Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Rises Over 100 Points; Domino's Pizza Shares Surge On Earnings Beat
Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.79 percent to 16,615.32 while the NASDAQ gained 0.34 percent to 4,557.83. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.64 percent to 1,942.06.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Thursday, financial shares rose by 0.88 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ: TREE), Northstar Realty Finance Corp (NYSE: NRF), and Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE: LYG).
In trading on Thursday, energy shares dropped by 1.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT), down 21 percent, and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), down 11 percent.
Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company issued a weak forecast for its current quarter.
For the current quarter, Best Buy expects adjusted earnings of $0.31 to $0.35 per share versus analysts' estimates of $0.39 per share. It also projects revenue of $8.25 billion to $8.35 billion, versus analysts' expectations of $8.45 billion.
Best Buy reported a quarterly profit of $479 million, or $1.40 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $519 million, or $1.46 per share. Excluding certain items, Best Buy earned $1.53 per share. Its revenue fell 4.1% to $13.623 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $13.61 billion.
Best Buy announced a special dividend of $0.45 per share and raised its quarterly dividend from $0.23 per share to $0.28 per share. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
Equities Trading UP
KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: KEYW) shares shot up 34 percent to $6.20 after the company reported better-than-expected Q4 results and announced intent to sell its systems engineering and technical assistance unit to Quantech Services for $12 million in cash.
Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $131.46 after the company reported upbeat Q4 results.
Equities Trading DOWN
Bankrate Inc (NYSE: RATE) shares dropped 46 percent to $6.79. Bankrate reported Q4 sales of $93.4 million and adjusted net income of $13.8 million.
Shares of Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) were down 28 percent to $37.39 after the company issued a weak forecast for the fourth quarter.
PHH Corporation (NYSE: PHH) was down, falling around 27 percent to $8.67 after the company reported a Q4 loss of $0.92 per share on revenue of $123 million.
In commodity news, oil traded down 1.71 percent to $31.60, while gold traded up 0.24 percent to $1,242.10.
Silver traded down 0.67 percent Thursday to $15.23, while copper fell 1.26 percent to $2.07.
European shares closed higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 1.97 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index climbed 2.52 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index jumped 2.30 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 1.79 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 2.24 percent, while U.K. shares rose 2.48 percent.
US durable goods orders rose 4.9 percent in January, versus economists' expectations for a 2.5 percent growth.
US jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 272,000 in the latest week. However, economists were projecting claims to reach 270,000 in the week.
The The Kansas City Fed composite manufacturing index declined to a reading of -12.00 for February, versus a prior reading of -9.00.
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