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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Lululemon Reports Mixed Q1 Results

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Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.41 percent to 18,011.24 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.28 percent to 4,975.64. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.33 percent to 2,119.07.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday morning, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) and IAMGOLD Corp (USA) (NYSE: IAG).

In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.05 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE: ENZ), down 5 percent, and Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT), down 5 percent.

Top Headline

Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported weaker-than-expected adjusted earnings for the first quarter. However, revenue came in above the expected level. The company's earnings forecast for the second quarter also fell short of the expectations.

Lululemon reported net income of $45.34 million in the first quarter, down from $47.81 million while earnings slipped to $0.33 a share from $0.34 a share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding adjustments, it would have earned only $0.31 a share thus missing the Street analysts' expectations by a penny. The company's net revenue grew 17 percent to $495.5 million from $423.5 million in the previous year quarter. Street analysts' predicted revenue of $487.67 million.

Moving ahead, Lululemon expects net revenue of $505-$515 million based on total comparable sales in the mid-single digits on a constant dollar basis for the second quarter. The company also expects earnings per share to be $0.36 to $0.38 for the same period. Street estimate earnings of $0.39 a share and revenue of $513.9 million.

Equities Trading UP

Bridgeline Digital Inc (NASDAQ: BLIN) shares shot up 119 percent to $2.30 as the company announced the launch of iAPPS Pro product line.

Shares of Skullcandy Inc (NASDAQ: SKUL) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $4.62. Richard Alden, Skullcandy founder and managing director, is considering an acquisition of "some or all of the shares of the Issuer's Common Stock or otherwise pursue a "going private" transaction", according to a 13D filing on Tuesday.

Shiloh Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLO) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.15. Shiloh Industries reported Q2 GAAP earnings of $0.17 per share on sales of $284.3 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Fibrocell Science Inc (NASDAQ: FCSC) shares dropped 42 percent to $1.16. Fibrocell Science reported that its Phase II azficel-T trial for the treatment of vocal cord scarring did not meet primary endpoints.

Shares of VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE: PAY) were down 30 percent to $19.84 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its second quarter and announced its plans to lower its workforce. The company also cut its annual outlook. JP Morgan downgraded VeriFone from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the target price from $34 to $24.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CATB) was down, falling around 24 percent to $5.20 as the company reported that it failed to meet primary endpoint in CAT-2054 Phase 2a trial.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.35 percent to $51.04 while gold traded up 1.03 percent to $1,259.90.

Silver traded up 3.60 percent Wednesday to $16.99, while copper rose 1.32 percent to $2.08.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.35 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.54 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.11 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.45 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.33 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.14 percent.

Economics

The MBA reported that its index of mortgage application activity rose 9.30 percent for the week ended June 3, 2016.

U.S. job openings increased to 5.79 million for April, versus a prior reading of 5.76 million, the Labor Department said in its monthly JOLTS report. Economists were expecting a reading of 5.67 million.

 

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