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U.S. stocks traded lower this morning, with the Dow Jones dropping around 75 points on Friday.

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.24% to 32,179.02 while the NASDAQ fell 0.60% to 11,269.90. The S&P 500 also fell, dropping, 0.40% to 3,902.70.

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Leading and Lagging Sectors

  • Energy shares rose by 0.7% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included TXO Energy Partners, L.P. RXO, up 1%, and Vermilion Energy Inc. GNE, up 2%.
  • In trading on Friday, financial shares dipped by 2.5%.

 

Top Headline

The US economy unexpectedly added 311,000 jobs in February, well above market estimates of 205,000, and compared to revised 504,000 in January.

The unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in February versus a 50-year low of 3.4% recorded in January.

 

Equities Trading UP

  • PlayAGS, Inc. AGS shares shot up 23% to $7.84 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 results.
  • Shares of PLAYSTUDIOS, Inc. MYPS got a boost, shooting 19% to $4.1462 after reporting upbeat quarterly results.
  • Heritage Global Inc. HGBL shares were also up, gaining 16% to $2.87 after the company reported strong Q4 financial results.

 

Equities Trading DOWN

  • First Republic Bank FRC shares tumbled 38% to $59.60. The stock is sharply lower as shares of several regional banks and financial institutions sell off on downward momentum after SVB Financial Group Wednesday announced a $1.25 billion common stock offering.
  • Shares of Western Alliance Bancorporation WAL were down 27% to $45.60.
  • PacWest Bancorp PACW was down, falling 29% to $14.20 in sympathy with SVB Financial Group after the company announced a $1.25 billion common stock offering.

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Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.9% to $76.36 while gold traded up 0.8% at $1,848.40.

Silver traded up 1.9% to $20.555 on Friday while copper fell 0.2% to $4.03.

 

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.9%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 1.4% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 1.4%. The German DAX dropped 0.9% French CAC 40 fell 0.8% and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 1.5%.

Italian industrial producer prices climbed 11.1% year-over-year in January, the least since June 2021. Retail sales in Spain rose by 5.5% year-over-year in January. French trade deficit shrank to EUR 12.9 billion in January from EUR 14.9 billion a month ago. German annual inflation rate was confirmed at 8.7% for February.

Industrial production in the UK dropped 0.3% month-over-month in January versus a 0.3% growth in the previous month, while trade deficit narrowed to £5.86 billion in January from £7.15 billion a month ago. The British economy grew 0.3% month-over-month during January.

 

Asia Pacific Markets

Asian markets closed lower on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropping 1.67%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropping 3.04% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 1.40%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex fell 1.1%.

Auto sales in China jumped by 13.5% year-over-year to around 1.98 million units in February compared to a 35% drop in the prior month. The Bank of Japan maintained its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1% at its recent meeting. Producer prices in Japan rose by 8.2% year-over-year in February.

 

Economics

  • The US economy unexpectedly added 311,000 jobs in February, well above market estimates of 205,000, and compared to revised 504,000 in January.
  • Average hourly earnings for employees on US private nonfarm payrolls increased 0.2% to $33.09 in February.
  • The unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in February versus a 50-year low of 3.4% recorded in January.

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The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 105,547,760 cases with around 1,148,390 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 44,689,510 cases and 530,770 deaths, while France reported over 39,639,110 COVID-19 cases with 165,070 deaths. In total, there were at least 681,285,050 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 6,810,270 deaths.

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