Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Lower; Lululemon Issues Downbeat Guidance
Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.38 percent to 15,784.19 while the NASDAQ gained 0.04 percent to 4,005.38. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.15 percent to 1,779.56.
Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) reported a rise in its third-quarter profit and cut its forecast. Lululemon's quarterly profit surged to $66.1 million, or $0.45 per share, from a year-ago profit of $57.3 million, or $0.39 per share.
Its net revenue gained 20% to $379.9 million. However, analysts were estimating earnings of $0.41 per share on revenue of $374.9 million. Its same-store sales increased 5% in the quarter. Lululemon projects flat same-store sales for its fiscal fourth quarter.
It also expects Q4 earnings of $0.78 to $0.80 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $0.84 per share. Lululemon also cut its full-year earnings forecast to $1.94 to $1.96 per share on revenue of of $1.605 billion to $1.610 billion.
Equities Trading UP
UNS Energy (NYSE: UNS) shot up 28.42 percent to $58.87 after the company agreed to be acquired by Fortis Utility Group for $60.25 per share in cash.
Shares of Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ: PRTA) got a boost, shooting up 9.24 percent to $29.92 after the company and Roche (OTC: RHHBY) entered into a worldwide collaboration to develop and commercialize antibodies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) were down 8.35 percent to $62.64 after the company issued a weak guidance.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.52 percent to $97.95, while gold traded down 2.11 percent to $1,230.70. Silver traded down 3.62 percent Thursday to $19.62, while copper rose 0.21 percent to $3.30.
European shares were lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index tumbled 1.03 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.90 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX declined 0.64 percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.37 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.72 percent.
US jobless claims increased 68,000 to 368,000 in the week that ended December 7. However, economists were expecting claims to reach 335,000 in the week. US retail sales rose 0.7% in November, versus economists' expectations for a 0.6% gain.
US import price index dropped 0.6% in November, versus economists' expectations for a 0.7% decline.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 30.9 in the week ended December 8, versus minus 31.3. US business inventories rose 0.70% in October, versus a prior reading of a 0.60% gain. However, economists were expecting a 0.30% rise.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills. The Treasury will also auction 2-year, 5-year and 7-year notes. Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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