Stocks Higher Midday Amid Hope For Positive Inflation News

Stocks are higher across the board this afternoon, as investors remain hopeful that positive overseas inflation updates would be mirrored by the upcoming Fed speech. The tech selloff is reversing as well, with Nvidia (NVDA) helping pave the way higher as it adds to a more than 11% weekly gain. 

All on track for a second-consecutive win, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and Nasdaq Composite Index (IXIC) sport triple-digit leads, while the broader-market S&P 500 Index (SPX) and the small-cap Russell 2000 Index (RUT) are also in the black.

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As Nvidia rallies, its sector peer Intel Corp (Nasdaq: INTCis enjoying some tailwinds as well. The semiconductor stock was last seen 2.5% higher at $45.63, and seeing increased bullish attention in the options pits. More than 209,000 calls have already crossed the tape -- double the intraday average volume -- while the most activity is taking place at the weekly 3/8 46-strike call. While shares of the chipmaker are down 9.3% in 2024, they're still up more than 75.5% over the last 12 months.

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Lytus Technologies Holdings Ptv Ltd (Nasdaq: LYTis leading the Nasdaq's gainers, boasting a 600% lead to trade at $17.24, at last check. Shares of the tech firm are soaring after it launched Lytus Cloud, a suite of cloud infrastructure services that will help the company enter the $326 billion data center market. LYT is now up 160% year-to-date.

Oil giant HPK (Nasdaq: HPKis one of the Nasdaq's worst performing stocks, after missing fourth-quarter earnings and revenue estimates. This was followed up by a bear note from Gerdes Energy Research, which cut its rating to "sell" from "buy" and its price target to $8. Year over year, HPK is down 47.4%.

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