Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Slip; Akamai To Acquire Prolexic For Around $370M
Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.19 percent to 16,056.73 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.08 percent to 4,056.75. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.04 percent to 1,805.08.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. Akamai reaffirmed its Q4 earnings forecast of $0.49 to $0.53 per share on revenue of $412 million to 430 million.
Shares of Chart Industries (NASDAQ: GTLS) got a boost, shooting up 5.26 percent to $102.42 after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock from Equal-weight to Overweight.
Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO) was also up, gaining 8.33 percent to $31.52 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to “Conviction Buy” list.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Cobalt International Energy (NYSE: CIE) were down 14.57 percent to $18.99 after the company confirmed that it has successfully tested its earlier announced Lontra #1 Pre-salt discovery well in Block 20, offshore Angola.
Petroleo Brasileiro SA- Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) shares tumbled 9.91 percent to $14.36 after Citigroup downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral.
U.S. Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL) was down, falling 8.43 percent to $35.24 after the company reported that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of up to 2,600,000 shares of its common stock. The company also lifted its earnings outlook for the year ending December 31, 2013.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.77 percent to $93.43, while gold traded down 1.13 percent to $1,236.30.
Silver traded down 1.81 percent Monday to $19.67, while copper fell 0.17 percent to $3.20.
European shares were mostly lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index tumbled 0.73 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 1.26 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.06 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 0.43 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.69 percent.
US manufacturing PMI climbed to 54.7 in November, from the flash estimate of 54.3 and versus a reading of 51.8 in October. However, economists were expecting a reading of 54.3.
The ISM manufacturing index rose to 57.30 in November, versus a prior reading of 56.40. However, economists were expecting a reading of 55.10.
U.S. construction spending rose 0.80% in October, versus economists' expectations for a 0.40% gain.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.
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