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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Plantronics Rises After Strong Q2 Results; Frontier Communications Shares Plummet


Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.12 percent to 23,405.70 while the NASDAQ declined 0.31 percent to 6,706.81. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.12 percent to 2,578.26.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares climbed by 0.85 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG), up 18 percent, and McDermott International Inc (NYSE: MDR), up 8 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and RGC Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO) down 3 percent.

Top Headline

Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE: EL) reported upbeat results for its third quarter and raised its FY guidance.

Estee Lauder reported Q3 earnings of $1.14 per share on revenue of $3.27 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.97 per share on sales of $3.17 billion.

Estee Lauder now expects FY18 adjusted earnings of $4.04 to $4.12 per share, versus earlier forecast of $3.87 to $3.94 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG) shares shot up 18 percent to $5.82 following Q3 results. Bill Barrett reported a Q3 loss of $28.8 million.

Shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ: BGFV) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $7.20 after the company posted Q3 results. Big 5 Sporting Goods reported Q3 earnings of $0.28 per share on revenue of $270.5 million. The company expects Q4 earnings of $0.16 to $0.28 per share.

Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $52.35 after the company reported upbeat Q2 results. Plantronics expects Q3 earnings of $0.75 to $0.85 per share, on sales of $215 million to $225 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) shares dropped 33 percent to $28.75 after the company reported third-quarter adjusted EPS that was down significantly year over year and announced plans to review strategic alternatives.

Shares of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) were down 23 percent to $9.55 as the company reported downbeat quarterly results.

Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR) was down, falling around 24 percent to $9.23. Frontier Communications reported a Q3 loss of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.25 billion.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.06 percent to $54.35 while gold traded up 0.60 percent to $1,278.10.

Silver traded up 2.62 percent Wednesday to $17.13, while copper rose 1.29 percent to $3.141.


European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.45 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.01 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.95 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 1.81 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.30 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.07 percent.


Private-sector employers added 235,000 jobs in October, ADP reported Wednesday. However, economists were expecting a gain of 200,000 jobs.

The Markit manufacturing PMI rose to 54.60 for October, versus previous reading of 54.50. However, economists were projecting a reading of 54.50.

The ISM manufacturing index dropped to 58.7 in October, versus prior reading of 60.8. However, economists expected a reading of 59.5.

U.S. construction spending rose 0.3 percent for September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent decline.

Domestic crude supplies declined 2.44 million barrels for the week ended October 27, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a drop of 1.76 million barrels. Gasoline stockpiles slipped 4.02 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles declined 320,000 barrels for the week.


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