Here are the top news, trends, and analysis investors need to start their trading day:
1. Wall Street is trying to keep its recovery rally going
People walk down Wall Street in the rain on July 8, 2021 in New York City.
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2. J&J, Coca-Cola, Verizon beat in profits and sales
A healthcare doctor prepares a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccine for a commuter during the opening of MTA’s public vaccination program on the 179th Street subway station in the Queens borough of New York City in front of USA, May 12, 2021.
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Dow stock Johnson & Johnson rose about 1% in pre-trading hours after the US drugmaker posted better-than-expected earnings of $ 2.48 per share in the second quarter on Wednesday. Sales of $ 23.31 billion also exceeded expectations. J&J expects to sell $ 2.5 billion of its one-time Covid vaccine this year, amid growing concerns about its effectiveness against the Delta variant. A new NYU study suggests that people who received the J&J vaccine will get a second vaccination or a booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
A worker fills a display of soft drinks from Coca-Cola Co. in a store in Orem, Utah, USA on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
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Dow component Coca-Cola stocks rose about 2% in the premarket after the beverage giant reported better-than-expected earnings of 68 cents per share. Revenue of $ 10.13 billion also exceeded forecasts. Revenue exceeded pre-Covid 2019 levels, prompting the company to raise its full-year outlook.
Verizon, also a Dow stock, rose about 1.5% in pre-market trading after the company beat estimates by 7 cents with adjusted quarterly earnings of $ 1.37 per share. Verizon also reported better-than-expected revenue and subscriber growth and raised its outlook for the full year.
3. Netflix is outpacing paid subscriber growth but is missing out on revenue
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Netflix shares fell in the premarket after the video streaming giant missed estimates late Tuesday with earnings of $ 2.97 per share in the second quarter. Revenue of $ 7.34 billion was largely in line with projections. The global increase in paid net subscribers of 1.54 million exceeded expectations. Netflix also confirmed a foray into gaming. The company recently hired Facebook video game manager Mike Verdu. Netflix will be able to differentiate its game offerings based on its vast intellectual property holdings, COO Greg Peters said during the company’s conference call.
4. United plans to increase flights to meet strong demand
A United Airlines passenger aircraft lands at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, USA on December 6, 2019.
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United Airlines shares were up about 1% in the premarket on Wednesday, the morning after the airline hit estimates with a loss of $ 3.91 per share in the second quarter. Revenue exceeded expectations, quadrupling to $ 5.47 billion, thanks to a resurgence in air travel following last year’s pandemic-induced slump in demand. Revenue was still 50% below 2019 levels. United expects positive adjusted pre-tax earnings for the third and fourth quarters and plans to ramp up flights. Last week, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines also announced improvements in bookings and financial results.
5. WHO chief warns of “early stages of another wave”
The Tokyo 2020 logo will be displayed near Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo on July 7, 2021 as reports suggest that the Japanese government is planning to impose a state of emergency virus during the Tokyo Olympics.
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The world is in the “early stages of another wave” of Covid infections and deaths, said the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday. Speaking to members of the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo, Tedros also urged the world’s leading economies to share vaccines. With the Games opening on Friday, new infections in Tokyo rose to a six-month high on Wednesday after a one-year delay. The head of the Olympic Games, Toshiro Muto, refused on Tuesday to rule out a cancellation of the Games if the coronavirus cases increased. A spokesman later said the organizers were “100% focused on delivering successful games”.
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