Stocks – Twitter Soars in Premarket; Tesla Falls as Short Squeeze Eases

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By Geoffrey Smith — Stocks in focus on Thursday, 6th February. Please refresh for updates.

  • Petrobras ADRs (NYSE:) were up 1.2% after Brazilian bank BNDES completed a monster $5 billion stock placement on Wednesday.
  • 8:58 AM ET: Becton Dickinson (NYSE:) stock was down 9.1% at its lowest level since early December, after the maker of medical devices lowered its outlook for the year amidst ongoing efforts to solve software problems with its Alaris infusion system.
  • The company now expects full fiscal year 2020 revenue to increase 1.5%-2.5%, which equates to 2.5%-3.5% when adjusted for currency headwinds. Earnings per share are seen in a range around $12.00.
  • 8:51 AM ET: Qualcomm (NASDAQ:) stock was flat, paring early losses after a disappointing quarterly update after the closing bell on Wednesday. The company’s stock had fallen 4% in after-hours trading after CFO Akash Palkhiwala said he expected the smartphone market – which generates the bulk of Qualcomm’s profits – to be disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak this year.
  • The company also said it’s in a fresh battle with EU antitrust regulators over suspicions of abusing its dominant position in the market for 5G modem chips, which will be required in the next generation of smartphones.
    • 8:43 AM ET: Twitter (NYSE:) stock rose 8.5% to its highest level since October after cracking through the $1 billion level in quarterly revenue for the first time. Earnings were down by over half on last year, however, due largely to higher costs. That development is likely to continue this year, the company said. Its forecast for first-quarter revenue were also below expectations.
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:) stock was down 3.6% as the spike of earlier in the week continued to unwind. The battle between short-sellers on the one hand and true believers on the other is, however, far from over, with short interest in the stock still accounting for nearly 20% of the company.
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:) still has some way to go to catch up Toyota , the world’s most valuable auto stock. Toyota ADRs (NYSE:) will be in focus later after its domestic stock rose 2.6% in response to an operating profit of just under $6 billion in its fiscal third quarter. Company officials said it still isn’t clear when its factories in China will reopen, but that didn’t stop it raising its profit guidance slightly for the year ending in March.
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