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U.S. stocks traded mixed this morning, with the Nasdaq Composite gaining around 100 points on Monday.

Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.45% to 37,296.85 while the NASDAQ rose 0.75% to 14,632.70. The S&P 500 also rose, gaining, 0.26% to 4,709.31.

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Diverging Sectors: Tech Soars, Energy Sinks

Information technology shares jumped by 1.1% on Monday.

In trading on Monday, energy shares fell by 2.7%.

Corporate Triumph: Commercial Metals Shines

Commercial Metals Company CMC posted upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Monday.

Commercial Metals posted adjusted earnings of $1.63 per share, beating market estimates of $1.45 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $2.00 billion versus estimates of $1.89 billion.

Stocks On the Move

Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. HARP shares shot up 111% to $22.26 after Merck announced it will acquire the company for $23 per share in cash.

Shares of Ambrx Biopharma Inc. AMAM got a boost, surging 98% to $26.95 after Johnson & Johnson announced it will acquire the company in an all-cash merger for a total equity value of approximately $2 billion.

Spectaire Holdings Inc. SPEC shares were also up, gaining 85% to $3.13.

LumiraDx Limited LMDX shares dropped 49% to $0.0174. LumiraDx announced its securities will be suspended from trading on Nasdaq at the open of business on Jan. 9th.

Shares of Dada Nexus Limited DADA were down 37% to $1.97. Dada Nexus said in the course of its routine internal audit, certain suspicious practices were identified that may cast doubt on certain revenues from the company’s online advertising and marketing services in 2023.

Solo Brands, Inc. DTC was down, falling 33% to $3.97 after the company lowered full year 2023 revenue guidance below estimates.

Commodity Watch

In commodity news, oil traded down 2.9% to $71.70 while gold traded down 1.1% at $2,026.40.

Silver traded down 1.2% to $23.035 on Monday while copper fell 0.2% to $3.7985.

Overseas Beat

European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.2%, London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.3% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index fell 0.2% The German DAX rose 0.1% French CAC 40 fell 0.1% while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.3%.

The consumer confidence indicator in the Eurozone increased by 1.9 points from the prior month to -15 in December, while economic sentiment indicator climbed to 96.4 in December from the revised reading of 94.0 in the earlier month. Retail sales in the Eurozone fell by 0.3% from the prior month in November versus a revised 0.4% increase in October.
Factory orders in Germany increased by 0.3% month-over-month in November, while Germany’s trade surplus widened to EUR 20.4 billion in November versus a revised EUR 17.7 billion in the prior month.

Asian markets closed lower on Monday, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index falling 1.88% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index falling 1.42%. India’s S&P BSE Sensex, meanwhile, fell 0.93%.

Chinese foreign exchange reserves increased to $3.238 trillion in December from $3.172 billion in the prior month.

Economic Wrap-Up

Data on consumer credit for November will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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