US stocks traded mostly higher toward the end of trading, with the Dow Jones gaining over 100 points on Friday.
The Dow traded up 0.32% to 32,103.41 while the NASDAQ fell 0.09% to 10,333.91. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.31% to 3,731.53.
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Leading and Lagging Sectors
Materials shares gained 2.6% on Friday. Leading the sector was strength from Perimeter Solutions, SA PRM and Huadi International Group Co., Ltd. HUDI.
In trading on Friday, consumer discretionary shares tumbled by 0.8%.
The US economy added 261,000 jobs last month, beating average economist estimates of 205,000 jobs. The US unemployment rate came in at 3.7%, missing the 3.5% level economists had projected.
Wages were up 4.7% year-over-year and increased 0.4% from September.
Equities Trading UP
- Willdan Group, Inc. WLDN shares shot up 23% to $15.99 following strong Q3 results. Willdan was also awarded an $11 million contract with Azusa Unified School District.
- Shares of Peak Bio, Inc. PKBO got a boost, shooting 120% to $8.35. Peak Bio reported closing of up to $100 million common stock purchase transaction with White Lion Capital. Ladenburg Thalmann initiated coverage on Peak Bio with a Buy rating and announced a price target of $15.
- TransMedics Group, Inc. TMDX shares were also up, gaining 22% to $55.28 after the company reported better-than-expected Q3 EPS and sales results. The company also raised its FY22 sales guidance above analyst estimates.
Equities Trading DOWN
- Funko, Inc. FNKO shares tumbled 57% to $8.38 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q3 EPS results.
- Shares of Pulmonx Corporation LUNG were down 63% to $4.54 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q3 sales results.
- Syneos Health, Inc. SYNH was down, falling 47% to $25.51 after the company posted downbeat Q3 results and lowered FY22 guidance.
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In commodity news, oil traded up 4.3% to $91.99 while gold traded up 2.8% at $1,677.20.
Silver traded up 7.1% to $20,805 on Friday while copper rose 7.4% to $3.6820.
European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 1.81%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 2.03% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index rose 0.94%. The German DAX jumped 2.51%, French CAC 40 climbed 2.77% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 2.54%.
The producer price inflation in the Eurozone fell to 41.9% year-over-year in September from 43.4% in the previous month, while the S&P Global services PMI was revised higher to 48.6 in October versus a preliminary level of 48.2. Spain’s consumer confidence indicator declined by 1 point from the previous month to 54.7 in October, while services PMI rose to 49.7 in October from 48.5 in September.
UK’s construction PMI climbed to 53.2 in October from 52.3 in the prior month. The S&P Global Services PMI for Germany rose to 46.5 in October versus a preliminary level of 44.9. French services PMI was revised higher to 51.7 in October versus a flash level of 51.3, while industrial production in the country declined by 0.8% from the prior month in September.
Asia Pacific Markets
Asian markets closed mixed on Friday, with the Japan’s Nikkei dropping 1.68% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index jumping 5.36%. China’s Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.43%.
China’s current account surplus increased to $144.0 billion in the third quarter from $82.6 billion in the year-ago period. The au Jibun Bank Japanese services PMI rose to 53.2 in October from a preliminary reading of 53.0. Retail sales in Australia increased by 0.6% month-over-month to AUD 35.10 billion during September, while construction PMI in the country fell to 43.30 points in October from 46.50 points in the previous month.
- The US economy added 261,000 jobs last month, beating average economist estimates of 205,000 jobs. The US unemployment rate came in at 3.7%, missing the 3.5% level economists had projected.
- The total number of active US oil rigs climbed by 3 to 613 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported
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The US has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 99,580,090 cases with around 1,097,880 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,658,360 cases and 530,470 deaths, while France reported over 36,890,620 COVID-19 cases with 157,190 deaths. In total, there were at least 636,987,890 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,602,170 deaths.