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By Peter Nurse — Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Wednesday, July 28th. Please refresh for updates.

  • Alphabet (NASDAQ:) stock rose 3.9% after the Google parent reported a 62% rise in total revenue while net income rose more than two-and-a-half times as advertising revenue soared.

  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:) stock rose 1% after the tech giant beat expectations for revenue and earnings, helped by a boom in Cloud services. Its Azure unit posted revenue growth of 50% on the year, accelerating again after appearing to slow down in recent quarters.

  • Apple (NASDAQ:) stock fell 0.8% after the iPhone maker highlighted the global shortage of chips could now begin to hurt manufacturing of its key product, even as it reported a record third quarter with customers buying  more of its premium 5G phones.

  • Starbucks (NASDAQ:) stock fell 3.3% after the coffee giant cut its fiscal 2021 forecast for sales in China, its most important overseas market, where Covid-related restrictions are still being extended to combat localized outbreaks. Sales in its home U.S. market were strong, offsetting higher input costs.

  • Boeing (NYSE:) stock rose 5.7% after the aircraft manufacturer reported its first quarterly profit in almost two years, helped by a surge in deliveries of commercial planes as airlines started to recover from the pandemic.

  • McDonald’s (NYSE:) stock fell 0.4% despite the fast food giant reporting a jump in same-store sales of just over 40% in the second quarter, exceeding the pre-pandemic levels of 2019 for the second straight quarter. 

  • Pfizer (NYSE:) stock rose 0.1% after the pharma giant increased its sales forecast for its Covid vaccine by nearly a third to $33 billion. 

  • GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:) ADR fell 0.9% after the drugmaker forecast another drop in 2021 profit, despite its vaccine business picking up as routine hospital visits recovered.

  • CME Group (NASDAQ:) stock rose 0.2% after the exchange operator reported a 1.4% rise in second-quarter profit, helped by lower expenses and higher trading volumes.

  • Barclays (LON:) ADR rose 3.5% after the British bank announced increases to dividends and stock buybacks with its investment banking and equities businesses posting record numbers.

  • Spotify (NYSE:) stock fell 3.6% after the music-streaming service reported that its monthly active user numbers came in below guidance.

  • Shopify (NYSE:) stock rose 1.3% after the e-commerce company posted strong quarterly earnings, continuing to benefit from the surge in online shopping.
  • Humana (NYSE:) stock fell 4.7% after the health insurer reported a sharp drop in second-quarter profit following a rebound in demand for non-urgent medical services from the vaccinated public.


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