<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Stocks rapidly pared earlier gains Thursday afternoon after the Financial Times reported that a hopeful coronavirus treatment from Gilead (GILD) flopped in a trial.” data-reactid=”16″>Stocks rapidly pared earlier gains Thursday afternoon after the Financial Times reported that a hopeful coronavirus treatment from Gilead (GILD) flopped in a trial.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The study for Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir produced results that did not give meaningful conclusions on its efficacy, and the study ended due to low enrollment, according to the report. Last week, a report that provided upbeat anecdotal data on remdesivir’s effectiveness in treating patients with COVID-19 in Chicago had sent stocks on a tear.” data-reactid=”17″>The study for Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir produced results that did not give meaningful conclusions on its efficacy, and the study ended due to low enrollment, according to the report. Last week, a report that provided upbeat anecdotal data on remdesivir’s effectiveness in treating patients with COVID-19 in Chicago had sent stocks on a tear.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Investors also continued to digest Thursday’s initial unemployment claims report, which showed that millions more individuals filed for unemployment benefits last week.” data-reactid=”18″>Investors also continued to digest Thursday’s initial unemployment claims report, which showed that millions more individuals filed for unemployment benefits last week.

Last week’s initial jobless claims totaled 4.427 million for the week, a fifth straight week that new unemployment claims were in the multi-millions, but the third straight week that the number of new claims fell relative to the prior week.

Since mid-March, new unemployment claims ballooned to more than 26 million, reflecting stunning levels of joblessness as workers were furloughed or laid off in troves amid pandemic-related business closures.

“It is clear that while the initial wave of job losses were concentrated in retail and hospitality due to the shutdowns, it is spreading to suppliers and to other industries,” James Knightley, chief international economist for ING, wrote in a note Thursday morning. “Terrible manufacturing surveys point to job losses and the business service sector is certainly not going to be immune.”

“It will be interesting to see what happens in the states that are re-opening parts of their economy from this weekend – Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida,” he added. “We would assume jobless claims will fall back sharply here, but if consumers remain reluctant to go shopping or visit a restaurant due to lingering Covid-19 fears, then employment is not going to rebound quickly. As such it would be another signal that a V-shaped recovery for the US economy is highly unlikely.”

Meanwhile, market participants hoped that a quick passage of further fiscal stimulus from Congress would blunt at least some of the economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak and help bring some back to company payrolls.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a refunding package for the Paycheck Protection Program Thursday afternoon. The legislation would authorize another $320 billion for small business loans – after the original allotment for $349 billion ran out of funds in less than two weeks – and additional funding for hospitals and COVID-19 testing. The Senate cleared the package earlier this week.” data-reactid=”24″>The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a refunding package for the Paycheck Protection Program Thursday afternoon. The legislation would authorize another $320 billion for small business loans – after the original allotment for $349 billion ran out of funds in less than two weeks – and additional funding for hospitals and COVID-19 testing. The Senate cleared the package earlier this week.

Oil prices, roiled by wild volatility in recent days, steadied somewhat as steep selling abated from earlier in the week. June West Texas intermediate crude oil futures rose more than 25% to over $17 per barrel Thursday morning.

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="12:55 p.m. ET: Stocks rapidly cut gains after Financial Times reports disappointing Gilead coronavirus treatment results in first trial” data-reactid=”27″>12:55 p.m. ET: Stocks rapidly cut gains after Financial Times reports disappointing Gilead coronavirus treatment results in first trial

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The S&amp;P 500 wiped out earlier advances of more than 1.6% to trade just 0.6% higher Thursday afternoon, after the Financial Times reported Gilead’s once-promising coronavirus antiviral treatment remdesivir flopped in its first trial.” data-reactid=”28″>The S&P 500 wiped out earlier advances of more than 1.6% to trade just 0.6% higher Thursday afternoon, after the Financial Times reported Gilead’s once-promising coronavirus antiviral treatment remdesivir flopped in its first trial.

Shares of Gilead dropped more than 4% to $77.61 each.

