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Mid-Day Market Update: Interxion Surges On Merger Agreement With TelecityGroup; Marketo Shares Slide

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Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.28 percent to 17,818.38 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.22 percent to 4,798.21. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.16 percent to 2,065.20.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.41 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Sangamo Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO), up 14.6 percent, and Team Health Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TMH), up 11.8 percent.

Energy shares fell by 1.21 percent on Wednesday. Top losers in the sector included Key Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: KEG), down 6.7 percent, Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ: LINE), off 6.9 percent.

Top Headline

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter and lifted its annual dividend by 7.3 percent.

The Purchase, New York-based company reported a quarterly profit of $1.31 billion, versus a year-ago profit of $1.74 billion. On a per-share basis, earnings shrank to $0.87 from $1.12. Excluding items, the company earned $1.12 per share.

Its revenue dropped 1% to $19.95 billion, while organic revenue gained 5%. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.08 per share on revenue of $19.66 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP) shares shot up 47.63 percent to $2.50 on announcement of deal with Volkswagen and Audi.
Shares of Euronet Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT) got a boost, shooting up 11.73 percent to $52.75 after the company reported better-than-expected Q4 results.

Interxion Holding NV (NYSE: INXN) shares were also up, gaining 16.23 percent to $32.54 after the company reached a merger agreement with TelecityGroup.

Equities Trading DOWN

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) shares tumbled 24.57 percent to $12.80 after the company lowered its outlook for the fiscal year. The company named Laura A. Coffey as Executive Vice President -- Interim Chief Financial Officer.

Shares of Marketo, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTO) were down 15.55 percent to $29.88 after the company reported an adjusted loss of $0.18 per share for the fourth quarter and issued a downbeat outlook. Wells Fargo downgraded Marketo from Outperform to Market Perform.

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) was down, falling 11.33 percent to $39.75 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ estimates.


In commodity news, oil traded down 2.52 percent to $48.76, while gold traded down 0.75 percent to $1,222.90.

Silver traded down 0.49 percent Wednesday to $16.79, while copper fell 0.37 percent to $2.54.

Euro zone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.36 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index slipped 1.36 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.81 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.01 percent, and the French CAC 40 tumbled 0.48 percent while UK shares fell 0.37 percent.


Crude inventories gained 4.9 million barrels in the week ended February 6, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. However, analysts were expecting a rise of 3.4 million barrels. Gasoline supplies surged 2 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles slipped 3.3 million barrels.

The U.S. Treasury monthly budget report for January will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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