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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility.

Some of the largest moves in the market today include: Nasdaq 100 Index (US) has experienced a move of -0.7%. Gold has experienced a move of +0.6%. S&P 500 Index (US) has experienced a move of -0.4%.

The People’s Bank of China has maintained its 1-year loan prime rate at 3.45% while reducing the key 5-year rate by 25 basis points to encourage borrowing and stimulate economic growth, particularly in the housing sector.

Meanwhile, Italy reported a significant increase in its current account surplus for December due to an impressive goods surplus bolstered by stabilized energy prices and improvements across primary accounts; however, it also faced a shift into deficit within secondary accounts.

These developments come as markets digest central bank activities with investors keenly awaiting minutes from major institutions like the Federal Reserve (FOMC), European Central Bank (ECB), and Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) that could hint at future monetary policy shifts.

AI-generated summaries of notable ETF moves:

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund’s price moved down, correlating with a drop in the Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF. Visa and Mastercard had negative returns, potentially impacted by concerns over digital payment growth and industry developments like acquisitions. Berkshire Hathaway showed no contribution despite recent actions affecting its revenue growth potential.

The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF may have been influenced by Barclays PLC’s significant stock increase and upcoming share buybacks. The two assets show a high correlation in movement, despite Barclays missing earnings estimates and announcing cost-cutting measures which could impact both securities’ market sentiment going forward.

AI-generated summaries of notable stock moves:

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Walmart Inc | WMT $178.40 +4.5%
Consumer Staples, Consumer Staples Merchandise Retail
Walmart Inc reported strong Q4 earnings, beating expectations with higher EPS and revenues. The company announced an acquisition of VIZIO Holding for $2.3B and raised its annual dividend by 9%. Analysts forecast continued financial resilience based on Walmart’s pricing strategy and sector outperformance. 

Discover Financial Services | DFS $124.50 +12.7%
Financials, Consumer Finance
Capital One in talks to acquire Discover Financial Services, creating a major credit card entity. Despite potential regulatory hurdles under Biden’s administration due to concerns about industry competition and lending impact on consumers, the merger could reshape the financial sector landscape amidst leadership changes at Discover ($COF, $DFS). 

Mastercard Inc | MA $452.90 -3.2%
Financials, Transaction & Payment Processing Services
Mastercard Inc is potentially overvalued based on intrinsic value estimates from discounted earnings and free cash flow models. Despite no significant company-specific news, it has underperformed sector peers amidst a broader market decline indicated by the high correlation with the S&P 500 Index. 

Globalfoundries Inc | GFS $57.18 +7.4%
Information Technology, Semiconductors
Globalfoundries Inc. received a $1.5 billion grant from the U.S. government to expand semiconductor production, with plans for new facilities in New York and Vermont alongside significant investments totaling $12.5 billion over time.This positive development coincides with an increase in its stock price following efforts to bolster domestic chip manufacturing capabilities. 

Medtronic PLC | MDT $86.75 +3.2%
Health Care, Health Care Equipment
Medtronic PLC reported higher-than-expected Q3 earnings, beating estimates for both EPS and revenues. They raised their guidance for FY 2024, citing strong performance in various product portfolios like diabetes and cardiac devices. Despite recent stock price fluctuations, Medtronic appears to be outperforming its sector peers post-earnings announcement.

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