Market Overview

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Up 2%; Amyris Shares Surge Following Q4 Results


Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.57 percent to 25,016.36 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.15 percent to 7,492.69. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.39 percent to 2,758.10.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday afternoon, the energy shares gained 1.15 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL), up 6 percent, and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE: NSH), up 6 percent.

In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 0.15 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK), down 9 percent, and Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: BITA) down 10 percent.

Top Headline

Buckle Inc (NYSE: BKE) reporting better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

The company earned $0.87 per share on revenue of $281.2 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.72 per share on revenue of $279.5 million.

Equities Trading UP

Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS) shares shot up 21 percent to $6.73 after the company reported strong fourth-quarter results. Adjusted earnings came in at 61 cents per share, on sales of $81 million.

Shares of Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) got a boost, shooting up 21 percent to $11.11 after reporting fourth quarter earnings of 33 cents per share, up from a loss of 20 cents in the same quarter of last year. Sales came in at $3.2 million, up from $2.2 million a year prior.

Teligent, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLGT) shares were also up, gaining 23 percent to $3.05. Teligent reported a Q4 loss of $0.11 per share on sales of $16.101 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Purple Innovation, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPL) shares dropped 25 percent to $9.87 after a report that CEO Sam Bernards stepped down. Co-Founder and Chair Terry Pearce was named interim replacement. Purple Innovation reported a Q4 loss of $2 million on sales of $63 million.

Shares of Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXXI) were down 25 percent to $4.04. Energy XXI Gulf Coast reported Q4 loss of $6.47 per share on revenue of $93.8 million.

Synacor, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNC) was down, falling around 12 percent to $1.80 following Q4 sales miss and weak FY18 sales forecast.


In commodity news, oil traded up 2 percent to $62.42 while gold traded down 0.28 percent to $1,314.10.

Silver traded down 0.80 percent Friday to $16.29, while copper fell 0.64 percent to $3.1075.


European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.23 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.76 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.75 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.51 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.29 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.34 percent.


Housing starts fell 7 percent to an annual rate of 1.24 million in February, versus a revised 1.33 million in January. Economists projected starts to reach 1.29 million last month.

Industrial production rose 1.1 percent for February, beating economists’ expectations for a 0.3 percent gain.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index increased to 102 in March, versus a reading of 99.7 in February.

The number of job openings rose to 6.31 million in January.

The total number of active U.S. oil rigs rose by 4 to 800 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported.


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