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Mid-Day Market Update: Intercept Pharmaceuticals Gains Following Release of FDA Advisory Committee Documents; Godaddy Shares Decline


Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.46 percent to 17,655.00 while the NASDAQ declined 0.66 percent to 4,859.67. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.75 percent to 2,050.56.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Tuesday, industrial shares declined by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL), up 13 percent, and China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: ZNH), up 7 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares tumbled by 1.26 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 4 percent, and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt SA(ADR) (NYSE: EDN), down 3 percent.

Top Headline

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal second quarter, but the company missed analysts' sales estimates.

Walgreens posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.31 per share on revenue of $30.18 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.28 per share on revenue of $30.66 billion.

Walgreens raised the low end of its fiscal 2016 forecast. The company now projects annual earnings of $4.35 to $4.55 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) shares shot up 12 percent to $10.80 after the company reported senior leadership transition. Marvell Technology announced that its CEO Sehat Sutardja and President Weili Dai will leave the company effective immediately.

Shares of Inventergy Global Inc (NASDAQ: INVT) got a boost, shooting up 37 percent to $2.72. Inventergy reported a FY15 loss of $(3.41) per share on revenue of $4.88 million.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ICPT) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $156.72 as investors found the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest briefing documents to be encouraging. The FDA has a scheduled advisory committee meeting on Thursday and will discuss the new drug application 20799, obeticholic acid oral tablets, submitted by Intercept Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA.

Equities Trading DOWN

Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) shares dropped 17 percent to $231.60 amid fears that the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have revamped their efforts to limit domestic companies from doing so-called "tax inversion" deals.

Shares of Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) were down 15 percent to $3.77. Great Basin Scientific reported the expansion of its leadership team. The company appointed Mike Blitz as vice president of U.S. sales, and promoted Sandra Nielsen to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Godaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY) was down, falling around 10 percent to $29.35 as the company reported follow-on offering of 16.5 million shares via selling holders.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.31 percent to $35.59, while gold traded up 0.99 percent to $1,231.40.

Silver traded up 1.24 percent Tuesday to $15.13, while copper fell 0.09 percent to $2.14.


European shares were lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 1.85 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 2.49 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 2.92 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 2.45 percent, and the French CAC 40 tumbled 2.14 percent, while U.K. shares fell 1.15 percent.


The U.S. trade deficit increased 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion in February, versus a revised $45.9 billion in January. The country's exports increased to $178.1 billion in February, while imports rose to $225.1 billion.

The Markit Services PMI rose to 51.30 in March, versus a prior reading of 51.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 51.00.

The ISM non-manufacturing PMI gained to 54.50 in March, versus a previous reading of 53.40. However, economists were expecting a reading of 54.00.


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