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Mid-Day Market Update: Crude Oil Rises Over 5%; Meritor Shares Slip On Weak Results

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Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.18 percent to 16,182.09 while the NASDAQ dropped 0.76 percent to 4,482.42. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.30 percent to 1,897.30.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Wednesday, basic materials shares surged by 2.06 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AUY), up 13 percent, and Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE: GG) up 9 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Meritor Inc (NYSE: MTOR), down 9 percent, and Scientific Games Corp (NASDAQ: SGMS), down 5 percent.

Top Headline

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) reported its better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

General Motors earned $1.39 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $39.60 billion. Wall Street analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.22 per share on revenue of $38.07 billion.

General Motors also reaffirmed its full year earnings per share expectations of $5.25 to $5.75 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) shares shot up 34 percent to $7.42 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.

Shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CNAT) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $1.96 as the company reported that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation for emricasan.

Energizer Holdings Inc (NYSE: ENR) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $36.15 after the company reported stronger-than-expected FQ1 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) shares dropped 35 percent to $1.40 after the company reported downbeat Q4 earnings. The company also suspended quarterly distributions to unit holders.

Shares of Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH) were down 15 percent to $10.33 after the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue.

Meritor Inc (NYSE: MTOR) was down, falling around 9 percent to $6.07 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 5.22 percent to $31.44, while gold traded up 1.07 percent to $1,139.30.

Silver traded up 2.70 percent Wednesday to $14.68, while copper rose 2.17 percent to $2.10.

Eurozone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 1.67 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dipped 2.72 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 2.69 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 1.64 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 1.40 percent, while U.K. shares fell 1.41 percent.

Economics

Private-sector employers added 205,000 jobs in January, Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported. However, economists were expecting an addition of 195,000 jobs.

The Markit services PMI slipped to 53.20 in January, versus a prior reading of 53.70. However, economists were expecting a reading of 53.70.

The ISM non-manufacturing PMI dropped to 53.50 in January, versus a previous reading of 55.80. Economists were projecting a reading of 55.10.

Crude inventories gained by 7.8 million barrels for the week ended January 29, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. Gasoline supplies climbed 5.9 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles slipped 800,000 barrels last week.

 

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