Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Volatile Following Jobs Report as FireEye Falls on Secondary Offering
Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.10 percent to 16,439.38 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.47 percent to 4,331.32. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.01 percent to 1,876.94.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Industrials stocks gained Friday, with ATA (NASDAQ: ATAI) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG), with shares up 22 percent, and Korn/Ferry International (KFY), with shares up 12 percent. In trading on Friday, basic materials shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.36 percent.
Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. For the new fiscal year, Big Lots expects earnings from continuing operations of $2.25 to $2.45 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $2.44 per share. Big Lots posted its quarterly profit of $84.4 million, or $1.45 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $120.3 million, or $2.09 per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.40 per share. Its revenue slipped 6.2% to $1.64 billion, versus analysts' expectations for $1.61 billion. Big Lots' gross margin declined to 38.2% from 39.7%.
Equities Trading UP
Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) traded up on Friday's session, gaining 23.58 percent to $7.86 after the company's secondary offering failed to startle the street while its appearance on CNBC further extended its rally.
Shares of Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) got a boost, shooting up 21.81 percent to $35.63 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results and announced the promotion of Timothy A. Johnson to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) were down 16.00 percent to $80.11 after the company reported downbeat Q2 earnings. CJS Securities downgraded the stock from Market Outperform to Market Perform and cut the price target from $97.00 to $90.00.
Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS) shares tumbled 11.15 percent to $22.82 after the company issued a weak Q1 forecast.
FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE) was also down, falling 9.35 percent to $81.20 after the company's secondary offering lead to fear on the street.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.94 percent to $102.51, while gold traded down 0.96 percent to $1,339.20.
Silver traded down 2.90 percent Friday to $20.85, while copper fell 4.26 percent to $3.08.
European shares were lower today.
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.36 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.98 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 2.01 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 1.15 percent while U.K. shares fell 1.05 percent.
The US economy added 175,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate climbed to 6.7% versus 6.6%. However, economists were estimating an addition of 149,000 nonfarm jobs in the month.
The US trade deficit widened to $39.1 billion in January, versus a revised $39 billion in December. However, economists were expecting a deficit of $39.7 billion.
The country's imports climbed by 0.6%, while exports also increased by 0.6% in the month.
Data on consumer credit for January will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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