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Mid-Day Market Update: Crude Oil Down Over 1%; Chico's Shares Spike Higher


Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.40 percent to 16,368.05 while the NASDAQ slipped 0.52 percent to 4,797.52. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.48 percent to 1,951.65.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Monday, utilities shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.15 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), up 8 percent, and Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), up 2 percent.

Telecommunications services shares tumbled by 1.13 percent in Monday’s trading. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE: DCM), down 7 percent, and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (ADR) (NYSE: NTT), off 5 percent.

Top Headline

Solera Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLH) agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of Vista Equity Partners for around $3.74 billion in cash.

The offer price of $55.85 per share represents a 13 percent premium over Solera’s closing price of $49.45 on Friday.

Equities Trading UP

Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ: COLL) shares shot up 39 percent to $18.72 after the company reported that the FDA Advisory Committees have unanimous recommended the approval of Xtampza ER.

Shares of Solera Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLH) got a boost, shooting up 9 percent to $53.79 after the company agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of Vista Equity Partners for around $3.74 billion in cash.

Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $16.61. Chico's FAS is considering a sale of the company, according to sources reported by Bloomberg late Friday. Sycamore Partners is said to be one of the bidders.

Equities Trading DOWN

Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. (NASDAQ: RPTP) shares tumbled 37 percent to $7.57 following news that Phase 2b CyNCh trial did not meet primary endpoint.

Shares of Timkensteel Corp (NYSE: TMST) were down 17 percent to $12.99 after the company issued an updated forecast for the third quarter. Cowen & Company downgraded Timkensteel from Outperform to Market Perform.

Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE: MN) was down, falling 9 percent to $7.55. Analysts at Raymond James downgraded Manning and Napier from Outperform to Market Perform.


In commodity news, oil traded down 1.03 percent to $44.17, while gold traded up 0.27 percent to $1,106.30.

Silver traded down 0.76 percent Monday to $14.40, while copper fell 1.53 percent to $2.42.


European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.26 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.01 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dipped 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.61 percent, and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.08 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.18 percent.


On the economics calendar Monday, there is no important data due out.


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