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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: US Stocks Down; GameStop Shares Dip On Weak Results

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Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.26 percent to 17,778.42 while the NASDAQ dipped 0.19 percent to 5,095.04. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.22 percent to 2,084.55.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Monday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.53 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), up 9 percent, and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC), up 6 percent.

Telecommunications services sector was the top loser in the US market on Monday. Top losers in the sector included Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD), B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), and Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE: TEO).

Top Headline

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) agreed to buy Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) in a $160 billion deal.

The transaction is valued at $363.63 per Allergan share, based on the closing price of Pfizer stock of $32.18 on November 20.

Equities Trading UP

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSYS) shares shot up 12 percent to $4.92 after Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced plans to acquire TeleCommunication Systems for $430.8 million.

Shares of Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK) got a boost, shooting up 9 percent to $66.53 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter on Monday.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $47.70. Tyson Foods reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, but the company's sales exceeded analysts' estimates.

Equities Trading DOWN

ProQR Therapeutics NV (NASDAQ: PRQR) shares tumbled 26 percent to $9.72. ProQR Therapeutics reported a Q3 loss of $0.29 per share and issued an update on clinical trials.

Shares of Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR) were down 14 percent to $24.00 after the company reported a $74.8 million registered direct offering.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) was down, falling 8 percent to $36.13 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for the third quarter.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.33 percent to $41.76, while gold traded down 0.88 percent to $1,066.80.

Silver traded down 0.40 percent Monday to $14.07, while copper fell 2.40 percent to $2.01.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 declined 0.37 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index slipped 0.13 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.25 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.44 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.46 percent.

Economics

The Markit manufacturing PMI declined to 52.60 in November, versus a prior reading of 54.10. However, economists were expecting a reading of 53.90.

Sales of existing homes in the U.S. dropped 3.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.36 million in October. However, economists were projecting a decline of 2 percent.

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