Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Boeing Issues Weak 2016 Outlook
Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.57 percent to 16,074.61 while the NASDAQ dipped 0.55 percent to 4,542.35. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.22 percent to 1,899.48.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Wednesday, telecommunications services shares rose by 0.30 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Philippine Long Distance Telephone (ADR) (NYSE: PHI), up 4 percent, and NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE: DCM) up 3 percent.
In trading on Wednesday, technology shares dipped by 0.94 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS), down 10 percent, and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), down 8 percent.
Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) reported upbeat Q4 earnings, but the company issued a weak forecast for 2016.
Boeing earned $1.60 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $23.6 billion. Wall Street analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.27 per share on revenue of $23.55 billion.
Looking forward to fiscal 2016, Boeing expects to earn $8.15 to $8.35 per share on revenue of $93 billion to $95 billion. Wall Street analysts were projecting the company to earn $9.43 per share on revenue of $97.17 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Capnia Inc (NASDAQ: CAPN) shares shot up 20 percent to $1.55 as the company reported an exclusive nationwide distribution agreement for CoSense on Tuesday.
Shares of CommVault Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVLT) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $36.35 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q3 results.
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $36.79. Hawaiian Holdings reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.85 per share on revenue of $574.15 million. Deutsche Bank upgraded Hawaiian Holdings from Hold to Buy and raised the price target from $35.00 to $40.00.
Equities Trading DOWN
Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG) shares dropped 17 percent to $3.13 after the company issued financial and operational update for 2015. Ladenburg Thalmann downgraded Bill Barrett from Buy to Neutral and lowered the price target to $4.00.
Shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE: SC) were down 14 percent to $11.58 after the company reported downbeat Q4 earnings.
Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) was down, falling around 12 percent to $45.20 as the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.
In commodity news, oil traded down 2.29 percent to $30.73, while gold traded down 0.20 percent to $1,118.40.
Silver traded down 0.44 percent Wednesday to $14.50, while copper rose 0.34 percent to $2.04.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.39 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.09 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index tumbled 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.04 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.23 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.04 percent.
Sales of new homes surged 10.8 percent to an annual pace of 544,000 in December. However, economists were expecting a 500,000 rate.
The Federal Open Market Committee will announce its policy decision at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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