Market Overview

Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Lower; Abercrombie & Fitch Beats Q4 Estimates


Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.20 percent to 16,831.93 while the NASDAQ declined 0.06 percent to 4,686.87. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.11 percent to 1,976.22.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Wednesday, basic materials shares rose by 0.70 percent. Top gainers in the sector included LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), and AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS).

In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.89 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 5 percent, and Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE: XEL), down 2.4 percent.

Top Headline

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter.

Abercrombie & Fitch's quarterly net income surged 30.1 percent to $57.7 million. Excluding items, the company earned $1.08 per share.

Its net sales slipped 0.6 percent to $1.11 billion, while sales at stores open at least 12 months increased 1 percent in the quarter. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.99 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Everyday Health Inc (NYSE: EVDY) shares shot up 22 percent to $5.68 on stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

Shares of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP) got a boost, shooting up 28 percent to $10.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by CCL Industries for $10.15 per share in cash.

Darling Ingredients Inc (NYSE: DAR) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $11.45. Darling Ingredients reported Q4 earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $809.7 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Lincoln Educational Services Corp (NASDAQ: LINC) shares dropped 17 percent to $2.23. Lincoln Educational reported Q4 earnings of $0.23 per share on revenue of $48.9 million.

Shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ: BGFV) were down 18 percent to $10.96. Big 5 Sporting Goods reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company issued a weak earnings outlook.

Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) was down, falling around 14 percent to $9.02. Northwest Pipe reported a Q4 loss of $1.43 per share on revenue of $45.6 million.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.93 percent to $34.08, while gold traded up 0.11 percent to $1,232.10.

Silver traded up 0.71 percent Wednesday to $14.86, while copper rose 1.37 percent to $2.18.


European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.18 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index climbed 1.07 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.74 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 0.28 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.07 percent, while U.K. shares fell 0.37 percent.


US private sector added 214,000 jobs in February, according to ADP. However, economists were expecting an addition of 185,000 jobs.

The Federal Open Market Committee will release its latest Beige Book report at 2:00 p.m. ET.


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