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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Jumps Over 200 Points; Volcano Shares Climb On Acquisition News

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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Jumps Over 200 Points; Volcano Shares Climb On Acquisition News

Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 1.28 percent to 17,286.45 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.59 percent to 4,620.07. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.43 percent to 2,000.97.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 4.47 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE: NDRO), up 25.1 percent, and Swift Energy Co (NYSE: SFY), up 27.8 percent.

Industrial shares rose by just 1 percent in the US market on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top decliners in the sector included B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV), down 24 percent, and FedEx (NYSE: FDX), off 3.7 percent.

Top Headline

FedEx (NYSE: FDX) reported weaker-than-expected fiscal second-quarter results.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company posted quarterly net income of $616 million, or $2.14 per share, compared to $500 million, or $1.57 per share, in the year-ago period. Share repurchases benefited latest quarter earnings by $0.16 per share.

Its revenue rose 5% to $11.9 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $2.22 per share on revenue of $11.98 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Auspex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ASPX) shares shot up 101.65 percent to $50.60 following positive SD-809 trial results.

Shares of Volcano (NASDAQ: VOLC) got a boost, shooting up 55.22 percent to $17.83 after Philips (NYSE: PHG) agreed to acquire Volcano for $18.00 per share.

Digital River (NASDAQ: DRIV) shares were also up, gaining 42.41 percent to $24.01 on extension of Microsoft agreement to March 31st, 2017.

Equities Trading DOWN

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) shares tumbled 8.05 percent to $6.25 after Credit Suisse reduced the price target on the stock from $10 to $1.

Shares of Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: RT) were down 15.70 percent to $6.85 after the company reported a 1% y/y drop in its same-store sales in the second quarter. Ruby Tuesday in October had expected same-store growth of between 1% and 2% for the period ended December 2.

B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV) was down, falling 24.03 percent to $56.50 following the announcement that the company has completed its spin-off of KLX Inc.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.70 percent to $56.32, while gold traded up 0.21 percent to $1,196.80.

Silver traded up 1.16 percent Wednesday to $15.94, while copper rose 0.51 percent to $2.87.

Eurozone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.14 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index slipped 0.32 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.54 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 0.20 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 0.46 percent while UK shares gained 0.07 percent.

Economics

The consumer price index dropped 0.3% in November, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1% decline. US core CPI gained 0.10% last month, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.10% rise.

The U.S. current account deficit widened to $100.3 billion in the third quarter, versus a revised $98.4 billion in the previous period. However, economists were expecting a deficit of $97.90 billion.

The Federal Open Market Committee announced its policy decision.

 

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