Mid-Day Market Update: First Solar Falls On Downbeat Results; Anika Therapeutics Shares Jump
Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.26 percent to 16,221.21 while the NASDAQ surged 0.55 percent to 4,311.27. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.26 percent to 1,849.83.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Cyclical consumer goods & services stocks gained 1.05 percent Wednesday, with JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK) leading advancers after the company reported Q4 results. Meanwhile, top gainers in energy sector included Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF), with shares up 9.4 percent, and Carter's (NYSE: CRI), with shares up 9.3 percent.
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.35 percent. Among the sector stocks, DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) was down more than 26.2 percent, while United States Cellular (NYSE: USM) tumbled around 8.6 percent.
Lowe's Companies (NYSE: LOW) reported a 6.3% gain in its fiscal fourth-quarter profit and announced an additional $5 billion stock buyback program. For the new fiscal year, the company projects earnings of $2.60 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $2.64 per share. It also projects total sales to rise 5% for the same period. Lowe's posted a quarterly profit of $306 million, or $0.29 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $288 million, or $0.26 per share. Excluding special items, it earned $0.31 per share. Its net sales climbed 5.6% to $11.66 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.31 per share on sales of $11.67 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Anika Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ANIK) shot up 49.13 percent to $51.40 after the company received marketing approval for MONOVISC® from the FDA.
Shares of ExamWorks Group (NYSE: EXAM) got a boost, shooting up 17.32 percent to $35.90 after the company reported upbeat Q4 results and issued a strong revenue outlook.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ: UTIW) were down 24.57 percent to $11.51 as the company issued a preliminary loss of $0.33 to $0.38 per share on sales of $1.05 to $1.1 billion for the fourth quarter.
DreamWorks Animation SKG (NASDAQ: DWA) was down, falling 13.23 percent to $30.54 after the company reported downbeat fourth-quarter results. Analysts at Piper Jaffray downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underweight.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.93 percent to $102.78, while gold traded down 1.26 percent to $1,325.80.
Silver traded down 3.50 percent Wednesday to $ 21.23, while copper fell 0.53 percent to $3.21.
European shares were lower today.
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.18 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index fell 0.37 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.39 percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.40 percent while U.K. shares declined 0.46 percent.
The MBA reported that its index of mortgage application activity declined 8.5% in the week ended February 21.
Sales of new homes climbed 9.6% in January to an annual rate of 468,000 in January. However, economists were projecting a sales rate of 400,000 in the month.
Crude stockpiles climbed 100,000 barrels for the week ended February 21, the US Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a gain of 1.5 million barrels.
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