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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Higher; Adobe Issues Weak Q2 Outlook


Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.06 percent to 25,693.90 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.64 percent to 7,679.83. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.25 percent to 2,815.58.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the information technology shares climbed 0.9 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) up 27 percent, and Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO) up 10 percent.

In trading on Friday, communication services shares fell 0.5 percent.

Top Headline

Adobe Inc (NASDAQ: ADBE) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings outlook for the second quarter.

Adobe reported first quarter earnings of $1.71 per share, beating by a dime the Street estimate of $1.61 per share. The company beat revenue estimates for the 11th straight quarter, coming in at $2.6 billion, slightly ahead of the consensus forecast of $2.55 billion.

Adobe said it sees adjusted second quarter earnings of $1.77 and fiscal 2019 adjusted earnings per share of $7.80. Analysts project Q2 earnings of $1.88 per share and FY19 earnings of $7.77 per share.


Equities Trading UP

Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ACHV) shares got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $3.43 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected Q4 loss.

Shares of Restoration Robotics Inc (NASDAQ: HAIR) shot up 35 percent to $1.12 after the company announced a merger agreement with Venus Concept. The company also reported better-than-expected Q4 sales.

Soleno Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SLNO) shares were also up, gaining 210 percent to $4.19 after the company received positive feedback from the Data Safety Monitoring Board, and recommended that the company should continue in its Phase 3 trials for Prader-Willi Syndrome patients.

Equities Trading DOWN

Ra Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: RMED) shares dropped 30 percent to $4.60 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

Shares of Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN) were down 26 percent to $1.11 after the company priced 7.27 million share common stock offering at $1.10 per share.

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) was down, falling around 20 percent to $1.9901 after the company reported weak Q4 results.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.7 percent to $58.18 while gold traded up 0.6 percent to $1,302.20.

Silver traded up 1.1 percent Friday to $15.335, while copper rose 0.1 percent to $2.895.



European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.6 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.9 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 1 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.9 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.6 percent.


The Empire State manufacturing index declined to 3.7 in March, compared to 8.8 in the previous month. Economists were expecting a reading of 10.

U.S. industrial production rose 0.1 percent for February, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4 percent increase.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 97.8 for March, compared to 98.3 in the previous month. However, economists projected a 95 reading.

Job openings increased to 7.58 million in January, from 7.33 million, the Labor Department reported.

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


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