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Market Turmoil: Nasdaq Plummeting; US Oil Reserves Surge by 4.2M Barrels

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Stocks Suffer Midweek Slump

As the sun reached its zenith in trading, the U.S. stock market found itself in a somber shadow. The Nasdaq Composite plunged by a distressing 50 points, sending tremors among investors on Wednesday.

Indices Update

Stoically weathering the storm, the Dow marked a 0.19% decline, settling at 38,899.92. The NASDAQ fared no better, dropping by a disheartening 0.31% to close at 15,985.25. The S&P 500 also bore the brunt, sliding 0.11% to a close of 5,072.67.

Market Movers: Winners and Losers

Amidst the sea of fluctuating stocks, real estate shares emerged as a beacon of hope, rising by a promising 1.1% on Wednesday. However, the health care sector faced a gloomy day, with shares plummeting by 0.8%.

Oil Inventory Surge Stuns Markets

In a startling revelation, U.S. crude oil inventories ballooned by an unexpected 4.199 million barrels in the week ending Feb. 23, blindsiding analysts who had braced for a more moderate 2.743 million increase, as reported by the EIA.

Winners and Losers in Equities

Turning the tide, Vivani Medical, Inc. VANI shares soared an astounding 301% to $4.05 post unveiling compelling preclinical data on NPM-115. Similarly, Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ADIL witnessed a surge of 164% to $2.2350 after securing a new U.S. patent. vTv Therapeutics Inc. VTVT was not to be left behind, with their shares rallying 136% to $19.61 on the back of a substantial private placement announcement.

Stocks Feeling the Heat

However, not all ships sailed smoothly, as Oragenics, Inc. OGEN sank by a distressing 43% to $1.40 due to a public offering pricing. Likewise, Integral Ad Science Holding Corp. IAS witnessed a 41% drop to $10.15 following a disappointing financial report. Meanwhile, Inogen, Inc. INGN stumbled by 35% to $6.12 after posting weak quarterly results.

Crude Realities of Commodities

In the commodities realm, oil took a hit, trading down by 0.6% to $78.38. Gold also experienced a slight downtrend of 0.1%, closing at $2,043.80. Silver fell by 0.5% to $22.645, with copper following suit, declining 0.3% to $3.8390 on Wednesday.

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