By Peter Nurse
Investing.com — Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Monday, October 4th. Please refresh for updates.
Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock rose 2.8% after the electric car maker recorded a 73% jump in deliveries in the third quarter, staying on course to meet ambitious full-year targets despite the global semiconductor chips shortage.
Merck (NYSE:MRK) stock rose 2.8%, continuing Friday’s sharp gains on the back of the drugmaker announcing encouraging news about its experimental antiviral oral treatment for Covid-19. On the flip side, the stocks of rivals Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) and Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) have fallen 4.8% and 3.9% respectively.
3M Company (NYSE:MMM) stock fell 1.7% on the back of a federal jury awarding an army veteran $8.2 million, the biggest verdict yet against the company in mass tort litigation over its combat earplugs.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) stock rose 1.6% after Barclays (LON:BARC) upgraded the freight-hauling railroad to ‘overweight’ from ‘equal weight’, saying the railroad industry will rebound as the current supply chain issues are fixed.
DuPont (NYSE:DD) stock climbed 2.6% after JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) upgraded its recommendation to ‘overweight’ from ‘neutral’, saying the the underperforming stock can rebound by more than 20%.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) stock rose 1% after the airline reinstated its original third-quarter revenue forecast, after cutting it a month ago. It also expects 2022 domestic bookings to surpass pre-pandemic levels.
Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) stock rose 2.5% after Barclays upgraded its investment stance to ‘overweight’ from ‘equal weight’, saying it favors the low-cost, low-fare carriers as traffic increases.