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Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

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  • Data on nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • US Services Purchasing Managers’ Index for March is scheduled for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
  • The ISM’s non-manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is scheduled for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.





25 Stocks Moving in Friday’s Pre-Market Session

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25 Stocks Moving in Friday's Pre-Market Session

Gainers

  • electroCore, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECOR) shares rose 83.5% to $1.37 in pre-market trading after the company submitted emergency use authorization application to allow study and use of gammaCore nVNS therapy to treat respiratory symptoms associated with coronavirus.
  • Fate Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: FATE) rose 23.4% to $26.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced the first patient has been treated in its first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating FT596. The company also announced collaboration with Janssen. The company will receive $50 million upfront, $50 million in equity investment and is eligible to receive up to $1.8 billion.
  • Rosehill Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSE) rose 19.4% to $0.43 in pre-market trading after gaining 16% on Thursday.
  • Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAN) rose 15.4% to $2.10 in pre-market trading after declining 9% on Thursday.
  • ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBLT) rose 14.4% to $0.1580 in pre-market trading.
  • Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) shares rose 13% to $5.30 in pre-market trading after surging around 17% on Thursday.
  • Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) shares rose 13.2% to $0.4880 in pre-market trading after gaining more than 5% on Thursday.
  • Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) rose 13.1% to $514.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported 88,400 deliveries and 102,672 total production in the first quarter, beating analyst expectations.
  • AIkido Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: AIKI) rose 10.7% to $0.5980 in pre-market trading after declining over 5% on Thursday.
  • Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) rose 10.5% to $10.55 in pre-market trading.
  • ProPetro Holding Corp. (NYSE: PUMP) shares rose 10.3% to $3.10 in pre-market trading after climbing 26% on Thursday.
  • Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL) rose 8.7% to $0.4768 in pre-market trading.
  • Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) shares rose 8.7% to $15.00 in pre-market trading.
  • Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) rose 7.7% to $2.95 in pre-market trading after dropping over 31% on Thursday.
  • Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE: APT) rose 6.5% to $15.69 in pre-market trading after dropping 15% on Thursday.
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) rose 6.5% to $13.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 19% on Thursday.

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Tesla Analysts Dissect ‘Surprisingly Strong’ Q1 Deliveries Data

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Tesla Analysts Dissect 'Surprisingly Strong' Q1 Deliveries Data

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares gained 13.5% on Friday morning after the company reported first-quarter vehicle delivery numbers that weren’t as bad as many investors had feared.

Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020, up 40.3% from a year ago and well ahead of consensus analyst estimates of 79,900. Prior to COVID-19 related shutdowns, analysts had been anticipating 95,528 deliveries.

Following its last earnings call, Tesla management said it would “comfortably exceed” 500,000 vehicle deliveries in 2020, an average quarterly rate of 125,000 vehicles. To hit that mark, Tesla will now need to average 137,200 deliveries over the next three quarters.

Analysts had mixed opinions of Tesla shares following the latest delivery numbers. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say.

Good Enough

CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson said the delivery report will help ease investors’ concerns over the negative impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In light of the stock’s YTD outperformance and with the Fremont factory having been idle since March 23 (and the number of Covid-19 cases in the Bay area continuing to escalate), we remain cautious on the shares and the company’s near-term earnings outlook,” Nelson wrote.

Bank of America analyst John Murphy said Tesla’s delivery numbers weren’t great, but they’re good enough given the circumstances.

“We would note that, as production outstripped deliveries in 1Q:20 for the first time in several quarters, this could translate into a cash headwind for TSLA in the quarter, in addition to costs associated with the production shutdown, although we expect TSLA’s recent capital raise ($2.3bn equity) is more than enough to cushion the blow for now,” Murphy wrote.

See Also: Tesla Is ‘Crushing The Auto Industry’, Munster Says

Uncertain Trajectory

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said the first-quarter numbers were a moral victory for a company facing a bleak near-term outlook.

“With the second half of March seeing a screeching halt in demand across the globe given the current pandemic, the big question for investors going forward is around the demand trajectory for 2Q/rest of the year and cash burn as this uncertain consumer environment plays out in the field,” Ives wrote.

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Economic Data Scheduled For Thursday

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  • Data on motor vehicle sales for March will be released today.
  • The Challenger job-cut report for March is scheduled for release at 7:30 a.m. ET.
  • International trade report for February is scheduled for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • Data on initial jobless claims for the latest week will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • Data on factory orders for February will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is scheduled for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
  • The Treasury is set to auction 4-and 8-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.





