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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Micron Issues Weak Guidance


Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.18 percent to 26,705.18 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.12 percent to 8,037.96. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.24 percent to 2,937.79.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 1.42 percent.

In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell 0.19 percent.

Top Headline

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued weak guidance for its current quarter.

Adjusted earnings came in at $3.53, beating estimates by 19 cents. Sales came in at $8.44 billion, beating estimates by $190 million. Micron expects Q1 earnings of $2.88 to $3.02 per share, on sales of $7.9 billion to $8.3 billion. The company expects near-term margins to take a hit as a result of CPU shortages, tariffs and inventory adjustments. Analysts project Q1 earnings of $3.06 per share on sales of $8.44 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) shares shot up 17 percent to $18.85 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company issued strong Q3 and FY19 earnings guidance.

Shares of Mazor Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ: MZOR) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $58.13 after Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) announced a deal to buy Mazor Robotics for $58.59 per ADS, or $29.25 per ordinary share, in cash for a total value of $1.64 billion, or $1.34 billion, net of Medtronic's existing stake in Mazor and cash acquired.

India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC) shares were also up, gaining 42 percent to $3.05 after surging 27.22 percent on Thursday.

Equities Trading DOWN

GTx, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTXI) shares dropped 91 percent to $2.06 after top-line results from the company's ASTRID trial of Enobosarm for women with stress urinary incontinence did not achieve statistical significance in its primary endpoint.

Shares of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) were down 15 percent to $28.82 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTNP) was down, falling around 56 percent to $0.22. Titan Pharma priced its underwritten public offering, with the offering expected to generate gross proceeds of $9.5 million.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.75 percent to $70.85 while gold traded down 0.21 percent to $1,208.70.

Silver traded up 0.84 percent Friday to $14.425, while copper rose 2.04 to $2.796.


European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.31 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.04 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.65 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 0.46 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.56 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.99 percent.


The Markit services PMI declined to 52.90 for September, versus prior reading of 54.80. However, economists were expecting a reading of 55.00. Markit manufacturing PMI rose to 55.60 for September, versus previous reading of 54.70. Economists expected a reading of 55.00.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the recent week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.


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