S&P 500 Pacing For Record Close As Wall Street's Fears Subside

The major indexes are attempting to extend their gains for a fourth-straight session, as Wall Street continues to set Covid-19 variant and economic growth fears aside. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIis up over 200 points this afternoon, while the S&P 500 Index (SPXscored a fresh intraday high and is now pacing for a record close. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is also firmly in the black, with social media powerhouses leading the charge. For the week, the three benchmarks are eyeing solid wins, as the 10-year Treasury yield continues to rise.

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One stock getting blasted in the options pits today is New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (NYSE: EDU), last seen down 58.2% at $2.68 after news broke that China is now considering making companies that offer tutoring services on school curriculum go non-profit. So far, 144,000 calls and 17,000 puts have crossed the tape, which is nine times the average intraday amount. Most popular is the August 5 call, followed by the October 7.50 call, with new positions currently being opened at the former. Today's dip has EDU well into penny stock territory, though shares have been plummeting on the charts since May, guided lower by the descending 20-day moving average. The equity is now trading at its lowest level in roughly six years and has shed 83.3% over the past nine months.

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One of the best stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today is New Home Company Inc (NYSE: NWHM), up 82.9% at $8.89 at last check. The homebuilder will be acquired by funds managed by Apollo Global Management in an all-cash deal for $9 per share, which is an 85.1% to premium to it last close. The deal will take the company private, and values it at roughly $338 million. Earlier today, shares hit a nearly three-year high of $8.94, blowing past overhead pressure at the 40-day moving average, which had been keeping a tight lid on the security since June. Year-over-year, NWHM sports a 103.% lead.

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