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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: A Schulman Slips After Q3 Results; Plug Power Shares Spike Higher

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Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.17 percent to 17,654.28 while the NASDAQ slipped 0.57 percent to 4,963.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.08 percent to 2,067.11.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares climbed by 1.32 percent on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE: UIL), up 4 percent, and Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK), up 3 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares dipped by 1.95 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (ADR) (NYSE: ACH), down 15 percent, and Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. (ADR) (NYSE: SHI), off 12 percent.

Top Headline

Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP) proposed to buy Depomed Inc (NASDAQ: DEPO)for $1.75 billion in an all stock transaction.

The offer price of $29.25 per share represents a 42 percent premium over Depomed’s closing price on July 6, 2015.

Equities Trading UP

Depomed Inc (NASDAQ: DEPO) shares shot up 35 percent to $27.86 after Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP) proposed to acquire DepoMed for $29.25 per share in stock.

Shares of Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.52 after the company reaffirmed its FY15 financial targets.

Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $8.49. Chardan Capital upgraded Himax Technologies from Sell to Buy and raised the price target from $4.00 to $13.00.

Equities Trading DOWN

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares tumbled 16 percent to $2.08 after the company lowered its revenue forecast for the second quarter.

Shares of A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) were down 11 percent to $37.58 after the company reported downbeat third-quarter results and lowered its outlook for the year.

Cardtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) was down, falling 9 percent to $33.45 after the company announced the notification of non-renewal of 7-Eleven agreement upon expiration in mid-2017.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 1.37 percent to $51.81, while gold traded down 1.69 percent to $1,153.40.

Silver traded down 4.88 percent Tuesday to $14.99, while copper fell 3.21 percent to $2.46.

Eurozone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 1.57 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 1.84 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 2.97 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 1.96 percent, and the French CAC 40 dipped 2.27 percent while UK shares slipped 1.58 percent.

Economics

US trade deficit increased 2.9 percent to $41.9 billion in May, versus a revised $40.7 billion in April. However, economists were expecting a deficit of $42.1 billion. Exports slipped 0.8 percent to $188.6 billion, while imports declined 0.1 percent to $230.5 billion.

Data on consumer credit for May will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

 

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