Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Staples Earnings Miss Views
Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.06 percent to 20,867.22 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.09 percent to 5,842.94. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.12 percent to 2,365.90.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL).
In trading on Thursday, energy shares fell by 0.37 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: FGP), down 4 percent, and CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG), down 4 percent.
Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
Staples reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $5 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) shares shot up 19 percent to $13.27. Comtech reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $139 million.
Shares of e.l.f. Beauty Inc (NYSE: ELF) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $29.11. e.l.f. Beauty reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.14 per share on revenue of $76.4 million. The company also issued a strong FY17 forecast.
VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $1.21. VIVUS reported Q4 earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $81.80 million.
Equities Trading DOWN
Tailored Brands Inc (NYSE: TLRD) shares dropped 30 percent to $16.27 after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its fourth quarter.
Shares of Horizon Global Corp (NYSE: HZN) were down around 13 percent to $14.75. Horizon Global reported a Q4 loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $183.61 million. The company also issued a weak FY17 earnings forecast.
Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) was down, falling around 9 percent to $0.960 after the company reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss.
In commodity news, oil traded down 1.05 percent to $49.75 while gold traded down 0.20 percent to $1,207.00.
Silver traded down 0.13 percent Thursday to $17.28, while copper fell 1.10 percent to $2.57.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.19 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.08 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.08 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.04 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.60 percent.
Initial jobless claims rose 20,000 to 243,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting jobless claims to total 235,000 in the week.
The import price index increased 0.2 percent in February, while export prices increased 0.3 percent in the month.
The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The Treasury is set to auction 30-year bonds at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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