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Pfizer, Gilead, Ross: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

11/20/2020 | 09:17am EST

By Jem Bartholomew

Here's what we're watching as markets kick into gear Friday.

-- Stock futures slipped, putting Wall Street on track to end a choppy week with muted losses. Futures tied to the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both fell 0.2%. Read our full market wrap here.

-- What's coming up. A measure of European consumer confidence is due at 10 a.m. ET, and the Baker Hughes rig count, a proxy for drilling activity in the oil industry, is expected at 1 p.m.

-- IPOs to watch. Maravai LifeSciences Holdings and Sotera Health are expected to begin trading Friday.

-- Pfizer said it plans to ask U.S. health regulators on Friday to permit use of its Covid-19 vaccine, a milepost in months of frantic efforts to find a medicine that could beat back a rampaging pandemic. It could put the vaccine on track for distribution in December if cleared quickly. The pharmaceutical company's shares climbed 1.5% in offhours trading.

Market Movers to Watch

-- Gilead Sciences fell 1.6% before the bell after the World Health Organization recommended against the use of antiviral drug remdesivir for Covid-19.

-- Moderna, another company in the race for a coronavirus vaccine, saw its shares climb premarket over 3%.

-- Ross Stores gained 4.4% offhours after the retailer posted third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' predictions.

-- Workday dropped 3.4% premarket after the cloud-software company warned of lingering Covid-19 effects, despite reporting profit and revenue that topped Wall Street's expectations.

-- Foot Locker advanced 2.8% premarket after the shoe retailer posted quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

-- Occidental Petroleum jumped 2.5% before the market opened after Susquehanna Community Financial said the oil company's share price would rise to $18 a share. Occidental closed Thursday at $13.36.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

11-20-20 0916ET

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BAKER HUGHES COMPANY -2.09% 20.61 Delayed Quote.-1.15%
DJ INDUSTRIAL -0.07% 30937.04 Delayed Quote.1.16%
EURO / BRITISH POUND (EUR/GBP) -0.27% 0.88273 Delayed Quote.-0.60%
FOOT LOCKER, INC. -1.65% 46.44 Delayed Quote.16.77%
GILEAD SCIENCES, INC. -2.14% 66.7 Delayed Quote.14.49%
HOLOGIC, INC. -2.38% 74.52 Delayed Quote.2.32%
LONDON BRENT OIL 0.23% 56.2 Delayed Quote.7.08%
MODERNA, INC. 3.35% 151.93 Delayed Quote.45.35%
NASDAQ 100 0.05% 13490.1857 Delayed Quote.4.62%
NASDAQ COMP. -0.07% 13626.064934 Delayed Quote.5.08%
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION -5.25% 20.38 Delayed Quote.24.26%
PFIZER INC. 0.08% 37.31 Delayed Quote.1.36%
ROSS STORES, INC. -1.66% 111.66 Delayed Quote.-7.55%
S&P 500 -0.15% 3849.62 Delayed Quote.2.49%
SUSQUEHANNA COMMUNITY FINANCIAL, INC. -0.05% 19.2 Delayed Quote.9.71%
THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORPORATION -1.27% 26.45 Delayed Quote.-0.11%
WORKDAY INC. 0.26% 235.6 Delayed Quote.-1.67%
WTI 0.11% 52.839 Delayed Quote.8.49%
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