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Mid-Day Market Update: NASDAQ Turns Higher; Susquehanna Bancshares Shares Jump On BB&T Deal

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Mid-Day Market Update: NASDAQ Turns Higher; Susquehanna Bancshares Shares Jump On BB&T Deal

Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.05 percent to 17,605.97 while the NASDAQ gained 0.09 percent to 4,664.78. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.08 percent to 2,038.01.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Telecommunications services shares jumped by 0.36 percent on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), up 2.7 percent, and NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ), up 2.4 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.24 percent. Top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP), down 6.6 percent, and UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL), off 3.4 percent.

Top Headline

Macy's (NYSE: M) reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter. However, the company’s revenue missed analysts’ estimates. The company also lowered its outlook for the year.

The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company posted a quarterly profit of $217 million, or $0.61 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $177 million, or $0.47 per share.

Its revenue slipped 1.3% to $6.2 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.51 per share on revenue of $6.37 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Susquehanna Bancshares (NASDAQ: SUSQ) shares shot up 33.03 percent to $13.17 after BB&T (NYSE: BBT) announced its plans to acquire Susquehanna Bancshares in a cash and stock transaction valued at around $2.5 billion.

Shares of Matson (NYSE: MATX) got a boost, shooting up 19.40 percent to $34.90 after the company announced its plans to acquire Horizon's Alaska operations.

Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL) shares were also up, gaining 7.47 percent to $111.50 after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and announced a $1 billion buyback plan. Michael Kors Holdings (NYSE: KORS) and Fossil Group announced that they have renewed their global licensing agreement for watches and jewelry.

Equities Trading DOWN

Shares of Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) were down 13.90 percent to $4.37 after the company posted a wider-than-expected third-quarter loss.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ: ASPS) shares tumbled 20.97 percent to $57.52 after the company reported that it is discontinuing its Lender Placed Insurance brokerage line of business.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) was down, falling 11.18 percent to $16.52 after the company reported a weaker-than-expected profit for the third quarter.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.12 percent to $77.85, while gold traded down 0.10 percent to $1,161.80.

Silver traded down 0.31 percent Wednesday to $15.63, while copper fell 0.03 percent to $3.03.

Eurozone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 1.13 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index slipped 1.76 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 2.87 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 1.69 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 1.51 percent while UK shares dropped 0.25 percent.

Economics

The MBA reported that its index of mortgage application activity fell 0.9% in the week ended Nov. 7.

US wholesale inventories increased 0.3% in September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.2% growth.

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