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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Down 140 Points; Signet Jewelers Shares Jump On Earnings Beat

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.54 percent to 25,985.42 while the NASDAQ declined 0.12 percent to 8,099.72. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.41 percent to 2,902.11.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Thursday afternoon, the information technology shares rose 0.34 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) up 12 percent, and Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) up 13 percent.

In trading on Thursday, materials shares fell 0.93 percent.

Top Headline

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter.

Dollar General posted quarterly earnings of $1.52 per share on revenue of $6.443 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.49 per share on revenue of $6.37 billion. Its same-store sales increased 3.7 percent in the quarter. Dollar General’s gross margin declined 7 basis points.

 

Equities Trading UP

Reis Inc (NASDAQ: REIS) shares shot up 32 percent to $23.00 after Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) reported a deal to buy the company for $23 per share in cash.

Shares of K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) got a boost, shooting up 26 percent to $27.405 after the company agreed to be purchased by Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) at $27.50 per share in cash.

Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $69.07 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter and raised its FY19 forecast.

Equities Trading DOWN

Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) shares dropped 17 percent to $9.51 after reporting Q2 results.

Shares of Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) were down 15 percent to $7.45 after the company reported preliminary results for its fourth quarter.

Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) was down, falling around 14 percent to $76.46 after the company reported downbeat Q2 earnings and issued Q3 EPS guidance below consensus.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.06 percent to $70.25 while gold traded down 0.56 percent to $1,204.70.

Silver traded down 1.52 percent Thursday to $14.585, while copper fell 0.68 to $2.718.

Eurozone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.32 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.06 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 1.28 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.54 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.42 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.62 percent.

Economics

U.S. initial jobless claims increased 3,000 to 213,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting a reading of 214,000.

U.S. consumer spending rose 0.4 percent for July, while personal income increased 0.3 percent.

Domestic supplies of natural gas climbed 70 billion cubic feet for the week ended August 24, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a gain of 64 billion cubic feet.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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