Market Weekly: April 4 – 10 2020

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    [color=purple][i][b]Where have we been and where are we … and wish all a SAFE & good week ahead
    and basically we just have to be patient — take 1 day at time — and get best out of each days
    and eventually this 1st wave of outbreak should diminish — and hoping & praying for that
    Meanwhile plant those VICTORY GARDENS for us and the herd :lol:[/b][/i][/color]



    The federal government is deploying 1,000 medical military personnel to New York City to help with the COVID-19 epidemic.

    President Trump said that this will probably be the toughest week so far in the COVID-19 outbreak, “with a lot of death.”

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Saturday that the state has just seven days to prepare for the peak of the outbreak as it works to expand medical capacity and get access to needed equipment.

    On Saturday, the state reported the largest single-day increase in deaths so far, reaching a total of 3,565 deaths in the state.

    Last updated: April 05, 2020, 17:24 GMT

    USA Total 327,848 +16,491 9,325 +873 301,823 990 28 1,707,153 5,158

    State Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Active Cases Tot Cases/ 1M pop Deaths/
    1M pop

    New York 122,031 +7,256 4,159 +594 105,685 6,220 212 283,621 14,457
    New Jersey 37,505 +3,381 917 +7 1 36,496 4,223 103 81,904 9,222
    Michigan 14,225 540 13,680 1,429 54 37,992 3,815
    California 14,005 +356 322 +3 12,783 358 8 113,700 2,904
    Louisiana 13,010 +514 477 +68 12,483 2,790 102 60,325 12,935
    Florida 12,151 +606 218 +23 11,933 590 11 114,580 5,563
    Massachusetts 11,736 216 11,510 1,718 32 68,800 10,073
    Pennsylvania 11,510 +1,095 150 +14 11,284 900 12 77,771 6,080
    Illinois 10,357 243 10,112 808 19 53,581 4,179


    COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

    Last updated: April 05, 2020, 17:23 GMT

    [b][color=red]Coronavirus Cases:




    NASA plans for a moon base as jumping-off point for trips to Mars and beyond.

    NASA expects to return astronauts to the moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis program. The moon base would have a lunar terrain vehicle for transporting astronauts around the landing zone, a mobile habitat that could house astronauts for up to 45 days for travel around the moon, and a permanent structure for astronauts to live in.

    “After 20 years of continuously living in low-Earth orbit, we’re now ready for the next great challenge of space exploration — the development of a sustained presence on and around the moon,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “For years to come, Artemis will serve as our North Star as we continue to work toward even greater exploration of the Moon, where we will demonstrate key elements needed for the first human mission to Mars,” he concluded.


    Microsoft warned on phishing attack able to deploy Emotet malware that took down an organization’s network by overloading CPUs in Windows devices.

    In addition, the organization’s internet connection was slowed to a crawl because the malware used all of the bandwidth.

    Microsoft said the malware, a polymorphic virus, spread through network shares and legacy protocols and avoid detection by anti-virus software through regular updates from the attacker’s command and control server. Although Microsoft did not disclose the name of the organization, an examination by ZDNet indicated it was an attack against the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in February of 2018.

    Microsoft was eventually able to contain the malware infection and wipe it from the organization’s systems.

    All systems down within a week
    The Emotet payload was delivered and executed on the systems of Fabrikam — a fake name Microsoft gave the victim in their case study — five days after the employee’s user credentials were exfiltrated to the attacker’s command and control (C&C) server.

    Before this, the threat actors used the stolen credentials to deliver phishing emails to other Fabrikam employees, as well as to their external contacts, with more and more systems getting infected and downloading additional malware payloads.

    The malware further spread through the network without raising any red flags by stealing admin account credentials authenticating itself on new systems, later used as stepping stones to compromise other devices.

    Within 8 days since that first booby-trapped attachment was opened, Fabrikam’s entire network was brought to its knees despite the IT department’s efforts, with PCs overheating, freezing, and rebooting because of blue screens, and Internet connections slowing down to a crawl because of Emotet devouring all the bandwidth.

    Microsoft recommends using email filtering tools to automatically detect and stop phishing emails that spread the Emotet infection, as well as the adoption of multi-factor authentication (MFA) to stop the attackers from taking advantage of stolen credentials.



    [color=purple][i][b]Good Monday morning to all … Some good news being reported

    DOW surging over 1,000 points
    As “statistically” some peaking is being noted for a few areas — but certainly we can’t let our guard down yet :whistle:
    Found this great 2020 COVID-19 themed version of song with awesome video & beautiful applicable lyrics :)[/b][/i][/color]


    Big Short Positions Out There

    List of high short interest names includes

    GameStop (NYSE:GME),
    Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH),
    Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO),
    Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK),
    SmileDirectClub (NASDAQ:SDC),
    Tanger Factory Outlet (NYSE:SKT),
    Carvana (NYSE:CVNA),
    AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC),
    Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS),
    Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX),
    Wayfair (NYSE:W)
    Carvana (CVNA).


