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Target Shines Bright with Stellar Earnings as Dow Takes a Plunge

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On Tuesday, the Dow Jones index stumbled, shedding over 100 points as U.S. stocks took a dip in morning trading.

During the initial market hours, the Dow Jones decreased by 0.33% to 38,861.95, and the NASDAQ followed suit with a 0.82% drop, settling at 16,074.48. The S&P 500 also saw a decline, slipping 0.42% to 5,109.27.

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Fluctuating Sectors: Winners and Losers

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While the utilities sector experienced a 0.5% uptick, information technology shares took a hit, declining by 1%.

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Stellar Earnings from Target

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Target Corp TGT impressed investors with fourth-quarter earnings that surpassed expectations on Tuesday.

In the fourth quarter of FY23, Target recorded a revenue growth of 1.7% year-on-year, reaching $31.92 billion, surpassing the analyst consensus of $31.83 billion. Additionally, their adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.98 outperformed the anticipated $2.42.

Target’s outlook for FY24 is positive, forecasting an adjusted EPS range of $8.60 to $9.60 compared to the Street estimate of $9.14. The company also anticipates a 0% to 2% increase in comparable sales.

Stocks on the Move: Winners

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Sunshine Biopharma, Inc. SBFM witnessed a 93% surge to $0.0865 after a 19% decline on Monday. The company recently announced the successful closure of a $10.0 million underwritten public offering.

Shares of Airship AI Holdings, Inc. AISP soared 113% to $3.52 following news of a contract award with the Department of Justice for its Acropolis Enterprise Sensor Management video and data platform.

Apogee Therapeutics, Inc. APGE also had a successful day, with shares climbing 49% to $62.28 after reporting interim results from a Phase 1 healthy volunteer trial for APG777 alongside their FY23 financial results.

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Stocks on the Move: Losers

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Quoin Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. QNRX experienced a 47% decline to $1.53 following the pricing announcement of a $6.5 million public offering.

Shares of ThredUp Inc. TDUP dropped 28% to $1.70 after releasing their fourth-quarter results.

BitFuFu Inc. FUFU fell 20% to $10.56. This descent came after a 106% surge on Monday due to the company’s recent business merger with Arisz Acquisition Corp and subsequent Nasdaq listing.

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Commodity Update

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In commodity news, oil saw a 0.3% decrease, resting at $78.49, while gold enjoyed a 0.4% rise to $2,133.90.

Silver climbed 0.9% to $24.195, and copper witnessed a 0.2% increase, reaching $3.8650.

Economic Pulse Check

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The Logistics Manager’s Index in the U.S. surged to 56.5 in February, marking the strongest reading in four months.

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