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Mid-Day Market Update: NASDAQ Up Over 1%; Obalon Therapeutics Shares Plummet


Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.34 percent to 26,267.69 while the NASDAQ gained 1.06 percent to 7,931.68. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.62 percent to 2,884.88.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Wednesday, the materials shares rose 1.6 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (NYSE: ACH) up 7 percent, and Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL) up 5 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, consumer staples shares fell 0.2 percent.

Top Headline

Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Signet reported quarterly earnings of $3.96 per share on sales of $2.155 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $3.82 per share on sales of $2.14 billion. Its same-store sales fell 2 percent during the quarter.

Signet Jewelers said it expects FY20 adjusted earnings of $2.87 to $3.45 per share, on sales of $6.0 billion to $6.1 billion.


Equities Trading UP

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTT) shares got a boost, shooting up 157 percent to $12.83 after the company announced it won a contract with a leading oil and gas operator for a 12-week paid feasibility study. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Shares of DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shot up 20 percent to $60.75 after the company raised Q1 sales outlook.

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.4150 after the company announced achievement of an enrollment milestone in its phase 2 trials for C3 Glomerulopathy. The company enrolled 23 patients.

Equities Trading DOWN

Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS) shares dropped 30 percent to $4.13 after the company reported a 2.5 million common shares offering at $4 per share.

Shares of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) were down 34 percent to $0.3113 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q4 sales and Q4 EPS of $(1.35).

Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) was down, falling around 37 percent to $0.9200 after the company announced an organizational restructuring that will reduce its workforce by 50 percent.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.7 percent to $62.14 while gold traded down 0.1 percent to $1,294.00.

Silver traded down 0.1 percent Wednesday to $15.08, while copper rose 1.2 percent to $2.9415.



European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.96 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.26 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 1.01 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 1.73 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.8 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.37 percent.


Private-sector employers added 129,000 jobs in March, the ADP reported. However, economists were expecting a gain of 184,000 jobs.

The final reading of services Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 55.3 in March, versus a preliminary reading of 54.8.

The ISM's non-manufacturing index declined to 56.1 in March, compared to 59.7 in February.

U.S. crude stocks increased 7.238 million barrels in the week ended March 29, the Energy Information Administration said. However, analysts projected a fall of 100,000 barrels. Gasoline inventories dropped 1.781 million barrels last week, while distillates slipped 1.998 million barrels.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will speak in Fargo, North Dakota at 5:00 p.m. ET.


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