Mid-Morning Market Update: CBS Spins off Billboard Business, Boeing 787 Grounded
Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.36 percent to 13,559.69 while the NASDAQ rose 0.36 percent to 3,128.75. The S&P also rose, increasing 0.28 percent to 1,476.54.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) shares took a hit after the market close Wednesday when further problems with its 787 dreamliner came to light. After Japan Airlines and the FAA grounded the aircraft, concerns over the construction of the aircraft have risen greatly.
Equities Trading UP
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) traded up 11.39 percent to $42.26 after the company announced that its billboard business would be spun out into an REIT.
DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS) saw a boost as well, rising 5.20 percent to $2.13 after the company announced it would abandon two incomplete ships.
Shares of CIENA (NASDAQ: CIEN) were also up, gaining 3.25 percent to $15.73 after Comcast announced it would upgrade to the company's newest 100G technology.
Equities Trading DOWN
Power-One (NASDAQ: PWER) lead the market on the downs Thursday morning, falling 10.62 percent to $3.88 after the company issued some poor guidance before the market open.
Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) were also down, dropping 5.81 percent to $44.39 after releasing retail sales guidance that fell below the street's estimates.
Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) declined too, trading down 1.86 percent after issuing its fourth-quarter guidance.
In commodity news, oil traded up 1.21 percent to $95.38, while gold traded down 0.53 percent to $1,674.50.
Silver traded up 0.14 percent Thursday to $31.66.
In the Eurozone this morning, markets remained mixed following a strong Spanish debt auction and weakness in the core. The Spanish Ibex and Italian MIB index were both up, while the German DAX and U.K. shares fell.
In economic news Thursday morning, building permits came in at 903 thousand, slightly missing expectations of 905 thousand, but beating the prior release of 900 thousand, while building permit growth month over month was reported at 0.3 percent, missing the consensus of 0.5 percent, and fally sharply below the prior growth rate of 3.7 percent.
Initial jobless claims were reported at 3.214 million, coming in worse than the expected 3.155 million and the prior figure of 3.127 million, while initial claims came in at
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