Nestle CEO Says Snack Foods ‘Just As Important As Essential Nutrients’

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Nestle CEO Says Snack Foods 'Just As Important As Essential Nutrients'

Global food behemoth Nestle (OTC: NSRGY) is “scrambling to meet demand” to keep the world fed, but doesn’t want to take much credit, as “this is our main purpose at this hour,” CEO Mark Schneider said Wednesday during a “Mad Money” interview with Jim Cramer.

Nestle’s Premium Food Products

Cramer credits Nestle with success across multiple “premiumization” categories, including vegan, sustainable and organic. Schneider said these are trends playing out within the food category and will remain despite the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a “worthwhile endeavor” to continue focusing on these initiatives, as they are a driver of profit, the CEO said.  

Candy Makes Everyone Happy

Cramer said one of the few items keeping his family happy during this difficult time in New York City is their shared love of candy. Schneider agreed and said snacking and comfort food are “just as important as essential nutrients.”

Everyone at Nestle, including those working at factories and distribution centers, are motivated to make sure the world can enjoy their snacks, he said.

Nestle’s Plastic Bottle Update

Sustainable packaging remains a key focus, at Nestle as it needs to be included across all product lines, the CEO said.

Some of the solutions the company is exploring include biodegradable and reusable. The company is “making good progress” toward its 2025 goals, and this year’s goal of eliminating plastic straws is still a focus, Schneider said. 

“All business initiatives are working well.”

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6 Consumer Cyclical Stocks Moving In Thursday’s Pre-Market Session

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Gainers

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Inc. (NYSE:RCL) stock surged 4.93% to $27.04 during Thursday’s pre-market session. The most recent rating by Stifel, on Mar 18, is at Buy, with a price target of $40.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Inc. (NYSE:NCLH) shares rose 4.30% to $9.95. According to the most recent rating by B of A Securities, on Mar 17, the current rating is at Neutral.

Carnival, Inc. (NYSE:CUK) stock increased by 4.02% to $8.53.

Ford Motor, Inc. (NYSE:F) shares surged 3.52% to $4.56. The most recent rating by Morgan Stanley, on Mar 24, is at Overweight, with a price target of $7.

MGM Resorts Intl, Inc. (NYSE:MGM) stock increased by 3.23% to $12.15. The most recent rating by Morgan Stanley, on Mar 30, is at Equal-Weight, with a price target of $18.

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) stock moved upwards by 3.16% to $4.57. The most recent rating by Citigroup, on Mar 26, is at Sell, with a price target of $5.

 

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Why NanoVibronix’s Stock Is Trading Higher Today

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NanoVibronix (NASDAQ: NAOV) shares are trading higher on Wednesday.

The company announced it has received reimbursement approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its PainShield.

NanoVibronix focuses on the manufacturing and sale of noninvasive biological response-activating devices that target biofilm prevention, wound healing, and pain therapy. Its principal products include UroShield, an ultrasound-based product to prevent bacterial colonization and biofilm in urinary catheters, enhance antibiotic efficacy, and decrease pain and discomfort associated with urinary catheter use.

NanoVibronix shares were trading up 40.10% to $2.90 in Wednesday’s pre-market session. The stock has a 52-week high of $4.50 and a 52-week low of $1.50.





Strategist Channels His Inner Elsa, Says Apple Investors Need To Let It Go

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Strategist Channels His Inner Elsa, Says Apple Investors Need To Let It Go

The “Frozen” character Elsa famously declared it’s time to “let it go” when her dark secret has been discovered. Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management has a similar message to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) investors.

‘Absolutely’ No Discretionary Spending

The market is guilty of “utterly underestimating” the ultimate economic impact the coronavirus will have on the U.S. economy, Schlossberg said during a recent CNBC “Trading Nation” segment. The average U.S. consumer is likely to only spend their money on non-discretionary goods. Unfortunately, the average consumer will “absolutely” avoid anything discretionary for at least a year.

“So within that basket, I think you have to let Apple go,” he said.

Pent Up Demand

Right now is a “very difficult time” for the American people but once the virus is resolved, people “are going to want to get out,” Piper Sandler Chief Market Technician Craig Johnson said on “Trading Nation.” The American public are going to want to go on cruises or fly, especially as the travel industry looks to cut prices to spur traffic.

