Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Down 1.5%; M/I Homes Shares Spike Higher

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.57 percent to 25,382.59 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.61 percent to 7,392.57. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.32 percent to 2,733.60.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday afternoon, the information technology shares climbed 0.4 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allot Ltd ALLT up 9 percent, and Vishay Intertechnology VSH up 8 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.6 percent.

Top Headline

Archer Daniels Midland Co ADM reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Archer Daniels delivered earnings of $0.88 per share, missing estimates of $0.93 per share. The company’s revenue came in at $15.95 billion, versus estimates of $16.81 billion. Archer Daniels Midland raised its quarterly dividend from $0.335 to $0.35 per share.


Equities Trading UP

Amyris, Inc. AMRS shares got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $4.42 after the company announced a $255 million cannabinoid development, licensing, and commercialization agreement.

Shares of Mueller Industries, Inc. MLI shot up 12 percent to $30.19 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

M/I Homes, Inc. MHO shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $29.28 following stronger-than-expected Q4 earnings.

Equities Trading DOWN

Opko Health Inc. OPK shares dropped 19 percent to $2.84 after the company announced a proposed offering of $200 million in convertible senior notes.

Shares of BioLineRx Ltd. BLRX were down 40 percent to $0.44 after reporting a proposed underwritten public offering of its American Depositary Shares and warrants.

Control4 Corporation CTRL was down, falling around 18 percent to $17.43 after the company reported Q4 sales of $72.487M versus the $73.16M estimate. The company also reported it sees Q1 EPS of $0.08 to $0.11 versus the $0.22 estimate.


In commodity news, oil traded down 1.7 percent to $53.63 while gold traded down 0.05 percent to $1,318.70.

Silver traded down 0.29 percent Tuesday to $15.84, while copper rose 0.79 percent to $2.8165.



European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 1.41 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index climbed 1.3 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 1.16 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 1.71 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 1.66 percent while U.K. shares rose 2.04 percent.


U.S. Markit composite PMI slipped to 54.40 for January, versus prior reading of 54.50. Economists expected a reading of 54.50. The Markit final services PMI was unchanged at 54.2 in January.

The ISM non-manufacturing composite index dropped to 56.70 in January, versus previous reading of 58.00. However, economists were projecting a reading of 57.20.

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