Dow Eyes Best Month in Over 30 Years

The blue-chip index is lower today, though

Deputy Editor
Nov 30, 2020 at 11:57 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is down over 400 points midday, dipping into November's sizable gains as Wall Street comes off a historic Thanksgiving week. Even amid today's pullback, the blue-chip index is still on track for its best month since 1987. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are swimming in the red today as well, despite Moderna's (MRNA) vaccine update. Meanwhile, news that the Trump administration is considering blacklisting China-based chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC has increased U.S.-China tensions ahead of the transition to Biden's presidency.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • A look at Kroger's recent earnings history ahead of earnings Thursday.
  • Outperforming diamond jewelry stock keeps climbing. 
  • Plus, GameStop calls flying off shelves; CAAS soars on product forecast; and the renewable energy stock falling.
MMC Nov 30 
One stock seeing notable options activity on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today is GameStop Corporation (NYSE:GME). Though the reason for today's surge is unclear, GME is up 14.8% at $18.46 at last check, a fresh two-year high. So far, 99,000 calls and 33,000 puts have crossed the tape, seven times what's typically seen at this point. Most popular by far is the weekly 12/4 20-strike call, expiring at the end of this week -- where new positions are being opened. Year-to-date, GME is up 203.8%. 
Meanwhile, China Automotive Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CAAS) is up 59.5% at $6.11, after the company's strong forecast for power steering products. Today's bull gap has the stock at a new four-year high, and trading at over four times its record March lows. Year-to-date, the equity is up 86.%. 
Elsewhere, Sunworks Inc (NASDAQ;SUNW) is plummeting 13% to trade at $4.86 at last check, after the renewable energy name filed a prospectus supplement in regard to its potential $20 million stock offering. Contending with former support at the 10-day moving average, SUNW is still up 300% year-to-date. 

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