Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Oramed Jumps Following Announcement of up to $50M Licensing, Investment Deal in China; Supercom Shares Dip
Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.28 percent to 17,749.39 while the NASDAQ declined 0.32 percent to 5,111.10. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.31 percent to 2,083.61.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Monday, energy shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX), up 20 percent, and GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: GLF), up 18 percent.
Healthcare sector was the top loser in the US market on Monday. Top losers in the sector included Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOLD), Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH), and XenoPort, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNPT).
PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI) announced its plans to acquire WinDoor, Incorporated.
The transaction is valued at around $102 million.
Equities Trading UP
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: AVXL) shares shot up 32 percent to $7.89 following a release from the company that an independent researcher has described the company's ANAVEX 3-71 as potent cognitive enhancer in Alzheimer's disease models.
Shares of iKang Healthcare Group Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: KANG) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $19.12 after the company reported the receipt of a competing non-binding go private bid at $44 per share or $22 per ADS in an all cash transaction.
Oramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $9.27 following announcement of up to $50 million licensing and investment agreements for oral insulin capsule in China.
Equities Trading DOWN
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) shares tumbled 7 percent to $50.59. Jefferies downgraded Prestige Brand Holdings from Hold to Underperform and raised the price target to $44.00.
Shares of Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) were down 39 percent to $4.70. Supercom expects Q3 revenue of $5.5 million to $6.1 million and FY revenue to exceed $30 million. The company also announced a contract of $8 million.
Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was down, falling 8 percent to $48.30. FBR Capital downgraded Lululemon Athletica from Market Perform to Underperform and lowered the price target from $55.00 to $42.00.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.46 percent to $41.90, while gold traded up 1.03 percent to $1,067.10.
Silver traded up 0.51 percent Monday to $14.12, while copper fell 0.15 percent to $2.05.
European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.46 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.74 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index surged 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 0.78 percent, and the French CAC 40 jumped 0.56 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.30 percent.
The Chicago PMI slipped to 48.7 in November, versus 56.2 in October. Economists were expecting a reading of 55.
Pending home sales index gained rose 0.2 percent in October to a reading of 107.7.
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