Stock market live updates: Stocks two-day rally, Dow up 200 points, Microsoft gains

U.S. stocks attempted a two-day rally on Friday, with all three major averages opening in positive territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 140 points at the open. The S&P 500 rose 0.85% and the Nasdaq jumped 1.5%. — Fitzgerald 

Shares of Lululemon and Nike rose 5% and 1% respectively during premarket trading on Friday after bullish calls from Street analysts. Citi upgraded Lululemon to a buy, saying the company should fare better than most retailers amid the coronavirus outbreak given the brand’s strong e-commerce business.  “Looking beyond near-term disruptions, LULU is a standout in retail and we do not believe their long-term earnings power is at risk. They have a solid balance sheet and their business is likely to rebound strongly on the other side,” Citi said. Shares of Lululemon have shed 41% in the last month.

When it comes to Nike, Bank of America said the company is poised to continue growing market share. The firm upgraded Nike to a buy rating, citing strength in both footwear and apparel. “We believe NKE remains the key brand that wholesale customers shift orders to in times of distress and should also benefit from its superior sourcing capabilities, with a vertically integrated supply chain and more consolidated supplier base,” the firm said. Bank of America did, however, reduce its EPS estimates for the company, and lowered its target to $85 from $105. The new target is 20% above where the stock currently trades. Shares of Nike have lost 30% this year – Stevens

Shares of Uber jumped more than 9% during Friday’s premarket trading after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to an overweight rating. The firm said that after the stock’s 45% decline since early February, shares are “attractively priced.” “We think Uber’s value remains tied to growth trends that will play out long after coronavirus-driven disruptions have subsided,” the firm said, adding that consumers’ shift from car ownership to ridesharing should continue to benefit the company. Wells Fargo’s $41 target is 100% above where the stock currently trades. —Stevens

Stocks have whipsawed over the past two weeks, as uncertainty around the coronavirus worried investors. Thursday’s gain of 0.5% was the smallest move for the S&P 500 in at least the past nine trading days. —Fitzgerald 

Many battered travel companies were rebounding sharply in premarket trading Friday. United Airlines and American Airlines climbed 12% and 6%, respectively, after tanking 65% and 45% in March alone due to diminished demand for travel amid the coronavirus outbreak. Casinos MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts rose 13% and 10%, respectively in premarket trading, while Marriott and Hilton also traded up more than 5% each. Many of these casinos and hotels were forced to shut down amid the pandemic. The travel and tourism industry is seeking $150 billion in financial aid, with the U.S. airline industry asking government aid of more than $50 billion. — Li

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/stock-market-live-today.html

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