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Dow Tumbles More Than 300 Points, Its Worst Day Of 2014

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Dow Tumbles More Than 300 Points, Its Worst Day Of 2014
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Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 1.86 percent to 16,011.21 while the Nasdaq tumbled 1.44 percent to 4,166.12. The S&P also fell, dropping 1.77 percent to 1,844.43.

Leading And Lagging Sectors

Non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares dropped by just 1.2 percent on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Penford (NASDAQ: PENX), Cadiz (NASDAQ: CDZI), and Oil-Dri Corp. of America (NYSE: ODC).

In trading on Wednesday, financial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 2.39 percent. Top losers in the sector included Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. (NYSE: ITUB), down 7.6 percent, and KeyCorp. (NYSE: KEY), off 8.6 percent.

Top Headline

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank posted quarterly net income of $168 million, down from $2.497 billion, in the year-ago period. On a per share basis, the bank posted a loss of $0.01, versus a year-ago profit of $0.20. The results included a pretax charge of $5.3 billion related to DoJ Settlement, which impacted earnings by $0.43 per share.

Its revenue declined to $21.434 billion versus $21.743 billion, while revenue, net of interest expense, on an FTE basis, excluding DVA, rose 1 percent to $21.2 billion from $21.0 billion. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.09 per share on revenue of $21.34 billion.

Equities Trading UP

CSR plc (NASDAQ: CSRE) shares shot up 28.87 percent to $54.06 after Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced its plans to acquire CSR for $2.5 billion.

Shares of Penford (NASDAQ: PENX) got a boost, shooting up 70.52 percent to $18.74 after Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) announced its plans to buy Penford for about $340 million.

Diodes (NASDAQ: DIOD) shares were also up, gaining 6.38 percent to $22.83. Raymond James upgraded Diodes from Outperform to Strong Buy.

Equities Trading DOWN

Shares of Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) were down 21.47 percent to $192.05 as AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) said it will reconsider its merger agreement due to proposed changes in tax regulations.

iGATE (NASDAQ: IGTE) shares tumbled 5.41 percent to $32.88 on Q3 results. The company reported a quarterly profit of $37.3 million, versus a year-ago profit of $31.9 million.

KeyCorp. (NYSE: KEY) was down, falling 7.84 percent to $11.88 after the company reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter results.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.11 percent to $81.75, while gold traded up 0.87 percent to $1,245.00.

Silver traded up 0.90 percent Wednesday to $17.56, while copper fell 2.53 percent to $3.01.

Eurozone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 3.17 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 3.73 percent, and Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 4.44 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX declined 2.85 percent and the French CAC 40 tumbled 3.63 percent, while U.K. shares fell 2.78 percent.

Economics

The producer price index fell 0.1% in September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent gain.

U.S. retail sales declined 0.3 percent in September versus economists’ expectations for a 0.3 percent fall.

The Empire State manufacturing index dropped to 6.2 in October, versus 27.5 in the previous month.

U.S. business inventories rose 0.20 percent in August, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.40 percent gain.

The Federal Reserve will release its latest Beige Book report at 2:00 p.m.

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