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="11:45 a.m. ET: House gets ready to vote on fresh PPP money as new guidelines announced” data-reactid=”31″>11:45 a.m. ET: House gets ready to vote on fresh PPP money as new guidelines announced

The new funding on small business aid is about to be voted on in the House, as the Small Business Administration issued new guidelines to block bigger businesses from trying to tap the money. According to the SBA, applicants for coronavirus relief funds must certify that the loans are necessary and that they cannot tap other sources of funding, the SBA said. By definition, public companies have access to the capital markets.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The controversy comes amid reports that larger, more liquid businesses crowded out their smaller, more needy counterparts — and that big banks may have prioritized wealthier clients with “concierge treatment” in the application process.” data-reactid=”37″>The controversy comes amid reports that larger, more liquid businesses crowded out their smaller, more needy counterparts — and that big banks may have prioritized wealthier clients with “concierge treatment” in the application process.

11:09 a.m. ET: Stocks extend gains, led by Energy sector

The three major indices added to gains Thursday morning, with the Energy sector leading the S&P 500’s more than 1% advance. Exxon Mobil and Dow Inc. outperformed in the 30-stock Dow.

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 11:09 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +37.42 points (+1.34%) to 2,836.73

  • Dow (^DJI): +333.88 points (+1.42%) to 23,809.7

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +111.16 points (+1.28%) to 8,603.67

  • Crude (CL=F): +$4.03 (+29.25%) to $17.81 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$18.50 (+1.06%) to $1,756.80 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -0.8 bps to yield 0.611%

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="10:45 a.m. ET: ‘If you open it, will they come?’” data-reactid=”54″>10:45 a.m. ET: ‘If you open it, will they come?’

As the debate over states reopening grows more polarized, Bleakley Advisory’s Peter Boockvar posed the above question in a research note to clients. He pointed to the fact that consumers are likely to be psychologically scarred by the lockdowns, and in the absence of a vaccine will still be reluctant to venture out (not to mention that multiple officials have warned of a ‘new normal’ that won’t resemble public life before the stay-at-home orders took effect.

Boockvar also pointed to remarks made by Las Vegas Sands COO Robert Goldstein on a conference call. Here’s what he said:

“we’ve never seen this kind of a virus on our shores here in the US where we’ve kind of been taken aback and shell shocked by it. Asia has seen it numerous times, they understand it, they dealt with it. You guys, Hong Kong is open and operating. It never closed in terms of retail and restaurants and they’re walking around with gloves and mask and sanitzers and temperature checks…They can deal with it and Macao will deal with it.”

Boockvar ends with this point: “…with the assumption that testing further amps up in coming weeks/months, we can do this but it will take time for Americans to ‘acclimate’ to this new world. Many in Asia have been thru something like this before.”

10:00 a.m. ET: New home sales dropped 15.4% for the month in March, the most in 7 years

New home sales in the U.S. slumped by 15.4% in March for the largest monthly drop since July 2013, as home-buyers stayed on the sidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The drop brought the annualized pace of new home sales to 627,000, down from 741,000 in February, the Census Bureau said in its report. New houses for sale were a seasonally adjusted 333,000 at the end of March, representing a more than six month supply at the current sales rate.” data-reactid=”68″>The drop brought the annualized pace of new home sales to 627,000, down from 741,000 in February, the Census Bureau said in its report. New houses for sale were a seasonally adjusted 333,000 at the end of March, representing a more than six month supply at the current sales rate.

The median sales price for new homes rose over last year to $321,400.

9:45 a.m. ET: U.S. economic output contracts at record pace in April: IHS Markit

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="IHS Markit’s flash April U.S. composite output index slumped to 27.4 from 40.9 in March from February, hitting the lowest level in survey history and representing the fastest drawdown in private-sector output since the series began in late 2009, according to the report.” data-reactid=”72″>IHS Markit’s flash April U.S. composite output index slumped to 27.4 from 40.9 in March from February, hitting the lowest level in survey history and representing the fastest drawdown in private-sector output since the series began in late 2009, according to the report.

The drop was led by a slide in the U.S. services purchasing managers index (PMI), which dropped to a record low of 27.0 in April from 39.8 in March, according to the preliminary monthly survey. Consensus economists expected the services PMI to decline to 30.0, according to Bloomberg data.

