Rivian, FedEx, Cerner, Oracle: What to Watch in the Stock Market Today – The Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2021 by No Comments

Stocks on Wall Street were down in morning trading, at the end of a week that saw major central banks chart divergent courses as they confront inflation. Here’s what we’re watching in Friday’s action:

  • Electric-vehicle startup Rivian plans to start construction next year on a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, placing a hefty bet on its ability to steadily increase sales in the coming years.
  • FedEx posted a 14% increase in revenue for its fiscal second quarter, as higher shipping rates helped offset rising costs from labor shortages.
  • Cerner shares jumped after The Wall Street Journal reported that Oracle  is in talks to buy the electronic-medical-records company, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal could be worth around $30 billion.
  • H&R Block sued Block , formerly Square, for trademark infringement. Square changed its name to Block earlier this month, a nod to CEO Jack Dorsey’s blockchain ambitions.
  • JPMorgan clipped its price target for popular trading app maker Robinhood Markets to $17 from $26.
  • Bakkt Holdings was slightly up in morning trading, but not enough to match the prior day’s 34% loss for the crypto stock. The shares have been subject to large swings since the company went public in October, including more than tripling Oct. 25 on news of a Mastercard partnership.
  • Health authorities said the rate of a rare but serious blood-clotting disorder associated with the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is higher than previously detected.
  • Office furniture maker Steelcase warned that supply chain disruptions and inflationary pressures had crimped some of its growth.
  • Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants  reported earnings before the open, and said that its CEO Eugene Lee plans to retire in May but intends to stay on as chairman.
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  • Investors say Chinese authorities are likely to ease up somewhat on the embattled real-estate sector and to loosen monetary policy, helping support Chinese corporate borrowers more broadly.

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Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/rivian-fedex-cerner-oracle-what-to-watch-when-the-stock-market-opens-today-11639740966

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