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Mid-Day Market Update: Buckeye Partners Rises On Acquisition News; Transenterix Shares Drop


Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.56 percent to 25,683.90 while the NASDAQ declined 0.9 percent to 7,839.65. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.57 percent to 2,854.45.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Friday, the utilities shares rose by 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included RGC Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO) up 4 percent, and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE) up 3 percent.

In trading on Friday, information technology shares fell 1.2 percent.

Top Headline

Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ: MAR) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed views.

Earnings came in at $1.41 per share, beating estimates of $1.34 per share. Sales came in at $5.012 billion, versus estimates of $5.11 billion.

Marriott expects Q2 earnings of $1.52 to $1.58 per share and gross fee sales of $990 million to $1.01 billion. The company projects FY19 earnings of $5.97 to $6.19 per share on gross fee sales of $3.845 billion to $3.925 billion.


Equities Trading UP

Genetic Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: GENE) shares got a boost, shooting up 56 percent to $1.10 after the company announced the successful completion of two new groundbreaking genetic risk tests for colorectal cancer and breast cancer.

Shares of Jiayin Group Inc (NASDAQ: JFIN) shot up 36 percent to $14.23. Jiayin Group priced its 3.5 million ADS IPO at $10.50 per ADS.

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL) shares were also up, gaining 28 percent to $41.82 after the company announced it will be acquired by IFM Investors for $41.50 per unit.

Equities Trading DOWN

Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) shares dropped 37 percent to $19.00 after the company reported Q1 Nerlynx sales decline from last quarter due to an increase in patients discontinuing treatment. Cantor Fitzgerald downgraded Puma Biotechnology from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the price target from $57 to $20.

Shares of Transenterix Inc (NYSE: TRXC) were down 38 percent to $1.2965 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q1 EPS and sales results.

Qurate Retail Inc (NASDAQ: QRTEA) was down, falling around 31 percent to $11.42 after the company reported Q1 EPS and sales down from last year.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.4 percent to $61.97 while gold traded up 0.3 percent to $1,288.60.

Silver traded up 0.1 percent Friday to $14.785, while copper fell 0.2 percent to $2.767.



European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.32 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.25 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.28 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.72 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.27 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.06 percent.


The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent for April, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4 percent increase.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The U.S. Treasury budget report for April will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.


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