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1. Stocks to bounce after Biden capital gains concerns slammed Wall Street
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A visual representation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin on November 21, 2020 in London, England.
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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies sank Friday as concern about Biden raising U.S. capital gains taxes on the rich led to a wave of selling. Bitcoin, which hit an all time high near $65,000 on April 14, sank 6.5% to under $50,000. That’s a 23% plunge in a little more than a week. The crypto market value, half of which is bitcoin, dropped $200 billion in just a day. Bitcoin went below a $1 trillion in market value as the global crypto universe slipped below $2 trillion, according to price-tracking website CoinMarketCap.
3. Intel shares fall as revenue, profit drop slightly from last year
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, speaks in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 9, 2017, in a photo taken when he was CEO of VMware.
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Intel late Thursday delivered essentially flat first-quarter sales and a drop in profit in the first earnings report under new CEO Pat Gelsinger. The Dow stock declined more than 2% in premarket trading, though Intel’s per-share earnings and revenue did beat estimates. Gelsinger, who took over in February, announced a plan earlier this month to invest $20 billion in new microchip manufacturing plants. Dow components American Express and Honeywell delivered quarterly results Friday morning. Amex beat handily on profit but missed on revenue. Shares dropped nearly 4%. Honeywell beat on both, though its stock was also lower.
4. CDC considers two more cases as advisory panel meets on paused J&J vaccine
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is stored for use with United Airlines employees at United’s onsite clinic at O’Hare International Airport on March 09, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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The CDC’s immunization advisory panel is set to meet Friday on whether to lift the pause on Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid vaccine. In addition to six women who developed rare but severe blood clotting issues after getting the vaccine, the CDC is looking into two more possible cases: an Oregon woman who died and a Texas woman who was hospitalized. Of the original six, one died and one became critically ill. According to CDC data, over 8 million people have received the J&J vaccine in the U.S.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew-2 mission astronauts, lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021.
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SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit Friday morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, using a recycled rocket and capsule. It’s the third crewed flight in less than a year for Elon Musk’s privately held commercial space company. The astronauts from the United States, Japan and France should reach the International Space Station early Saturday after a 23-hour ride in the same capsule used by SpaceX’s debut crew last May.
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