Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Textron Rises as Markets Rise Across the Board
Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.64 percent to 16,282.95 while the NASDAQ surged 1.31 percent to 4,111.77. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.76 percent to 1,823.90.
BlackBerry posted a quarterly loss of $4.4 billion, or $8.37 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $9 million, or $0.02 per share. Its adjusted loss came in at $0.67 per share.
Its revenue dropped to $1.2 billion from $2.7 billion. However, analysts were estimating a loss of $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion. BlackBerry also entered into a five-year strategic partnership with Foxconn to develop and manufacture phones.
Equities Trading UP
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) shot up 14.58 percent to $56.25 as the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter results.
Shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals Public Limited Company (NASDAQ: JAZZ) got a boost, shooting up 7.77 percent to $123.65 after the company announced its plans to buy Gentium SpA (NASDAQ: GENT) for around $1 billion.
Textron (NYSE: TXT) was also up, gaining 13.05 percent to $36.82 after news broke that the company was nearing a $1.4 billion deal with Beachcraft.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of TIBCO Software (NASDAQ: TIBX) were down 11.83 percent to $21.58 on Q4 results. Analysts at UBS downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral.
Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT) was also down, falling 6.83 percent to $21.95 after the company released some poor guidance after the close on Thursday.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.09 percent to $99.13, while gold traded up 1.15 percent to $1,202.70.
Silver traded up 0.77 percent Friday to $19.41, while copper rose 0.39 percent to $3.31.
European shares were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.23 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.74 percent and the French CAC 40 jumped 0.41 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.39 percent.
The U.S. economy expanded at an annual pace of 4.1% in the third quarter, versus a prior reading of a 3.6% growth. However, economists were expecting a growth of 3.6%.
The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index declined to -3.00 in December, versus a prior reading of 7.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 6.00.
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