    Wells Fargo Biotech Corporate Access Day Virtual Conference Boston 2020:

    Look for updates from
    uniQure (NASDAQ:QURE), Adaptimmune Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ADAP), Affimed (NASDAQ:AFMD), Akcea Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKCA), Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ:AGTC), Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA), Autolus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AUTL), AVROBIO (NASDAQ:AVRO), bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE), Celyad (NASDAQ:CYAD), Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), Gritstone Oncology (NASDAQ:GRTS), IMV (NASDAQ:IMV), Infinity Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INFI), Jounce Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JNCE), MEI Pharma (NASDAQ:MEIP), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MNTA), MyoKardia (NASDAQ:MYOK) and Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VYGR).


    The online Goldman Sachs Cell Therapy Day conference

    Feature presentations from
    Allogene Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ALLO),
    TCR2 Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TCRR)
    Precision Biosciences (NASDAQ:DTIL).


    The Canaccord Genuity Horizons in Oncology Conference on April 8

    Online presentation by

    Allogene Therapeutics
    IGM Biosciences (NASDAQ:IGMS).


    Barron’s This Weekend: – Advertising, Media and Biotechs

    The tough stretch ahead for the advertising industry is profiled in detail, with spending expected to be down sharply.

    On the digital side, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) have already warned that they will take a hit from the downturn, while Alphabet’s Google is also likely to be hurt.

    Cable players AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX), ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC) and Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA) face advertising dollars drying up, subscription services growth and a lack of sports programming in a triple whammy could set the stage for an acceleration in the long-running cord-cutting trend.

    Sharp revenue drops are also expected for New York Times (NYSE:NYT), News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA), Meredith (NYSE:MDP), Gannett (GCI), Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings (NYSE:CCO), Outfront Media (NYSE:OUT), iHeartMedia (OTC:IHRT) and Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS).

    The largest U.S. media businesses have seen as being better off, but trouble areas are still on the road ahead for Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Walt Disney (DIS).

    Barron’s list of biotechs to own for a post-pandemic world.

    Gilead Sciences (GILD), Blueprint Medicines (NASDAQ:BPMC), WuXi Biologics (OTC:WXIBF), WuXi Apptec (OTCPK:WUXAY), Invitae (NYSE:NVTA), bluebird bio (BLUE), Fate Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FATE) and Crispr Therapeutics (CRSP) make the cut.

    Sources: CNBC, Bloomberg, Nikkei Asian Review, Reuters, EDGAR, S3 Partners.


    Costco:March Sales Watch

    Traffic at Costco (NASDAQ:COST) stores has tailed off just a bit amid social distancing efforts, still the report on March sales could still surprise

    Costco saw U.S. comparable sales soar 12% in February as consumer stockpiling trend first started to take off. The consensus for Costco’s Q2 comparable sales (U.S., Canada and international) is at a healthy 9.3%.

    Buckle (NYSE:BKE), Cato (NYSE:CATO) and PriceSmart (PSMT) are also in line to issue monthly sales report.


    IPO share lockups expire this week include:

    BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX),
    HBT Financial (NASDAQ:HBT)
    Vir Biotechnology (NASDAQ:VIR).

    Analysts can also start covering Imara (NASDAQ:IMRA). The biotech stock closed at $15.81 on Friday after the IPO was priced at $16 per share.


    [color=brown][i][b]LOL — too funny … due to ESSENTIALS ONLY & reduced car & air travel & no sporting events :ohmy:
    The DEER & other wildlife believe that most of humanity must now be gone :woohoo:
    Critters of ALL TYPES now wander into previously hustle & bustle CITIES around the world 😆
    Hopefully our herd in SW Viriginia remains safe from COVID-19 8) [/b][/i][/color]


    [color=limegreen][size=6][b]Dow 22,679.99 1,627.46 7.73%
    S&P 500 2,663.68 175.03 7.03%
    Nasdaq 7,913.24 540.15 7.33%
    GlobalDow 2,479.45 114.94 4.86%
    Gold 1,705.30 59.60 3.62%
    Oil 26.26 -2.08 -7.34%[/b][/size][/color]

    [size=5][i]2020 may have started off as YEAR OF RAT :woohoo:
    and YEAR OF THE BAT — as that is on menu for some 👿
    but here kitty kitty kitty – in 2nd half will be YEAR OF KAT[/i][/size] 😆

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