October 7, 2022


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Biogen, PayPal, Block, Ally Financial: What to Watch in the Stock Market Today

Wall Street stock indexes edged up after inflation data showed the largest annual jump in consumer prices in decades. Here’s what we’re watching in Wednesday’s trading:

  • Block’s

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    acquisition of Afterpay has cleared its final regulatory hurdle and will be implemented on Feb. 1, the Australian buy-now-pay-later provider said.

  • Medicare officials said they would cover


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    controversial Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm on the condition that patients are in clinical trials and have early-stage symptoms.

The Biogen headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., June 7, 2021.


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  • Jefferies Financial Group

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    reported lower revenue in the latest quarter, which it said was partly due to a challenging market environment for fixed-income trading that led to lower volume.

  • Shares of e-commerce clothing company


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    jumped in morning trading, building on Tuesday’s 27{614c55998ee2f2593d42882a86444f5648ce8ae9e914fe55020881091372b47b} gain. No clear catalyst for the penny stock’s gains: even its website was down for scheduled maintenance. Trading in the stock was briefly paused on Tuesday due to volatility.

  • Jefferies cut its rating on


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    stock and lowered the price target to $200 from $255.

  • Ally Financial’s

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    board approved a dividend hike and a share-repurchase program.

  • Evercore ISI Group lifted its rating on


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    stock and set a price target of $256 a share. On Tuesday it closed at $143.64.

  • General Motors

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    ‘ new CarBravo marketplace will let U.S. GM dealers sell used cars online, a move that adds new competition to the used-vehicle market and reflects a strategic shift for GM.

  • KB Home

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    E2open Parent Holdings

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    are due to report after Wednesday’s close.

Chart of the Day
  • Streetwise columnist James Mackintosh looks at three ways the market seems to be returning to normal after its pandemic unruliness, plus one possible change in its long-term pattern.

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