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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Priceline Issues Weak Forecast


Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.78 percent to 17,770.13 while the NASDAQ declined 0.70 percent to 5,110.94. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.81 percent to 2,082.31.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by 0.01 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), up 2.4 percent, and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), up 2 percent.

Cyclical consumer goods & services shares declined around 1.3 percent in Monday's trading. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), down 20 percent, and Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: MPEL), off 8 percent.

Top Headline

Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, but the company issued a weak earnings forecast for the current quarter.

The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company reported quarterly net income of $1.2 billion, or $23.41 per share, compared to $1.06 billion, or $20.03 per share, in the year-ago quarter. Excluding items, the company's adjusted earnings surged to $25.35 per share from $22.16 per share.

Its revenue increased 9.4 percent to $3.10 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $24.23 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.

Priceline expects Q4 adjusted earnings of $11.10 to $11.90 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $12.42 per share. The company also projects gross travel bookings to increase 1 percent to 8 percent.

Equities Trading UP

Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE: PCL) shares shot up 14 percent to $46.00 after Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE: WY) announced its plans to buy Plum Creek Timber in an $8.44 billion deal.

Shares of Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $52.55. Apache rejected a takeover bid from unidentified buyer and is working with Goldman Sachs, according to Bloomberg.

Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $23.07. Horizon Pharma issued a strong FY16 sales forecast. It projected FY20 sales of $800 million to $1 billion.

Equities Trading DOWN

Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI) shares tumbled 19 percent to $8.71. Kandi Technologies reported Q3 earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $50.5 million.

Shares of Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO) were down 13 percent to $7.08. Kronos Worldwide reported a Q3 adjusted loss of $0.03 per share on revenue of $336.5 million.

Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) was down, falling 8 percent to $7.36. Novavax reported a Q3 loss of $0.12 per share. The company also announced that it has initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial for its RSV F vaccine.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.18 percent to $44.21, while gold traded up 0.18 percent to $1,089.70.

Silver traded down 0.45 percent Monday to $14.63, while copper fell 0.25 percent to $2.24.


European shares were lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 slipped 0.21 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index declined 0.32 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dipped 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX declined 0.21 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.40 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.05 percent.


On the economics calendar Monday, there is no important data due out.


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