Market Overview

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Carolina Trust BancShares Rises On Acquisition News; Callon Petroleum Shares Tumble


Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.04% to 27320.89 while the NASDAQ rose 0.09% to 8251.34. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.07% to 3,011.56.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares rose 0.4% on Monday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ellomay Capital Ltd. (NYSE: ELLO), up 4%, and Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL (NYSE: ELP), up 2%.

In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 0.9%.

Top Headline

Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

Citigroup posted quarterly earnings of $1.95 per share on revenue of $18.76 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.82 per share on revenue of $18.49 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares shot up 156% to $8.23 after the company announced its interim analysis in the HOPE-2 trial to treat patients with duchenne muscular dystrophy showed statistically significant results.

Shares of Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CART) got a boost, shooting up 31% to $10.00. Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO) announced plans to acquire Carolina Trust BancShares.

Galapagos NV (NASDAQ: GLPG) shares were also up, gaining 17% to $170.75 after the company announced it has entered into a research and development collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD). Gilead said it will make a $3.95-billion upfront payment and $1.1-billion equity investment in the Belgian pharmaceutical company, according to a Sunday press release.Galapagos intends to use the proceeds to expand its research and development programs.

Equities Trading DOWN

Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) shares tumbled 16% to $5.39 after the company announced it will acquire Carrizo Oil & Gas for $3.2 billion.

Shares of ShiftPixy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PIXY) were down 17% to $0.6092 after the company postponed its Q3 earnings to an undisclosed date.

YogaWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOGA) was down, falling 32% to $0.44 after the company announced it will delist its shares from Nasdaq.


In commodity news, oil traded down 1.3% to $59.42, while gold traded up 0.1% to $1,412.40.

Silver traded up 0.9% Monday to $15.365, while copper rose 0.7% to $2.714.

Euro zone

European shares closed higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.23%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.33%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.02%. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.52%, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.1% while UK shares rose 0.34%.


The Empire State manufacturing index rose 12.9 points to 4.3 in July. However, economists were projecting a reading of 0.5.


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