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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Drop; Alcoa Q4 Earnings Miss Estimates


Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.32 percent to 16,392.35 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.18 percent to 4,148.76. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.19 percent to 1,834.57.

Top Headline
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) reported a loss in the fourth quarter on Thursday. Alcoa posted a quarterly loss of $2.34 billion, or $2.19 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $242 million, or $0.21 per share. Excluding one-time items, it earned $0.04 per share. Its revenue dropped 5% to $5.59 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $5.36 billion. Equities Trading UP
Shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ICPT) got a boost, shooting up 47.72 percent to $407.52. Citigroup lifted the price target on the stock from $60.00 to $400.00, while Bank of America raised the price target from $81.00 to $872.00.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) shot up 12.35 percent to $37.31 after the company lifted its adjusted earnings guidance for the year.

Francesca's Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) was also up, gaining 16.32 percent to $21.03 after the company narrowed its Q4 revenue forecast to $93 million to $95 million from $90 million to $95 million. It projects earnings of $0.27 to $0.29 per share, versus its earlier forecast of $0.25 to $0.29 per share.

Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) were down 15.40 percent to $5.99 after the company announced a tentative date of the FDA advisory committee review of AFREZZA.

Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) tumbled 14.18 percent to $7.08 as the US District Court in the Northern District of California ruled against the company's acquisition of PowerReviews. Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) was down, falling 14.87 percent to $36.24 after the company reported a 7.4% drop in same-store sales at Kmart and Sears for the nine-week period ended January 6. The department store expected to post a loss for the fourth quarter and full year.

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.13 percent to $92.70, while gold traded up 1.04 percent to $1,242.20. Silver traded up 1.97 percent Friday to $20.07, while copper rose 1.18 percent to $3.34.

Euro zone
European shares were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.59 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index surged 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 0.50 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 0.66 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.82 percent.

The US economy added 74,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate declined to 6.7% from 7.0%. However, economists were projecting an addition of 197,000 jobs and unemployment rate to remain steady at 7.0% in the month. US wholesale inventories rose 0.50% in November, versus economists' expectations for a 0.40% gain.


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