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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Tumbles Over 3%; Best Buy Shares Decline


Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.49 percent to 17,342.64 while the NASDAQ slipped 1.24 percent to 4,581.89. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.69 percent to 1,997.34.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares rose by 0.87 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG), up 10.5 percent, and Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF), up 10.8 percent.

Technology shares tumbled by 0.81 percent in the US market on Thursday. Top losers in the sector included BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY), down 19 percent, LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), off 14 percent.

Top Headline

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) reported lower profit in the fourth quarter.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company posted quarterly net income of $3.05 billion, or $0.25 per share, compared to $3.44 billion, or $0.29 per share, in the year-ago quarter. The latest quarter results included three adjustments that lowered EPS by $0.07.

Its revenue dropped 13% to $18.73 billion, while revenue on a tax equivalent basis shrank to $18.96 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.31 per share on revenue of $20.94 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) shares shot up 10.52 percent to $34.85 after the company announced a special cash dividend of $5.77 per share. Pilgrims Pride said in 8-K that it entered into a letter of commitment with Rabobank for up $600 million bridge facility.

Shares of GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: GFIG) got a boost, shooting up 2.39 percent to $5.58. CME Group Inc (NASDAQ: CME) increased its offer for GFI Group from $5.25 to $5.60 per share. However, BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) again raised its all-cash tender offer to acquire GFI Group to $5.85 per share.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares were also up, gaining 8.59 percent to $22.87 after the company posted a strong rise in its fourth-quarter profit.

Equities Trading DOWN

BlackBerry shares tumbled 19.77 percent to $10.11 on Samsung denial of acquisition interest. Shares of BlackBerry jumped more than 29% yesterday, following a report from Reuters, that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (OTC: SSNLF) had approached the Canadian handset maker with a takeover bid. However, BlackBerry denied talking with Samsung regarding a takeover deal.

Shares of Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) were down 11.45 percent to $35.34 on holiday sales data and weak guidance. Best Buy reported that its domestic comparable-store sales for the nine weeks ended January 3, 2015 rose 2.6%, an improvement from the 0.9% decline the company saw in the same period a year ago.

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) was down, falling 53.37 percent to $9.70 after the company reported preliminary Q4 and FY14 results. eHealth reported preliminary FY14 EPS of $(0.13) to (0.04), versus analysts' estimates of $0.05 per share.


In commodity news, oil traded down 3.16 percent to $46.95, while gold traded up 2.47 percent to $1,265.00.

Silver traded up 0.84 percent Thursday to $17.13, while copper rose 2.16 percent to $2.56.


European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 2.58 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.39 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 2.36 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 2.20 percent, and the French CAC 40 jumped 2.37 percent while UK shares gained 1.73 percent.


US jobless claims rose 19,000 to 316,000 in the week ended January 10. However, economists were expecting claims to reach 299,000 in the week.

The producer price index dropped 0.3% in December, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4% decline.

The Empire State manufacturing index jumped to 9.95 in January, versus negative 1.23 in December. However, economists were expecting a reading of 5.00.

The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index declined to 6.3 in January, from 24.3 in December. However, economists were expecting a reading of 18.7.

Natural-gas supplies slipped 236 billion cubic feet for the week ended January 9, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, analysts were estimating a drop of 224 bcf to 228 bcf for the week.

Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.


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