Market Overview

Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Lower; Ensco To Buy Atwood Oceanics


Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.20 percent to 21,038.48 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.01 percent to 6,210.97. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.13 percent to 2,412.63.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: LPL), 21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ: VNET), and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU).

In trading on Tuesday, energy shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Pioneer Energy Services Corp (NYSE: PES), down 7 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

Top Headline

ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV) announced plans to buy Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) in an all-stock deal.

Under the terms of the deal, Atwood shareholders will receive 1.60 shares of Ensco for each Atwood share. The transaction values each Atwood share at $10.72 per share.

Equities Trading UP

China New Borun Corp (NYSE: BORN) shares shot up 33 percent to $1.64 after the company reported Q1 unaudited financial results. The company’s net income climbed 77.9 percent to RMB44.9 million ($6.5 million), while total revenue rose 6.0 percent to RMB515.9 million ($74.8 million)/

Shares of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) got a boost, shooting up 26 percent to $10.18 after ENSCO PLC (NYSE: ESV) announced plans to buy the company in an all-stock deal.

Xactly Corp (NASDAQ: XTLY) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $15.52 as the company agreed to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $15.65 per share. Xactly expects Q1 loss of $0.06 per share to $0.05 per share .

Equities Trading DOWN

Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA) shares dropped 7 percent to $60.35. Pacific Crest downgraded Ambarella from Overweight to Sector Weight.

Shares of Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) were down 18 percent to $1.14.

Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL) was down, falling around 7 percent to $7.43. Goldman Sachs downgraded Whiting Petroleum from Neutral to Sell.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.72 percent to $49.44 while gold traded down 0.58 percent to $1,264.00.

Silver traded down 0.42 percent Friday to $17.245, while copper fell 0.33 percent to $2.5575.


European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.18 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.09 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.12 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.05 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.61 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.35 percent.


U.S. personal income gained 0.4 percent in April, while consumer spending also rose 0.4 percent last month.

The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index increased 5.9 percent year-over-year for March, versus economists’ expectations for a 5.8 percent growth.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined to 117.90 in May, versus a prior reading of 120.30. However, economists were expecting a reading of 119.80.

The Dallas Fed general activity index for May will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Treasury will also auction 4-week bills at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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