Markets Mixed; Conn's Profit Misses Estimates
Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.28 percent to 17,050.15 while the NASDAQ surged 0.18 percent to 4,588.32. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.09 percent to 2,001.52.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Tuesday morning, the cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from 1-800-Flowers.com (NASDAQ: FLWS) and LSI Industries (NASDAQ: LYTS).
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.27 percent. Top decliners in the sector included Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD), down 5.6 percent, and W&T Offshore (NYSE: WTI), off 2.8 percent.
Conn’s posted its quarterly profit of $17.7 million, or $0.48 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $19.2 million, or $0.52 per share. Excluding one-time items, the company earned $0.50 per share.
Its total revenue jumped 30% to $353 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.75 per share on revenue of $353.65 million.
Equities Trading UP
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ: NCLH) shares shot up 11.59 percent to $37.17 after the company announced its plans to acquire Prestige Cruises International for $3.025 billion.
Shares of Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 4.97 percent to $12.26. Credit Suisse upgraded Staples from Market Perform to Outperform.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Conns (NASDAQ: CONN) were down 28.83 percent to $31.91 after the company reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings and cut its full-year forecast.
Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares tumbled 5.32 percent to $19.23. Analysts at Jefferies downgraded Finisar from Buy to Hold and lowered the target price from $25 to $19.
Exelixis (NASDAQ: EXEL) was down, falling 52.54 percent to $1.97 after the company announced its plans to lower around 70% of its workforce. The company reported that its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib did not meet primary endpoint.
In commodity news, oil traded down 1.21 percent to $94.80, while gold traded down 1.41 percent to $1,269.20.
Silver traded down 1.24 percent Tuesday to $19.25, while copper fell 0.25 percent to $3.15.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.02 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.26 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.60 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.36 percent and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.12 percent while UK shares gained 0.01 percent.
The final reading of the Markit PMI manufacturing index fell to 57.90 in August, versus a prior reading of 58.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 58.00.
The ISM manufacturing composite index surged to 59.00 in August, versus a previous reading of 57.10. However, economists were expecting a reading of 57.00.
US construction spending rose 1.80% in July, versus economists’ expectations for a 1.00% growth.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.
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