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10 Major Stocks Headlining the Market on Sept. 11

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:00 PM
Josiah Wilmoth
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:00 PM

The stock market took a substantial step forward on Wednesday, bringing the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all closer to their all-time highs.

Here are ten individual stocks headlining the market’s upward swing.

Winners: Tesla, Boeing, & Apple Impress


Tesla stock led the Nasdaq with a spectacular 5.61% rally. TSLA’s single-day surge came one day after TipRanks reported  that JMP analyst Joseph Osha believes that the stock is undervalued by 45%.

The icing on the cake? Elon Musk revealed  that the Tesla Model S had broken the speed record for a four-door sedan at Laguna Seca Raceway, a famous California racetrack.

Boeing (NYSE:BA)

Boeing stock surged 3% after CEO Dennis Muilenburg said that he expects the controversial 737 MAX to return to service  before the end of 2019. The company’s most popular jet has been grounded since March, contributing to a 72% plunge  in year-over-year plane deliveries.


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The Apple iPhone 11 launch contributed to AAPL stock’s Wednesday rally. | Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Apple trailed only Boeing among Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks, rising 2.85% the day after it debuted the iPhone 11. Wall Street cheered the smartphone’s $50 price cut, and the Tim Cook-led firm’s market cap briefly touched $1 trillion .

Merck (NYSE:MRK)

Merck stock experienced a 1.51% relief rally on Wednesday following a brutal start to the week. MRK clung to gains despite a Reuters report  uncovering evidence that a court had allowed the drugmaker to conceal a drug’s risks.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

Trade war bellwether Caterpillar rose 1.11% amid continued optimism that the US and China will make progress toward a new trade agreement.

Losers: Trump Sends Chevron Lower

Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO)

Gaming company Take-Two Interactive was one over several companies hit hard by Apple’s Tuesday product launch event. Shareholders are particularly concerned about the impact that Apple’s $4.99 per month Arcade service will have on the mobile gaming market.

Meanwhile, TTWO subsidiary 2K Games remains mired in waves of backlash related to NBA 2K20. Customers are upset both about the quality of the game and its notorious microtransactions system.


Shares in 3M declined 1.44% a day after a company executive endured questioning  by the House of Representatives in connection with its use of chemical substances called PFAS . Congress is reviewing legislation that would curtail the use of PFAS, which are commonly used in waterproofing but might contribute to cancer and other health problems.

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI)

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Will “Call of Duty fatigue” reduce Activision Blizzard’s growth? | Source: Activision/Infinity Ward

Activision Blizzard stock slid 1.32% amid concerns that its flagship Call of Duty franchise is suffering from brand fatigue and that the upcoming Modern Warfare sequel will drag on growth. Analysts also point to the disappointing Sekiro: Shadows Die launch as another warning sign for ATVI.

GameStop: (NYSE:GME)

Beleaguered video game retailer GameStop was forced to watch its shares careen 9.53% lower in response to a report that it would close 200 stores  by the end of the year. CFO James Bell also revealed that shareholders should expect even more closures over the next 24 months.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Chevron shares dipped 0.92% after Bloomberg published a report revealing that President Trump discussed easing sanctions on oil-rich Iran  in advance of a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton, whom Trump fired on Tuesday, opposed that strategy. The report also ignited a 2.68% plunge in the price of crude oil.