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MarketWatch 08/05/2020 12:04
Exchange-traded funds with big holdings in Walt Disney Co. jumped Wednesday, with some adding to gains that put them on track for their best week in over a month. Disney shares were up nearly 11% at midday after a stronger-than-expected earnings report Tuesday night, pointing to a diversified revenue mix that shielded the company from the worst of the tourism slump. The SoFi 50 ETF , with 4.9% of its portfolio in the company, was up 1.2% at midday, outpacing the 0.6% gain in the broader market , while the Invesco Dynamic Media ETF , with 4.3% in Disney, was up 0.8%. Both were on track for a 4-week high. The iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF was up 0.5%. It has a 4.3% weighting in Disney, but nearly 10% of its portfolio in Inc. ,
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 11:05
Beyond Meat Inc. shares are down 8% in early-morning trading Wednesday because, once again, the alternative protein maker is an apparent victim of Wall Street expectations. On Tuesday, the company exceeded $100 million in quarterly revenue for the first time and beat earnings estimates. All told, Beyond has topped the Street's sales expectations for all six quarters it has reported as a public company. The stock, however, has risen just twice following its quarterly disclosures. There were a couple reasons for investors' caution. Food service sales, a category that includes restaurants, fell 61% year over year, a victim of the pandemic as more Americans ate at home. International sales, meanwhile, declined 17%. Beyond shares are up 81% in 2.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 09:58
U.S. stocks rose at the start of trading Wednesday as corporate earnings results continued to roll in, and investors pored over a disappointing jobs report from payroll provider Automatic Data Processing Inc. . The payroll company said only 167,000 private sector jobs were created in July, short of the consensus estimate for a gain of 1.88 million jobs, according to Econoday.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 08:18
Alaska Air Group Inc.'s Alaska Airlines announced more stringent requirements for cloth masks and face coverings in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, saying "no mask, no travel, no exceptions." The air carrier said everyone age 2 and older must wear a face covering, over their nose and mouth, at all times when at the airport or onboard Alaska Airlines aircraft, "with no exceptions." The company said it a customer is unwilling or unable to wear a mask "for any reason while at the airport," they will not be permitted to travel. If a passenger refuses to wear a mask after boarding, the company said they will be suspended from future travel. "We all need to look out for each other during this health emergency, and the best way.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 08:17
Shares of DBV Technologies tumbled 8.5% in premarket trading on Wednesday, the day after the company said it had received a complete response letter from the Food and Drug Administration for its experimental peanut allergy treatment. The regulator asked for a new study stemming from its concerns about the efficacy of the Viaskin Peanut patch. "Given the uncertainty regarding the timeline for BLA resubmission, we are taking a conservative approach and pushing Viaskin Peanut launch out by two years," SVB Leerink's Joseph Schwartz wrote in a note to investors on Tuesday. In January the FDA approved Aiummune Therapeutics Inc.'s Palforzia, the first peanut allergy treatment. It is an oral immunotherapy. DBV's stock is down 76.2% since the start
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 07:58
Shares of Eli Lilly & Co. gained 0.6% in premarket trading on Wednesday, the day after the National Institutes of Health said it plans to study whether several experimental monoclonal antibodies can treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The first therapy to be studied in the Phase 3 randomized, controlled trial is Lilly's LY-CoV555, an antibody that was first detected in a blood sample from a recovered COVID-19 patient. Researchers will evaluate whether the therapy is efficacious in 300 people who have mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Lilly is developing the therapy in partnership with the privately held Abcellera Biologics. Patients in the trial will be given LY-CoV555 or placebo, and all patients will receive the standard of care, w.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 07:41
Teladoc Health Inc. and Livongo Health Inc. said Wednesday they have agreed to merge in a deal valued at $18.5 billion to create a company that can serve a spectrum of health needs, using virtual care. Under the terms of the deal, Livongo shareholders will receive 0.592x shares of Teladoc plus $11.33 in cash per share owned. Teladoc shareholders will own abut 58% of the combined entity, while Livongo shareholders will own the remaining 42%. The combination "creates a global leader in consumer centered virtual care," the companies said in a joint statement. The new entity is expected to have pro forma revenue of about $1.3 billion for 2020, equal to pro forma growth of 85%. "Livongo is a world-class innovator we deeply admire and has demonst.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 07:38
