Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; J.P. Morgan Profit Misses Estimates
Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.42 percent to 16,102.69 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.22 percent to 4,045.08. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.28 percent to 1,827.96.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.09 percent. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) and Xueda Education Group (NYSE: XUE). Financial sector was the leading decliner in the US market today.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) reported a 19% drop in its first-quarter profit. J.P. Morgan's quarterly profit declined to $5.3 billion, or $1.28 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $6.53 billion, or $1.59 per share. Its revenue slipped 8% to $22.99 billion versus $25.12 billion. J.P. Morgan's investment banking net income dropped 15%. However, analysts were estimating earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $24.43 billion.
Equities Trading UP
BofI Holding (NASDAQ: BOFI) shares shot up 7.44 percent to $79.98 after H&R Block agreed to sell its banking business to BofI Federal Bank for an undisclosed amount.
Shares of Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) got a boost, shooting up 1.47 percent to $4.13 after the company named David Lee as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Morgan Stanley upgraded Zynga from Underweight to Equal-weight.
Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG) shares were also up, gaining 4.65 percent to $68.68 after the company reported a 30% growth in Q1 production.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of The Gap (NYSE: GPS) were down 3.78 percent to $37.81 after the company reported a 6% decline in its same-store sales in March, versus analysts' expectations for a 4.7% fall.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.02 percent to $103.38, while gold traded down 0.19 percent to $1,318.00.
Silver traded down 0.45 percent Friday to $20.00, while copper rose 0.79 percent to $3.07.
European shares were lower today.
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 2.13 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 1.49 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 1.86 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 1.55 percent while U.K. shares declined 1.44 percent.
US producer price index rose 0.5% in March, versus economists' expectations for a 0.1% growth.
The preliminary reading of Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 82.60 in April, versus a prior reading of 80.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 81.00.
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