The same can be said for the iPhone, especially the upcoming 5G model. Consumers showed a willingness to spend on the iPhone throughout the 2007 and 2008 economic crisis and now should be no different.

“I think you’re going to see a bigger rebound here in 2020 than I think a lot of people think,” he said.

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Date Firm Action From To
Mar 2020 UBS Maintains Buy
Mar 2020 Deutsche Bank Upgrades Hold Buy
Mar 2020 Nomura Instinet Maintains Neutral

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13 Industrials Stocks Moving In Tuesday’s Pre-Market Session

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Gainers

Golden Ocean Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGL) stock increased by 10.45% to $3.17 during Tuesday’s pre-market session.

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) shares increased by 7.96% to $1.22. The most recent rating by Citigroup, on Mar 2, is at Sell, with a price target of $0.

Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLDP) shares increased by 5.55% to $7.99. The most recent rating by H.C. Wainwright, on Mar 10, is at Buy, with a price target of $16.

American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) shares surged 4.16% to $12.76. The most recent rating by Citigroup, on Mar 30, is at Sell, with a price target of $13.

United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:UAL) shares surged 3.68% to $31.27. The most recent rating by Bank of America, on Mar 26, is at Neutral, with a price target of $46.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) stock moved upwards by 3.56% to $29.68. The most recent rating by Bank of America, on Mar 26, is at Neutral, with a price target of $36.

BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BKYI) shares surged 3.23% to $0.83.

Losers

TOP Ships, Inc. (NASDAQ:TOPS) stock decreased by 59.25% to $0.22 during Tuesday’s pre-market session.

Seanergy Maritime Hldgs, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHIP) shares declined 15.79% to $0.28.

Globus Maritime, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLBS) shares declined 14.58% to $0.61.

SuperCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPCB) shares plummeted 12.03% to $0.95. According to the most recent rating by HC Wainwright & Co., on Mar 3, the current rating is at Neutral.

Nordic American Tankers, Inc. (NYSE:NAT) shares declined 8.42% to $4.35.

Castor Maritime, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRM) shares decreased by 3.31% to $0.64.

 

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This Chart Shows E-Commerce Winners, Losers During Coronavirus Pandemic

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This Chart Shows E-Commerce Winners, Losers During Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus is not entirely indiscriminate in claiming economic victims: some companies seem much more immune than others.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Chewy Inc (NYSE: CHWY) are among the conquering corporations, according to Jefferies, while eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY) are expected to suffer defeat.

Analysts are projecting an overall increase in customers for Amazon, flat growth for Chewy and declines for eBay and Etsy.

Their business models may explain why.

Amazon and Chewy are winning the online battle during the #coronavirus. EBay and Etsy getting crushed. $EBAY $ETSY $AMZN $CHWY pic.twitter.com/5tTTBtzyAA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) March 29, 2020

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Amazon

The e-commerce site and delivery service is deemed “essential” in many sheltered states and has been given permission to continue operations. With competing brick-and-mortar retailers shuttered, shoppers have turned to Amazon for their essentials.

Notably, the company is under pressure to raise prices as warehouse laborers strike in demand for more coronavirus protections.

Chewy

Brick-and-mortar pet stores remain open for business as “essential” operations. But Chewy’s e-commerce platform offers unique convenience and, as many believe, safety. The online pet supplies retailer could seize new repeat customers in the near-term.

EBay

Spikes in unemployment will likely depress discretionary spending in the near term. Those who can afford to spend are taking precautions to limit contact with the contagion — which may mean avoiding products from vendors with unknown sanitation policies. 

Etsy

Etsy’s position is similar to that of eBay’s. The site’s offerings are not particularly critical for quarantine survival, and shoppers fear contaminants. Since early March, Etsy has removed coronavirus-related listings such as homemade hand sanitizer and alleged miracle herbs.

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Latest Ratings for EBAY

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Feb 2020 RBC Capital Maintains Sector Perform
Jan 2020 Canaccord Genuity Maintains Hold
Jan 2020 BMO Capital Maintains Outperform

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Only took 12 years, but Wall Street has finally gotten bullish enough

 

Only took 12 years, but Wall Street has finally gotten bullish enough

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One of the most interesting things that happens after a big, nasty, protracted bear market is that no one wants to be accused of being bullish or upbeat about anything. In the aftermath of a crash, the bulls always look and sound dopey or complacent.

