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Mid-Day Market Update: Stitch Fix Jumps Following Strong Q2 Results; Zafgen Shares Plummet


Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.13 percent to 25,616.95 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.46 percent to 7,593.07. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.4 percent to 2,794.34.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Tuesday, the information technology shares rose 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) up 9 percent, and Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE: INS) up 9 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.4 percent.

Top Headline

Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE: DKS) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Dick's Sporting reported quarterly earnings of $1.22 per share on sales of $2.49 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.06 per share on sales of $2.48 billion. Sales declined to $2.49 billion from $2.66 billion, while same-store sales dropped 2.2 percent in the quarter.

For the full year, Dick's expects EPS of $3.15 to $3.35 per share, versus analysts’ estimates of $3.34.


Equities Trading UP

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTT) shares got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $7.24 after signing a Master Service Contract with a leading offshore oil and gas operator.

Shares of Stitch Fix, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFIX) shot up 29 percent to $34.71 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter on Monday.

ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) shares were also up, gaining 28 percent to $2.44 after reporting full-year 2018 earnings of $(2.17), up from $(1.95) in 2017.

Equities Trading DOWN

Zafgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZFGN) shares dropped 35 percent to $3.00 after the company disclosed that it has suspended IND Filing plans for Zgn-1258 based on non clinical finding in long-term toxicology. The company also reported Chief Medical Officer Dennis Kim resigned. A replacement was not mentioned. The company also reported a narrower-than-expected Q4 loss.

Shares of Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI) were down 24 percent to $3.31 after the company reported Q4 EPS of $0.06, down from $0.30 last year. The company also filed a prospectus for the resale, from time to time, of up to 14.4 million of its common stock shares.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE: RRTS) was down, falling around 16 percent to $0.45 after the company reported Q4 EPS of $(1.52), down from $(0.60) last year; the company also reported Q4 sales of $551.5 million, down from $560.4 million last year.


In commodity news, oil traded up 1.1 percent to $57.39 while gold traded up 0.6 percent to $1,298.60.

Silver traded up 1 percent Tuesday to $15.42, while copper rose 1.5 percent to $2.9455.



European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.1 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.03 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.02 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.05 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.1 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.1 percent.


The NFIB small business optimism index increased 0.5 point to a reading of 101.7 in February.

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent for February, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.2 percent increase.

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index fell 0.3 percent during the first week of March versus February.

The Treasury will auction 10-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.


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