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Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.72 percent to 14,829.43 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.66 percent to 3,634.78. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.55 percent to 1,645.92.

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Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) reported a drop in its first-quarter profit.

Smithfield's quarterly profit dropped to $39.5 million, from $61.7 million, in the year-earlier period. Its earnings per share fell to $0.27 from $0.40.

Its revenue climbed to $3.4 billion from $3.1 billion. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.47 per share.

Equities Trading UP
Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) shot up 18.27 percent to $6.15 after the company reported upbeat fiscal third-quarter earnings.

Shares of VeriFone Systems (NYSE: PAY) got a boost, shooting up 8.88 percent to $22.56 after the company reported better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter results.

Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR) was also up, gaining 7.55 percent to $24.57 after the company issued strong Q2 outlook.

Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Mattress Firm Holding (NASDAQ: MFRM) were down 14.66 percent to $35.58 after the company reported downbeat second-quarter results and lowered its forecast.

MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) shares tumbled 4.92 percent to $5.99 after analysts at Bank of America downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underperform.

Smith & Wesson Holding (NASDAQ: SWHC) was down, falling 6.01 percent to $10.79 after the company issued a downbeat Q2 forecast.

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.95 percent to $109.40, while gold traded up 0.77 percent to $1,383.60.

Silver traded up 2.26 percent Friday to $23.78, while copper rose 0.94 percent to $3.27.

European shares were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 1.32 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 1.37 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.43 percent and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.70 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.35 percent.

The US economy added 169,000 jobs in August, while the country's unemployment rate declined to 7.3% from 7.4%. Economists were expecting a 173,000 gain in jobs in August.

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