK trade deficit widened to GBP 11.5 billion in March from a revised GBP 9.2 billion gap in the prior month.

Economics

U.S. initial jobless claims rose by 1 thousand to 203 thousand in the week ended May 7th, versus a revised 202 thousand in the prior period.

Producer prices rose 0.5% month-over-month in April following a revised 1.6% increase in March.

The Treasury will auction 30-year bonds at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly will speak at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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COVID-19 Update

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 83,953,370 cases with around 1,025,760 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 43,113,410 cases and 524,180 deaths, while Brazil reported over 30,617,780 COVID-19 cases with 664,560 deaths. In total, there were at least 519,244,720 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,282,530 deaths.