Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Rise; Saks Posts Wider Loss
Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded up 0.13 percent to 15,101.67 while the NASDAQ surged 0.49 percent to 3,620.21. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.18 percent to 1,658.82.
Saks posted a quarterly loss of $19.6 million, or $0.13 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $12.3 million, or $0.08 per share. Excluding one-time items, it lost $0.10 per share. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.08 per share.
Its revenue rose 1% to $707.8 million from $704.1 million, versus analysts' estimates of $732.3 million. Its same-store sales increased 1.5%.
Shares of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) got a boost, shooting up 1.47 percent to $25.37 after Carl Icahn lifted his stake in Chesapeake to 9.98% from 8.98%..
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Cobalt International Energy (NYSE: CIE) were down 13.45 percent to $25.42 after the company provided an operational update on its deepwater drilling operations in West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.
Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) shares tumbled 4.27 percent to $44.13 after analysts at RBC Capital downgraded the stock from Outperform to Sector Perform.
B2Gold (NYSE: BTG) was down, falling 8.79 percent to $3.01 after the company announced private offering of US$225 million of convertible senior subordinated notes.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.25 percent to $107.19, while gold traded down 0.01 percent to $1,370.80.
Silver traded down 0.42 percent Monday to $23.28, while copper fell 0.92 percent to $3.34.
European shares were lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index tumbled 1.61 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 1.98%. Meanwhile, the German DAX declined 0.32 percent and the French CAC 40 dipped 0.80 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.55 percent.
The Treasury is set to auction 3- and 6-month bills.
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