Wall Street strategists are only human. And as markets trade higher, they gradually get more and more comfortable sounding positive on stocks. The trauma of having been bullish and wrong ahead of the last crisis fades away and the recenc...



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Zero Hedge

Controversial Bonus Change At Bank Of America Pulls Forward $400 Million In Costs

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A controversial change in how bonuses were to be issued for 2020 has wound up pulling forward $400 million in expenses, which will be booked in Q1. The costs otherwise would have been spread out over the next four years, according to Bloomberg...



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Ormat: Dirty Dealings in 'Clean' Energy

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Hindenburg Research‘s short report on Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA).

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Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA)
  • Today we reveal how ESG-darling Ormat, a developer and operator of geothermal power plants, has engaged in what we believe to be widespread and systematic acts of international corruption.
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Gold Miners Decline Nearly 30%, Currently Testing 15-Year Support Level!

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The past 8-months have been great for the broad markets, the same cannot be said for Gold Miners. Gold Miners ETF (GDX) has lost nearly a third of its value since peaking last August.

This decline has taken place inside a bullish rising channel, that started at the lows in 2015.

The 27% decline in the past 30-weeks has GDX testing a support/resistance line at the $30 level, that has been in play for the past 15-years.

It is critical for GDX to hold this support at (1).

If this support level does not hold, odds increase that GDX could end up testi...



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Which Governments Ordered Johnson & Johnson's Vaccine?

 

Which Governments Ordered Johnson & Johnson's Vaccine?

Courtesy of Niall McCarthy, Statista

On Wednesday, U.S. regulators announced that Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine being developed by its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Belgium is effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of the disease. The jab has been deemed safe with 66 percent efficacy and the FDA is likely to approve it for use in the U.S. within days.

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Which Governments Ordered Johnson & Johnson's Vaccine?

 

Which Governments Ordered Johnson & Johnson's Vaccine?

Courtesy of Niall McCarthy, Statista

On Wednesday, U.S. regulators announced that Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine being developed by its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Belgium is effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of the disease. The jab has been deemed safe with 66 percent efficacy and the FDA is likely to approve it for use in the U.S. within days.

The Ad26.COV2.S vaccine can be stored for up to three months in a refrigerator and requires a single shot, ...



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Crypto - It Is Different This Time

 

Crypto – It Is Different This Time

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?I have been astonished as you know by the growth of crypto.

I remember back in 2017 when I noticed that Stocktwits message volume on Bitcoin ($BTC.X) surpassed that of $SPY. I knew Bitcoin was here to stay and Bitcoin went on to $19,000 before heading into its bear market.

Today Bitcoin is near $50,000.

Back in November of 2020, something new started to happen on Stocktwits with respect to crypto.

After the close on Friday until the open of the futures on Sunday, all Stocktwits trending tickers turned crypto. The weekend messages on Stocktwits have increased 400 percent.

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What is fascism?

 

What is fascism?

A Donald Trump supporter wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Courtesy of John Broich, Case Western Reserve University

Since before Donald Trump took office, historians have debated whether he is a fascist.

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The Fastest Money

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The fast money happens near the end of the long trend.

Securities which attract a popular following by both the public and professionals investors tend to repeat the same sentiment over their bull phase. The chart below is the map of said sentiment.
 


 

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Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling System Suggests Market Peak May Be Near

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Our Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling system is suggesting a moderate price peak may be already setting up in the NASDAQ while the Dow Jones, S&P500, and Transportation Index continue to rally beyond the projected Fibonacci Price Expansion Levels.  This indicates that capital may be shifting away from the already lofty Technology sector and into Basic Materials, Financials, Energy, Consumer Staples, Utilities, as well as other sectors.

This type of a structural market shift indicates a move away from speculation and towards Blue Chip returns. It suggests traders and investors are expecting the US consumer to come back strong (or at least hold up the market at...



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Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia - The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

 

Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia – The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

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The numbers of new cases in some of the hardest hit COVID19 states have started to plateau, or even decline, over the past few days. A few pundits have noted it and concluded that it was a hopeful sign. 

Is it real or is something else going on? Like a restriction in the numbers of tests, or simply the inability to test enough, or are some people simply giving up on getting tested? Because as we all know from our dear leader, the less testing, the less...



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Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

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  • Data on nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for March is scheduled for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
  • The ISM's non-manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is scheduled for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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