Dow Reverses Gains After Notching 3rd-Straight Intraday High

Initial jobless claims for last week were in line with Wall Street's estimates

Deputy Editor
Aug 12, 2021 at 12:16 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is down 87 points at last check, despite earlier notching a third-straight intraday high. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) is flat, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is pivoting higher midday. Investors are still digesting a slew of economic data, including July's producer price index (PPI), which was higher than expected for July. Plus, initial jobless claims for totaled 375,000 last week, which is in line with estimates, and down from the previous week's 385,000.

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

  • Bumble stock dips despite upbeat revenue and guidance. 
  • Why Palantir stock is seeing a surge in its options activity today.
  • Plus, options traders target DOCS; IEC soars on buyout buzz; and LFST plummets after earnings.

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New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) newbie Doximity Inc (NYSE:DOCS) is seeing a surge in options activity today. The company reported better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter earnings of 11 cents per share, which attracted no fewer than five price-target hikes. So far, 14,000 calls and 5,404 puts have crossed the tape, which is 22 times the intraday average. Most popular are the August 95 and 80 calls, with new positions being opened at both. It's also worth noting that the equity is seeing a volatility crush after the event, with its at-the-money (ATM) implied volatility (IV) at an all-time low. At last check, Doximity stock is up 13% to trade at $79.49, after earlier surging to a record high of $83.88.

Near the top of the Nasdaq today is IEC Electronics Corp (NASDAQ:IEC), up a whopping 47.1% to trade at $15.31 at last check. Though the company reported lower-than-expected fiscal third-quarter earnings, the big news is its buyout. More specifically, Creation Technologies will acquire IEC Electronics for $15.35 per share in a cash deal valued at roughly $174 million. In response, IEC has gapped to its highest level since February, and is now up 74.3% year-over-year. 

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Meanwhile, Lifestance Health Group Inc (NASDAQ:LFST) is nose-diving on the charts today, down 47.6% at $11.44 at last check, after hitting a record low of $10.71. The Wall Street freshman reported better-than-expected second-quarter revenue, but wider-than-anticipated losses per share. In response, Jefferies cut its price target to $31 from $36. Quarter-to-date, LFST is off 58.8%.


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