Market Highlights and 5 ASX Small Caps to watch on Friday
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All three US benchmarks rose overnight, despite US GDP growing by 6.5% in the last quarter vs estimate of 8.4%.
The Dow Jones was up by 0.44%, S&P 500 by 0.42%, and the Nasdaq rose by 0.11%.
Stock trading platform Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD) made its IPO debut, but slumped by 8% at close to US$34.82.
Other highlights included Amazon’s quarterly sales which fell short of estimates, while Facebook’s quarterly revenue beat estimates but the company warned of a significant slowdown ahead.
In other markets, oil prices rose by almost 2% as supplies from US tighten and have shrunk to the lowest level since January 2020.
To cryptos, where Bitcoin is trading lower at US$39,700 level at 8:00am AEST, from the US$40,100 level on Thursday.
The no.1 crypto continues to flirt around the alluring US$40k level but keeps copping rejections.
Meanwhile, PayPal is reportedly planning to roll out a “super app” soon, which will feature crypto capabilities, high-yield savings and more, according to CEO Dan Schulman.
The ASX 200 looks set to open higher this morning, with futures markets (September contracts) pointing up by 0.56% at 8:30am AEST.
Yesterday, Resources and Tech stocks led the ASX back into positive territory, with ASX 200 closing 0.52% higher.
The cardiovascular and neurological disease-focused company announced the grant of US patent for “Heterocyclic Inhibitors of PCSK9”, the first patent for the company’s cholesterol-lowering program. The patent will expire in 2038.
The BNPL company increased said quarterly underlying merchant sales rose 119% to US$411m, with active consumers up by 95% to 2.9 million year on year.
The infant food producer had a solid Q4, with revenues of $12.8m, up by 8% on prior quarter. However, FY21 gross revenue fell by 24% to $46.8m, which it says reflected the prolonged Covid-19 disruptions.
Change Financial (ASX:CCA)
The fintech company reported record revenue for the June quarter of US$2.6m, as the company successfully secured a number of new licence deals.