Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Fitbit Drops On Weak Forecast; MRC Global Shares Surge
Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 1.02 percent to 16,451.02 while the NASDAQ slipped 1.13 percent to 4,518.75. The S&P also fell, dropping 1.02 percent to 1,925.57.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Tuesday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares slipped by just 0.08 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX), Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ: TXRH), and Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS).
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares dropped by 2.87 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT), down 15 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 13 percent.
Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
Home Depot said it earned $1.17 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $20.98 billion. Wall Street analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.10 per share on revenue of $20.39 billion.
Comparable store sales for the quarter were +7.1 percent. Home Depot's Board of Directors also authorized a 17 percent increase to its quarterly dividend and investors will receive $0.69 per share.
Looking forward to fiscal 2016, Home Depot expects to earn $6.12 to $6.18 per share on revenue of $88.084 billion to $88.838 billion. Wall Street analysts were already estimating the company to earn $6.16 per share on revenue of $93.12 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Shares of Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LNTH) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.31 after the company reported better-than-expected Q4 earnings.
MRC Global Inc (NYSE: MRC) shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $10.58 after the company reported upbeat Q4 earnings.
Equities Trading DOWN
PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) shares dropped 56 percent to $12.55 following announcement of receipt of refuse to file letter from the FDA for Translarna.
Shares of Chegg Inc (NYSE: CHGG) were down 38 percent to $3.32. Chegg reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, but the company missed analysts' sales estimates. The company also issued a weak forecast for sales.
Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT) was down, falling around 19 percent to $13.35. Fitbit reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Monday, but the company issued a weak profit forecast for the current quarter.
In commodity news, oil traded down 4.85 percent to $31.77, while gold traded up 1.16 percent to $1,224.10.
Silver traded up 0.52 percent Tuesday to $15.30, while copper fell 0.47 percent to $2.11.
European shares closed lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 dropped 1.22 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index slipped 1.42 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 1.95 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 1.64 percent, and the French CAC 40 declined 1.40 percent, while U.K. shares fell 1.25 percent.
The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index was steady for December. However, home prices adjusted for seasonal variations rose 0.8 percent in December.
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index fell to 92.2 in February, compared to a revised reading of 97.8 in January. However, economists were projecting a reading of 96.9.
Sales of existing homes increased 0.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.47 million in January. However, economists were expecting a 5.30 million rate.
The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index fell to a reading of -4.00 in February, versus a prior reading of 2.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 2.00.
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