Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Cerner Rallies Major Contract While United Airlines Plummets
Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.56 percent to 15,241.45 while the NASDAQ declined 0.27 percent to 3,777.13. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.52 percent to 1,689.49.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) reported a wider fiscal second-quarter loss. BlackBerry posted a quarterly loss of $965 million, or $1.84 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $229 million, or $0.44 per share. Its adjusted net loss from continuing operations came in at $0.47 per share. Its revenue dropped 45% to $1.6 billion from $2.9 billion. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.49 per share on revenue of $1.61 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) was also on the rise, gaining 7.76 percent to $52.52 after news hit that the company won a landmark contract with Intermountain this afternoon.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) were down 20.36 percent to $11.03 after the company reported that the results from Phase 2 trial of NKTR-181 missed primary efficacy endpoint.
United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) was down as well, falling 8.90 percent to $31.04 following more fears of a government shutdown.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.22 percent to $102.80, while gold traded up 1.16 percent to $1,339.50. Silver traded up 0.30 percent Friday to $21.80, while copper rose 0.44 percent to $3.32.
European shares were mostly lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.47 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index fell 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 0.03 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 0.01 percent while U.K. shares declined 0.81 percent.
Consumer spending rose 0.3% in August, matching economists' expectations for a 0.3% rise. Personal income increased 0.4% last month, versus economists' estimates of a 0.4% rise.
The Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index declined to a final reading of 77.5 in September, from 82.1 in August.
However, economists were estimating a final reading of 78.00. Data on farm prices for September will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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