Shares of Wayfair Inc. shot up 3.0% toward a record high in premarket trading Wednesday, after the online seller of home furnishings and housewares swung to a big profit beat in the second quarter, as orders delivered more than doubled. Net income was $273.9 million, or $2.54 a share, after a loss of $181.9 million, or $!.98 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, Wayfair swung to adjusted earnings per share of $3.13 from a per-share loss of $1.35, well above the FactSet consensus for EPS of 97 cents. Revenue soared 83.7% to $4.30 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $4.07 billion. Orders delivered increased 106.2% to 18.9 million, while the average order value declined to $227 from $255. The number of active cu.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 07:35
The New York Times Co. posted better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter on Wednesday, and said digital revenue exceeded print revenue for the first time. The newspaper group said it had net profit of $23.7 million, or 14 cents a share, in the quarter, down from $25.2 million, or 15 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 18 cents, ahead of the 3 cents FactSet consensus. Revenue fell 7.5% to $403.8 million from $436.3 million, but beat the $390.0 million FactSet consensus. "We believe that the significant growth over the last several years in subscriptions to our products demonstrates the success of our "subscription-first" strategy and the willingness of our readers to pay for high-quality j.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 07:21
Capri Holdings Ltd. stock rose 3.3% in Wednesday premarket trading after the luxury fashion house reported fiscal first-quarter revenue that beat expectations. Net losses totaled $180 million, or $1.21 per share, after net income of $45 million, or 30 cents per share, last year. Adjusted loss per share was $1.04, ahead of the FactSet consensus for a loss of $1.17. Revenue of $451 million was down from $1.35 billion last year and beat the FactSet forecast for $426 million. Michael Kors revenue was down 68.7% to $307 million for the quarter. Versace revenue fell 55.1% to $93 million. And Jimmy Choo's revenue was down 67.7% to $51 million. Capri did not give fiscal 2021 guidance due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. Capri stock has.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 06:51
CVS Health Corp. shares soared 3.8% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the drugstore chain trounced estimates for the second quarter and raised its full-year guidance despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations. The company had net income of $2.986 billion, or $2.26 a share, in the quarter, up from $1.931 billion, or $1.49 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $2.64, well ahead of the $1.91 FactSet consensus. Revenue rose to $65,341 billion from $63.431 billion, also ahead of the $64.004 billion FactSet consensus. The company said the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected revenue in the retail and pharmacy services segments, mostly due to fewer new therapy prescriptions due to lower pr.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 06:47
Shares of Humana Inc. were indicated up nearly 3% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the health care services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, while maintaining its adjusted earnings outlook. Net income rose to $2.59 billion, or $13.75 a share, from $1.07 billion, or $6.94 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose to $12.56 from $6.05, above the FactSet consensus of $10.27. Revenue grew 17.5% to $19.08 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $18.64 billion. The company said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions and utilization were "significantly depressed" in April, then increased through May and June, and were "modestly below n.
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 06:30
The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 18.5 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, and the death toll rose to 701,027. At least 11.2 million people have recovered. The U.S. case tally climbed to 4.77 million and the death toll rose to 156,830. Brazil is second to the U.S. with 2.8 million cases and 95,819 deaths. India is third measured by cases at 1.9 million, followed by Russia with 864,948 and South Africa with 521,318. Mexico has 449,961 cases and 48,869 deaths, the third highest in the world. The U.K. has 307,256 cases and 46,295 fatalities, the highest in Europe and fourth highest in the world. China, where the illness was first reported late
MarketWatch 08/05/2020 02:37
The Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited said it's acquired the royalties to the 197-song catalogues of Blondie co-founders, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Blondie hits include "In The Flesh," "Rip Her To Shreds" and "X Offender." Financial terms weren't disclosed. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.


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