Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Icahn Enterprises Increases Bid For Pep Boys
Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.94 percent to 17,692.76 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.83 percent to 5,082.67. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.84 percent to 2,073.75.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.4 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1.4 percent, and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 0.6 percent.
Equities Trading UP
Triumph Group Inc (NYSE: TGI) shares shot up 9 percent to $37.71 after the company named Daniel J. Crowley as President and CEO, effective January 4.
Shares of Pep Boys-Manny Moe and Jack (NYSE: PBY) got a boost, shooting up 8 percent to $18.72 after Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ: IEP) lifted its offer to acquire Pep Boys to $18.50 per share in cash.
Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ: CMRX) shares were also up, gaining 7 percent to $7.10 after dipping 81.39 percent on Monday. Analysts at JP Morgan downgraded Chimerix from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the price target from $65 to $15. Barclays maintained an Overweight rating on Chimerix, while lowering the price target from $65 to $12.
Equities Trading DOWN
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: AVXL) shares dropped 20 percent to $5.65 after the company reported FY15 results. The company posted a net loss of $12.1 million, or $0.65 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $10.0 million, or $1.02 per share.
Shares of Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) were down 5 percent to $1.32 after the company reported that it has secured $20.5 million funding commitment in senior convertible notes.
Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW) was down, falling around 5 percent to $48.29. Calavo Growers reported Q4 earnings of $0.28 per share on revenue of $208 million.
In commodity news, oil traded up 2.36 percent to $37.68, while gold traded up 0.22 percent to $1,070.60.
Silver traded up 0.91 percent Tuesday to $14.01, while copper rose 2.65 percent to $2.13.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 1.10 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.24 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index gained 1.42 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 1.70 percent, and the French CAC 40 surged 1.64 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.53 percent.
The U.S. goods trade deficit came in at $60.5 billion in November, versus economists' estimates of $60.90 billion. Exports of goods declined to $121 billion, while imports slipped to $181.5 billion in the month.
The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index gained 0.1 percent in October.
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 96.50 in December, versus a prior reading of 90.40. However, economists were expecting a reading of 93.60.
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