Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Lennar Earnings Beat Street View
Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.15 percent to 16,247.15 while the NASDAQ surged 0.08 percent to 4,310.84. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.14 percent to 1,863.30.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Technology stocks gained Thursday, with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI), with shares up 2.8 percent, and Adept Technology (NASDAQ: ADEP), with shares up 4.3 percent.
Utilities sector was the leading decliner in the US market today. Among the sector stocks, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE: SBS) was down more than 3.5 percent, while National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) tumbled around 2.6 percent.
Lennar (NYSE: LEN) reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings. Lennar's quarterly earnings surged to $78.1 million, or $0.35 per share, versus $57.5 million, or $0.26 per share, in the year-earlier quarter. Its revenue rose 38% to $1.4 billion. However, analysts were estimating earnings of $0.28 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Burlington Stores (NYSE: BURL) shares shot up 11.91 percent to $28.99 on Q4 results. Burlington Stores reported its Q4 earnings of $1.07 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $1.03 per share.
Shares of Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) got a boost, shooting up 8.92 percent to $31.27 after the company reported in-line FQ3 adjusted earnings. The company expected Q4 earnings of $0.43 to $0.47 per share on revenue of $485 million to $505 million. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.43 per share on revenue of $487.5 million.
ZELTIQ Aesthetics (NASDAQ: ZLTQ) was also up, gaining 6.44 percent to $18.68. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on the stock with a Buy rating and a $28.00 price target.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) were down 8.38 percent to $40.09 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak FY14 revenue outlook.
The Cato (NYSE: CATO) was down, falling 6.35 percent to $28.19 on Q4 results. Cato reported its Q4 earnings of $0.13 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $0.13 per share. Cato Corporation expects FY14 earnings of $1.47 to $1.66 per share, versus estimates of $1.86 per share.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.60 percent to $99.77, while gold traded down 1.22 percent to $1,324.90.
Silver traded down 2.29 percent Thursday to $20.35, while copper fell 1.47 percent to $2.94.
European shares were lower today.
The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.88 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index fell 0.36 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX declined 0.97 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 0.75 percent while U.K. shares fell 1.04 percent.
US jobless claims climbed 5,000 to 320,000 in the week ended March 15. However, economists were estimating claims to increase to 325,000.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to -29.00 for the week ended Mar 16, versus a prior reading of -27.60.
The Conference Board's index of leading indicators climbed 0.5% in February, versus a 0.1% gain in January.
Sales of existing US homes fell 0.4% to an annual rate of 4.6 million in February, versus a rate of 4.62 million in January. However, economists were estimating a rate of 4.6 million.
US Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index rose to 9.00 in March, versus a prior reading of -6.30. However, economists were expecting a reading of 3.20.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.
The Treasury will also auction 2-year, 5-year and 7-year notes.
Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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