Friday, February 9, 2024
The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility.
Some of the largest moves in the market today include: Bitcoin has experienced an extreme move of +4.8%. S&P 500 Index (US) has experienced an extreme move of +1.3%. Nasdaq 100 Index (US) has experienced an extreme move of +1.6%.
Canada’s unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 5.7% in January from the previous month’s 22-month high of 5.8%, beating forecasts and potentially giving the Bank of Canada room to maintain higher interest rates longer, while employment figures also surpassed expectations with a rise by 37.3K jobs led by gains in services sectors like wholesale, retail trade, and finance industries despite declines elsewhere such as accommodation and food services.
Meanwhile, Italy reported stronger-than-expected industrial production growth at 1.1% for December after a decline in November; however annual output still marked an eleventh consecutive negative period.
In market news, these positive economic signals may influence upcoming central bank decisions alongside other key data releases next week including US inflation numbers which are critical amidst observed outflows from US equities due to ongoing inflation concerns reflected across bond markets too—factors that will be weighed against Germany’s final CPI release affecting ECB policy considerations—and Bitcoin’s surge linked both to spot ETF optimism and broader risk appetite evidenced by near-record levels on major indices like Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P500.
AI-generated summaries of notable premarket ETF moves:
VANGUARD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ETF | VGT $517.34 +0.7%
The Vanguard Information Technology ETF’s price increased by 0.7% since the previous close, aligning with a significant surge of +27.3% in Cloudflare Inc’s stock price due to positive Q4 earnings and revenue results above expectations. The Nasdaq 100 Index also rose by 1.5%, suggesting that movements in the broader market may have influenced technology stocks within the ETF as well (+250).
ISHARES GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE ETF | IGF $44.77 -0.8%
The iShares Global Infrastructure ETF’s price has declined -0.9% since the previous close. Duke Energy Corp, ASR, and Constellation Energy Corp were the top contributors to this decline with returns of -3.2%, -1.6%, and -1.7% respectively due to various factors such as adjusted earnings below expectations and increased charitable giving aligned with a commitment to carbon-free energy production by Constellation Energy Corp.
AI-generated summaries of notable premarket stock moves:
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Expedia Group Inc | EXPE $134.28 -15.9%
Consumer Discretionary, Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines
Expedia Group Inc’s stock has dropped significantly (-15.3%) due to concerns about moderating booking and uneven travel demand, as well as falling average ticket prices in air travel revenue. The CEO transition plan with Ariane Gorin replacing Peter Kern may have also impacted investor sentiment. Despite better-than-expected Q4 profits, the company’s first-quarter guidance fell short of expectations for revenue growth compared to consensus estimates.
Cloudflare Inc | NET $111.47 +23.1%
Information Technology, Internet Services & Infrastructure
Cloudflare Inc’s stock price surged 22.9% since the previous close, driven by strong Q4 earnings that beat expectations and positive guidance for both Q1 and FY2024. Multiple analysts raised their price targets following the report. The correlation with Nasdaq 100 Index suggests broader market movements may have influenced Cloudflare’s stock as well.
Affirm Holdings Inc | AFRM $42.60 -13.4%
Financials, Transaction & Payment Processing Services
Affirm Holdings Inc’s stock price slipped despite reporting better-than-expected Q2 earnings, beating EPS estimates by $0.19 and surpassing revenue expectations by 13.54%. The company also raised its full-year gross merchandise volume forecast to over $25 billion and increased its operating margin view to over 11%. However, no specific news can be found that would explain the downward movement in Affirm’s stock price.
Darden Restaurants Inc | DRI $172.50 +2.6%
Consumer Discretionary, Restaurants
This may be influenced by broader market movements, as the correlation between Darden and the Russell 2000 Index is relatively high at 0.6. The positive sentiment towards smaller companies within the US market could have contributed to Darden’s performance today.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc | TTWO $155.51 -7.9%
Communication Services, Interactive Home Entertainment
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s stock price declined significantly by -8.0% due to lower-than-expected Q3 earnings and weak guidance for the current quarter. Analysts have adjusted their price targets, while cost reduction measures are being implemented. Despite beating revenue expectations in the recent quarter, Take-Two provided below-consensus guidance for Q4 on both EPS and revenues.