Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Shrug Off Strong Jobs Number; Focus On Ukraine
Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.21 percent to 16,524.05 while the NASDAQ gained 0.07 percent to 4,130.42. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.07 percent to 1,882.73.
Topping headlines Friday was the jobs report, where the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent, crushing expectations, while Private Sector Payrolls and Manufacturing Payrolls beat as well. The news took markets up sharply before selling off on further turmoil in Ukraine.
Equities Trading UP
Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT) was up on Friday's session, gaining 11.06 percent to $29.12 after the company's earnings report and guidance impressed the street.
Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) was up as well, gaining 6.74 percent to $32.48 as the company beat strongly on its top and bottom lines before the market opening Friday.
Shares of Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) were up too, gaining 6.49 percent to $220.04 after the company beat on top and bottom lines, while pleasing the street in its first quarter conference call.
Equities Trading DOWN
Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) lead the way on the downside Friday, plummeting 61.13 percent to $6.76 after the company received a recommendation to halt its Vintafolide trial.
ServiceSource (NASDAQ: SREV) shares were also down, falling 32.48 percent to $4.22 as the company missed on earnings and caught a downgrade from CLSA from Buy to Underperform.
The Mantowoc Company (NYSE: MTW) was down as well, dropping 10.13 percent to $29.01 after the company missed on both top and bottom lines in its first quarter report.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.35 percent to $99.77, while gold traded up 1.11 percent to $1,297.40.
Silver traded up 2.30 percent Friday to $19.48, while copper rose 1.56 percent to $3.07.
European markets were moderately higher with the exception of France's CAC 40, which lost 0.37 percent.
The UK's FTSE was up 0.03 percent and the eurozone's STOXX600 gained 0.01 percent.
Italy's MIB was up 0.44 percent and the Spanish IBEX gained 0.13 percent.
Private sector payrolls came in at 273K, beating the expected 215K and the prior revised figure of 203K.
Manufacturing payrolls beat as well, coming in at 12.0K, above the consensus estimate of 8.0K and the prior figure of 7.0K. This lead the unemployment level to drop to 6.3 percent, well below the expected level of 6.6 percent and the prior report of 6.7 percent respectively.
Finally, factory orders came in up 1.1 percent, below the expected gain of 1.5 percent and the prior reading of 1.6 percent.
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