Dow adds 500 points in omicron rebound, Nike jumps

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U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday from three days of selling as investors focused on a basket of positive earnings from the likes of Nike and Micron, even as omicron cases continue to rise. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose over 500 points or 1.5%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite ticked higher by 1.5% and 1.7%, respectively. 

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Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35472.62 +540.46 +1.55%
SP500 S&P 500 4642.99 +74.97 +1.64%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 15307.424054 +326.48 +2.18%

Oil also rose over 4% to the $71-per-barrel level as investors dipped back into riskier assets. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 51.42 +1.53 +3.07%

In stocks, several earnings trickled in helping investor sentiment. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
NKE NIKE INC. 166.65 +9.55 +6.08%

Nike rose after reporting both profit and sales that exceeded analyst estimates. In North America, the company’s largest market, sales rose over 12%. CEO John Donohue said the company “is in a much stronger position than a year ago.” 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MU MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC. 90.84 +8.81 +10.74%

Micron also rose after the semiconductor maker reported better-than-expected profits and signaled the chip crunch may ease in 2022. Credit Suisse was among several firms raising the price target on the shares to as high as $130. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
K KELLOGG CO. 62.55 -1.82 -2.84%
GIS GENERAL MILLS INC. 64.86 -2.93 -4.32%

In food stocks, Kellogg in focus after announcing it had reached a tentative agreement with 1,400 striking workers thanks to a wage boost while General Mills disclosed costs tied to inflation were $500 million more than expected. As a result, “higher input cost inflation” is seen running between 9%-10%. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
NKLA NIKOLA CORP. 9.43 +0.17 +1.89%

In autos, Nikola reported it settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $125 million over allegations of defrauding investors concluding all government investigations into the automaker.  

Travel stocks are also in focus as the Biden Administration prepares to roll out a plan to up COVID testing. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
RCL ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP 76.65 +3.98 +5.48%
CCL CARNIVAL CORP. 20.53 +1.63 +8.62%
AAL AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. 17.94 +0.64 +3.72%
DAL DELTA AIR LINES INC. 38.28 +1.91 +5.25%

and Rite Aid plans to close up to 63 stores across the nation in an effort to consolidate businesses, while CVS disclosed it would be shuttering some stores in the San Francisco area. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
RAD RITE AID CORP. 15.08 +2.67 +21.51%

Global market shares also rebounded. In Frankfurt, the DAX jumped 0.9% to 15,381.41 and the CAC 40 in Paris also gained 0.9%, to 6,928.88. Britain’s FTSE 100 advanced 1% to 7,266.84. The future for the Dow industrials was up 0.6% while that for the S&P 500 was 0.7% higher.

In Asia, cases of coronavirus have surged in Australia and South Korea as governments tighten precautions to prevent or curb outbreaks. But bargain-seeking traders have often opted to buy when prices fall, adding to the volatility that is common during the thin activity of the holiday season.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index rose 2.1% to 28,517.59 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.2% to 23,024.78. In Seoul, the Kospi gained 0.4% to 2,975.03, while the Shanghai Composite index picked up 0.9% to 3,625.13. In Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.9% to 7,355.00.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.