Dow Jumps Triple-Digits On Jobs Data, Recovery Optimism

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIis adding to this morning's gains, last seen up 103 points as better-than-expected initial jobless claims data boosts market sentiment and sends cyclical stocks skyward. Boeing (BA), in particular, is propping up the blue-chip index, with hopes for a smooth economic recovery front-and-center. Elsewhere, the S&P 500 Index (SPXand Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are modestly higher as well, though the tech-heavy latter lags behind reopening plays. 

The semiconductor sector is in focus, with sector stalwart Nvidia (NVDA) pulling back after its quarterly report. Elsewhere, Senate Republicans just revealed their $928 billion infrastructure counteroffer after rejecting President Joe Biden's $1.7 trillion proposal. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, meanwhile, is calling for ramped-up government spending, citing stagnation in inflation-adjusted spending by congressional leaders. 

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Plant-based food concern Tattooed Chef Inc (Nasdaq: TTCFis seeing an uptick in options activity today, specifically on the bearish side of the aisle. So far, over 5,600 puts have been exchanged -- nine times the intraday average -- compared to 2,777 calls. Most popular is the June 15 put, where new positions are being sold to open, followed by the 17.50-strike put in the same series. TTCF was last seen down 2.7% at $21.71. The stock has seen a dramatic upswing this month, bouncing off the $16 mark and yesterday hitting a three-month high of $23.27 during yesterday's session. 

Vertex Energy Inc (Nasdaq: VTNR) is one of the top performing stocks on the Nasdaq today. The equity has more than doubled in value, last seen trading up 146.7% at $4.39 on news that the firm will acquire Royal Dutch Shell's (RDS-B) 90,000 barrel-a-day refinery located in Mobile, Alabama in a deal worth $75 million. The stock earlier today hit a six-year high, but VTNR has been trading mostly sideways lately, with the 120-day moving average capturing its two latest pullbacks. Year-over-year, the security is up 550%. 

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