Mid-Day Market Update: Jack in the Box Falls On Weak Results; Ingram Micro Shares Spike Higher
Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.21 percent to 16,419.87 while the NASDAQ dropped 0.76 percent to 4,499.52. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.47 percent to 1,917.74.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Thursday, utilities shares surged by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), up 4 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: HNP) up 4 percent.
In trading on Thursday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), down 17 percent, and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD), down 8 percent.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts' sales estimates. The company also cut its fiscal 2017 sales outlook.
Wal-Mart said it earned $1.49 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $129.7 billion. Wall Street analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.46 per share on revenue of $131 billion. The company reported that on a constant currency basis, total revenue was $134.4 billion, an increase of 2.2%.
Comp sales at Wal-Mart U.S. were higher by 0.6 percent in the quarter, while Neighborhood Market comps rose approximately 7 percent. Wal-Mart International net sales were $32.7 billion
Wal-Mart lowered its fiscal 2017 sales outlook from 3 to 4 percent growth to "relatively flat." The company also guided its full year earnings per share to a range of $4.00 to $4.30 versus a consensus estimate of $4.17 per share.
The reduction in sales growth outlook for this fiscal year to flat from between 3-4 percent to relatively flat. Excluding the impact of the store closures and strengthening U.S. dollar, annual sales growth would have remained in the same 3-4 percent range.
Equities Trading UP
Sunedison Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ: SEMI) shares shot up 55 percent to $5.71 after the company announced plans to evaluate strategic alternatives for the company.
Shares of Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $36.10 after the company agreed to be acquired by China's Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co Ltd for $38.90 per share in cash.
Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ: ROCK) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $25.36 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
Equities Trading DOWN
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares dropped 17 percent to $63.69 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
Shares of Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) were down 9 percent to $132.39 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 earnings.
Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) was down, falling around 13 percent to $127.64 after the company reported downbeat Q4 earnings.
In commodity news, oil traded up 3.42 percent to $31.71, while gold traded up 0.31 percent to $1,215.10.
Silver traded down 0.05 percent Thursday to $15.37, while copper fell 0.38 percent to $2.07.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.40 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.12 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 0.39 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 1.28 percent, and the French CAC 40 surged 0.62 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.81 percent.
New jobless claims declined by 7,000 to 262,000 in the latest week. However, economists were projecting claims to total 275,000 in the week.
The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index increased to negative 2.8 in February, versus a prior reading of negative 3.5. Economists expected a reading of negative 3.
The Consumer Board's leading economic index declined 0.20 percent in January, versus economists' expectations for a 0.20 percent drop.
U.S. crude inventories gained 2.15 million barrels for the week ended February 12, the Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts were estimating an increase of 3.9 million barrels. Gasoline inventories increased 3.04 million barrels, while distillate inventories gained 1.4 million barrels last week.
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