The manufacturing PMI declined to a more than 11-year low of 36.9 from 48.5 in March. Readings below the neutral level of 50 indicate contraction.

“The COVID-19 outbreak dealt a blow to the U.S. economy of a ferocity not previously seen in recent history during April. The deterioration in the flash PMI numbers indicates a rate of contraction exceeding that seen even at the height of the global financial crisis, with jobs also being slashed at a rate far exceeding anything previously recorded by the survey,” Chris Williamson, chief business economist for IHS Markit, said in a statement.

“The large swathe of non-essential business that has been shut down temporarily amid efforts to contain the virus means the blow has been most heavily felt in the service sector, and especially for consumer-facing companies in the recreation and travel industries,” he added.

9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open higher after new jobless claims report

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:31 a.m. ET Thursday:

  • S&P 500: up 11.31 points, or +0.4% to 2,811.14

  • Dow: up 75.87 points, or +0.32% to 23,551.69

  • Nasdaq: up 27.69 points, or +0.33% to 8,526.17

  • Crude (CL=F): +$2.73 (+19.81%) to $16.51 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$7.00 (+0.4%) to $1,745.30 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -0.6 bps to yield 0.613%

8:30 a.m. ET: New unemployment claims totaled 4.427 million last week

New unemployment insurance claims totaled a seasonally adjusted 4.427 million for the week ended April 18, the Department of Labor said Thursday. The prior week’s level was revised down to 5.237 million from the 5.245 million reported previously.

The new data brought the total new claims filed over the past five weeks to more than 26 million.

Continuing unemployment claims, which are reported on a one-week lag, were a seasonally adjusted 15.976 million for the week ended April 11. This marked a fresh record high, and rose from the prior week’s 11.912 million continuing jobless claims.

Consensus economists had expected new unemployment claims to come in at 4.427 million for the week ended April 18, and for continuing claims to total 16.738 million for the week ended April 11, according to Bloomberg data.

7:15 a.m. ET: Eli Lilly 1Q results top expectations after consumer prescription-buying boost during outbreak

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly (LLY) posted first-quarter results that beat consensus expectations on the top and bottom lines, after consumers stocked up on prescriptions amid the coronavirus outbreak and stay-in-place orders.” data-reactid=”95″>Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly (LLY) posted first-quarter results that beat consensus expectations on the top and bottom lines, after consumers stocked up on prescriptions amid the coronavirus outbreak and stay-in-place orders.

“The company estimates that revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for many of its products was favorably impacted by increased customer buying patterns and patient prescription trends resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that increased revenue by approximately $250 million worldwide,” Eli Lilly said in a statement. “The company believes that the increase in U.S. revenue from COVID-19 primarily impacted its portfolio of diabetes medicines, with estimated increases of approximately $70 million to $80 million for insulin products and approximately $30 million to $40 million for Trulicity.”

Trulicity revenues surged 40% over last year to $1.23 billion. Taltz, an autoimmune disease treatment, saw a 76% jump in sales over last year to $443.5 million.

Eli Lilly delivered company-wide adjusted earnings per share of $1.75 on revenue of $5.86 billion, topping expectations for $1.51 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion, according to Bloomberg data.

7:03 a.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures slightly lower ahead of jobless claims report

Here were the main moves at the start of the overnight session for U.S. equity futures, as of 6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday evening:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): down 2.75 points, or -0.10% to 2,785.75

  • Dow futures (YM=F): down 50 points, or -0.21% to 23,306.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): down 15 points, or -0.17% to 8,623.00

  • Crude (CL=F): +$1.59 (+11.54%) to $15.37 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$11.50 (+0.66%) to $1,749.80 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.8 bps to yield 0.627%

6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures little changed, steadying after regular-session advances

Here were the main moves at the start of the overnight session for U.S. equity futures, as of 6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday evening:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): up 1.75 points, or +1.75% to 2,790.25

  • Dow futures (YM=F): up 15 points, or +0.06% to 23,371.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): up 2.25 points, or +0.03% to 8,640.25

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