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Zoom, Delta, Moderna: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

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Here’s what we are watching as markets kick into gear Thursday.

Stock futures slipped as new restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus sparked concerns about further damage to the economy. Futures tied to the S&P 500 fell 0.5%, pointing to a decline in the gauge after the opening bell. Read our full market wrap here.

Unemployment data. Jobless claims remained high at around 709,000 last week, but slipped to their lowest level since March, suggesting some workers are finding jobs even as coronavirus cases climb.

What’s coming up.
Palantir Technologies,
Walt Disney
and
Cisco Systems
will report earnings this afternoon.

Market Movers to Watch

Shares of companies that benefit from remote working arrangements were rising ahead of the bell Thursday.

Shares of companies that benefit from remote working arrangements were rising ahead of the bell Thursday.

Photo: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

—Moderna climbed 3.2% in offhours trading after the biotech company said the first batch of data from its late-stage test of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine candidate was ready for analysis.

—Travel companies that performed well during Monday’s market rotation after promising vaccine news slipped offhours, with
Delta Air Lines
sliding 3.1%,
United Airlines Holdings
dropping 3.2%,
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
down 3.8% and
Royal Caribbean Group
falling 4.4%.

—Stocks benefiting from a work-from-home world rose premarket with
Zoom Video Communications
gaining 2.3%,
Slack Technologies
up 1.3% and
DocuSign
rising 1.5%.

—Boeing Company dropped 2.4% out of hours after the company said it expects a weaker global market amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite also releasing strong forecasts for China’s aircraft demand.


Occidental Petroleum
fell a further 2.7% in offhours trading after dropping 3.9% Wednesday. J.P. Morgan analyst Phil Gresh gave the company a bearish rating yesterday citing concerns over the oil price needed to cover its capital expenditures.

—Bitcoin briefly surged over $16,000 for the first time since 2018 before peeling back.


Hillenbrand
surged 5.4% ahead of the bell, after diversified industrial company swung to a loss in its latest quarter as expenses grew, but sales surged due to its acquisition of Milacron Holdings.


Sundial Growers
plunged over 10% premarket after the cannabis company reported a drop in third-quarter revenue that disappointed investors.


XPeng
‘s U.S.-listed shares advanced around 5% offhours, as the China-based electric vehicle maker reported a more than fourfold jump in third-quarter revenue that beat analysts’ predictions despite posting an overall loss. Other U.S.-listed Chinese tech firms were also climbing, including JD.com and Pinduoduo.


Five Prime Therapeutics
jumped over 21% premarket, after the company reported promising results in preclinical data for its FPA157 anti-tumor treatment.


ServiceNow
gained 3.3% before the bell after
Morgan Stanley
said its share price would rise to $652 a share. The company closed Wednesday at $503.36.

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