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Thursday, December 21, 2023

The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility.

Some of the largest moves in the market today include: S&P 500 Index (US) has experienced a large move of +0.8%. Nasdaq 100 Index (US) has experienced a large move of +1.0%. US Dollar Index has experienced a large move of -0.5%.

The U.S economic data released on December 21st revealed that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits slightly increased by 2,000 to a total of 205,000 in the week ending December 16th. This figure is well below market expectations and close to a two-month low from previous periods; this indicates relative tightness in the US labor market which could allow Federal Reserve more flexibility with its terminal rate if inflation remains stubborn.

In light of these developments, gold prices rose as investors anticipate potential moves from The Fed while shares among gold miners also saw an increase.

Meanwhile Asian share markets stagnated due to unexpected Wall Street selloffs leaving traders uncertain about future prospects and oil experienced minor slippage amid maritime security concerns at Red Sea shipping routes following recent attacks.

AI-generated summaries of notable premarket ETF moves:

ISHARES BIOTECHNOLOGY ETF | IBB $130.70+1.4%
The iShares Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has moved up 1.4% since the previous close, outperforming the broader market as indicated by a 0.73% return in the S&P 500 Index. The top contributors to this positive performance were GILD (+0.78%), BNTX (+2.09%), and AMGN (+0.43%). Notably, AMGN received an upgrade from Daiwa to Buy, which likely drove its stock price higher and contributed positively to IBB’s overall movement.

 

INVESCO DB US DOLLAR INDEX BULLISH FUND | UUP $27.19 -0.6%
The US Dollar Index (UUP) has declined -0.6% since the previous close. This could be due to negative economic data, specifically a contraction in manufacturing activity indicated by the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index for December 2023 (-10.5). Concerns about the health of the US economy may have led investors to sell off dollars and caused a decline in value against other major currencies represented by this asset.

AI-generated summaries of notable premarket stock moves:

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Micron Technology Inc | MU $84.20 +6.9%
Information Technology, Semiconductors
Micron Technology Inc’s stock price has increased by +7.2% since the previous close, likely driven by positive news and analyst sentiment. Mizuho raised their price target on Micron to $95 with a Buy rating, while Rosenblatt maintained a Buy rating and increased the price target to $140. Evercore ISI also raised its price target to $100 from $90 with an Outperform rating. The company reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings results, beating revenue estimates but slightly missing EPS estimates. Additionally, strong guidance for Q2 revenue was provided, surpassing consensus expectations.

 

Carmax Inc | KMX $82.35 +10.2%
Consumer Discretionary, Automotive Retail
CarMax’s stock (+10.1%) rose after the company reported mixed Q3 results, with higher profits from cost cuts offsetting lower demand for used vehicles. The positive earnings beat estimates and led to a premarket surge of 4.4%. Carmax also plans to open new stores in Q4 and has resumed share repurchases.

 

Paychex Inc | PAYX $123.80 -3.2%
Industrials, Human Resource & Employment Services
Paychex Inc’s stock has moved -3.0% since the previous close, potentially due to no specific information being provided about what is driving this price move. However, Paychex exceeded expectations for their Q2 earnings with higher net income and total revenue compared to the prior year figures.

 

Cintas Corp | CTAS $567.70 +2.6%
Industrials, Diversified Support Services
Cintas Corp’s stock price has moved up 2.6% since the previous close, driven by positive factors such as beating earnings and sales expectations in Q2, increasing its dividend by 17%, and raising its FY24 EPS view and revenue outlook higher than expected.

 

TE Connectivity Ltd | TEL $141.10 +1.9%
Information Technology, Electronic Manufacturing Services
TE Connectivity Ltd’s stock price has increased +1.9% since the previous close, potentially influenced by their filing of an automatic mixed securities shelf, indicating a possible offering of various securities. The positive correlation with the S&P 500 Index suggests market-wide factors may also be impacting TE Connectivity’s stock price.

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