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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility.

Some of the largest moves in the market today include: Ethereum has experienced an extreme move of +4.9%.Gold has experienced a move of +0.8%. US 10Y Treasury has experienced a move of +0.4%.

Italy’s GDP growth for Q4 was confirmed at 0.2%, driven by net exports, with an annual expansion of 0.6% exceeding forecasts. 

The Eurozone Composite PMI reached an eight-month high at 49.2 in February, signaling near-stabilization as services grew but manufacturing contracted; employment rose and input costs surged to a ten-month peak while business confidence improved continuously over five months. Additionally, the Services PMI indicated slight sectoral expansion after seven stagnant months.

China set ambitious targets reflecting its economy’s resilience or readiness for stimulus amidst modest service activity gains despite geopolitical tensions and domestic real estate issues; meanwhile U.S stock indexes saw pullbacks influenced by tech giants’ declines amid global macroeconomic reassessments.

AI-generated summaries of notable ETF and macro asset moves:

VANECK GOLD MINERS ETF | GDX $28.85 +1.2%
The VanEck Gold Miners ETF has seen an increase in price, coinciding with positive movements in gold prices driven by government actions and economic conditions. Speculation on potential Federal Reserve rate cuts further supports investor demand for gold as a safe-haven asset. Newmont Corporation’s performance also positively influences the ETF, reflecting their strong correlation and strategic acquisitions contributing to financial strength despite operational concerns post-acquisition.

VANGUARD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ETF | VGT $523.40 -0.9%
The Vanguard Information Technology ETF experienced a negative price movement, potentially influenced by the decline in top holdings like AAPL and MSFT. Apple’s stock drop is linked to lower iPhone sales in China against local competition, while Microsoft’s investment highlights ongoing commitment amidst industry challenges related to AI ethics. This downward trend aligns with broader sector declines, indicating possible shifts impacting technology securities and investor sentiment towards them.

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Target Corp | TGT $164.50 +9.6%
Consumer Staples, Consumer Staples Merchandise Retail
Target Corp reported Q4 earnings significantly above expectations with an EPS of $2.98 and revenues at $31.9B, leading to a positive market sentiment reflected in the stock price increase post-announcement despite declines in various sales metrics during the same period as compared to last year’s performance. 

Albemarle Corp | ALB $122.67 -8.4%
Materials, Specialty Chemicals
Albemarle Corp’s stock price declined notably as the company announced a $1.75 billion depositary shares offering to fund growth and repay debt, signaling strategic focus on expanding lithium operations in Australia and China. This move impacted investor sentiment negatively, leading to a significant after-hours drop in share price post-announcement. 

Apple Inc | AAPL $170.90 -2.3%
Information Technology, Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
Apple Inc faces challenges in China, losing market share to Huawei and Vivo. Warren Buffet selling $AAPL shares adds pressure. iPhone sales dropped by 24% in China impacting Apple’s position against local competitors. These factors coincide with the recent decline in Apple’s stock price. 

Costco Wholesale Corp | COST $768.84 +1.2%
Consumer Staples, Consumer Staples Merchandise Retail
Costco Wholesale Corp is set to announce its Q2 2024 earnings with higher EPS and revenue estimates, indicating positive growth potential. Analyst sentiment remains optimistic as Oppenheimer raises the price target to $805. The stock is reaching all-time highs in premarket trading ahead of the earnings call, reflecting strong performance despite market conditions since 2009. 

Globalfoundries Inc | GFS $52.91 -3.2%
Information Technology, Semiconductors
Globalfoundries Inc, a prominent semiconductor manufacturer facing challenges in revenue growth and profitability metrics but maintaining sound debt management practices. Analyst sentiment shows mixed views with lower price targets recently. The constrained market capitalization compared to industry peers may reflect operational limitations impacting stock performance amid broader negative market trends potentially influencing investor sentiment for future movements. Globalfoundries seems to be underperforming its sector since the previous close, aligning with the Nasdaq 100 Index decline possibly contributing to decreased value perception amidst current conditions.

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