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Mid-Day Market Update: Sonic Gains Following Acquisition News; Opiant Pharmaceuticals Shares Plummet

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Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.11 percent to 26,591.20 while the NASDAQ declined 0.01 percent to 7,992.62. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.04 percent to 2,920.51.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Tuesday, the energy shares rose 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) up 11 percent, and NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) up 7 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 0.86 percent.

Top Headline

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE: FDS reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

FactSet Research posted Q4 adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share on sales of $345.861 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $2.21 per share on sales of $346.51 million.

Equities Trading UP

Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC) shares shot up 19 percent to $43.365. Sonic reached an agreement to sell itself to Inspire Brands for $2.3 billion, or $43.50 per share.

Shares of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO) got a boost, shooting up 26 percent to $34.80 after the company reported merger with WeddingWire at $35 per share in cash.

Jaguar Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAGX) shares were also up, gaining 108 percent to $1.35 after reporting a distribution, license and supply agreement with Knight therapeutics for Mytesi.

Equities Trading DOWN

TG Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares dropped 35 percent to $5.975 after the company issued an update regarding UNITY-CLL Phase 3 trial. The independent Data Safety Monitoring Board advised the company that interim analysis of overall response rate could not be conducted, as data were not sufficiently mature to conduct analysis.

Shares of Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPNT) were down 18 percent to $17.38. Opiant Pharmaceuticals priced its 705,882 share common stock offering at $17 per share.

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAEX) was down, falling around 42 percent to $16.5323 after jumping 284.34 percent on Monday.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.54 percent to $72.47 while gold traded up 0.25 percent to $1,207.40.

Silver traded up 1.46 percent Tuesday to $14.55, while copper rose 0.16 to $2.8405.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.33 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.14 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 1.2 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.05 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.08 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.58 percent.

Economics

The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day policy meeting.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City home price index increased 5.9 percent year-over-year for July, versus a revised 6.4 percent gain in June.

The Conference Board consumer confidence index rose to 138.4 for September.

The Richmond Fed manufacturing index declined to 22.00 in September, versus prior reading of 24.00.

The Treasury will auction 5-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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