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Mid-Day Market Update: Crude Oil Down 3.5%; Canopy Growth Shares Spike Higher


Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 1.04 percent to 25,037.95 while the NASDAQ declined 1.56 percent to 7,748.36. The S&P also fell, dropping 1.11 percent to 2,808.55.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Wednesday, the utilities shares rose 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included TerraForm Power, Inc. (NASDAQ: TERP) up 3 percent, and PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) up 2 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell 3.44 percent.

Top Headline

Macy's (NYSE: M) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

Earnings came in at $0.70 per share, beating estimates of $0.50 per share. Sales came in at $5.572 billion, beating estimates of $5.55 billion. Macy's expects FY18 adjusted earnings of $3.95 to $4.15 per share and total sales to be flat to up 0.7 percent year-over-year.

Equities Trading UP

LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ: LMFA) shares shot up 37 percent to $0.53 after the nano-cap low-float financial services company said it saw a positive net income after $400,000 in accrued expenses were reversed as part of a revised settlement for the Solaris class action litigation.

Shares of Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE: CGC) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $30.40 after the Canadian cannabis company received a $4 billion investment from stake holder Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ). As part of the agreement, Constellation will now own a 38 percent stake on Canopy, which will be better positioned to take advantage of the "tremendous" growth opportunities in the global cannabis market.

Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTIE) shares were also up, gaining 71 percent to $1.90 after the company was awarded a $3.2 million grant to support its clinical study for Alzheimer's treatment.

Equities Trading DOWN

Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares dropped 19 percent to $18.90 after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.

Shares of Casa Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CASA) were down 24 percent to $11.82 after the company missed Q2 sales estimates and issued weak 2018 guidance.

ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRKR) was down, falling around 30 percent to $0.41 after the company missed Q2 sales estimates.


In commodity news, oil traded down 3.5 percent to $64.67 while gold traded down 1.27 percent to $1,185.40.

Silver traded down 4.54 percent Wednesday to $14.37, while copper fell 4.49 to $2.5615.


European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 1.56 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.71 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.30 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX fell 1.79 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 2 percent while U.K. shares fell 1.72 percent.


U.S. retail sales rose 0.5 percent for July, beating market expectations for a 0.1 percent increase.

The NYSE: Empire State manufacturing index increased 3 points to a reading of 25.6 in August. However, economists were projecting a reading of 20.

U.S. nonfarm productivity rose to a 2.9 percent annual pace for the second quarter.

U.S. industrial production gained 0.1 percent for July.

The NAHB housing market index declined one point to a reading of 67 in August.

U.S. business inventories increased 0.1 percent for June, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.2 percent gain.

U.S. crude inventories increased 6.8 million barrels for the week ended August 10, the Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts expected a drop of 2.4 million barrels.

The Treasury International Capital report for June will be released at 4:00 p.m. ET.


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