Today’s top US stocks: Merck & Co (MRK ↑9.7%), GoodRx (GDRX ↑7.1%)

Posted: 1 October 2021 5:07 pm

The best-performing companies today were Merck & Co (MRK, up 9.7%) and Goodrx Holdings Inc (GDRX, up 7.1%).

The Dow Jones Industrial Average took another wild swing Friday, climbing 482.54 to close out the week at 34,326.46. The Nasdaq followed suit, gaining 118.12 to wrap at 14,566.70. The S&P 500 edged up 49.50 to close at 4,357.04.

Top movers in US markets Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Merck & Company Inc (MRK) was the biggest gainer today.

Shares in the company rose 9.7% to $82.42.

“Merck was the Golden Child of the market Friday after it announced some positive clinical results for its antiviral pill intended to treat COVID-19,” said Sheri Bechtel, editor for Finder’s US share trading and investing team. “This, however, was bad news for vaccine makers like Moderna, which saw its stock slip on the headlines, as people’s perceptions about the dangers of COVID are likely to shift on this antiviral development.”

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Another strong performer was GoodRx Holdings Inc (GDRX), a Nasdaq company.

It rose 7.1% to reach $42.57.

Find out more about investing in GoodRx Holdings Inc in Finder’s full guide.

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Today’s list of the 10 biggest U.S. stock gainers by the close:

StockPrice% change
Merck & Company Inc (MRK)$82.429.7%
Goodrx Holdings Inc (GDRX)$42.577.1%
Cf Industries Holdings Inc (CF)$59.546.7%
Penn National Gaming Inc (PENN)$76.996.3%
Internationa Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF)$141.766.0%
Mosaic Co (MOS)$37.635.3%
United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL)$50.075.3%
DraftKings Inc (DKNG)$50.474.8%
Pinterest Inc (PINS)$53.394.8%
Live Nation Entertainment Inc (LYV)$95.444.7%

Market movers Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Each weekday we round up the biggest gainers on the NYSE and Nasdaq, ranked by price percentage from market open to market close. To avoid higher price volatility we only include stocks with market caps of more than $10 billion. Price changes are calculated from the open to the close on the trading day, but these prices may be subject to minor variation depending on data availability.

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