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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Infosys Shares Decline Following Disappointing Q1 Results; Herbalife Shares Spike Higher

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Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.01 percent to 18,505.32 while the NASDAQ declined 0.15 percent to 5,026.48. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.16 percent to 2,160.18.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged by 0.29 percent.

In trading on Friday, energy shares fell by 0.49 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY), down 13 percent, and Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), down 5 percent.

Top Headline

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) reported in-line earnings for the second quarter on Friday.

The company said it earned $5.6 billion or $1.03 a share for the second quarter compared to $5.7 billion or $1.03 a share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts too expected the same EPS.

Wells Fargo's top line advanced 4 percent to $22.2 billion from $21.3 billion in the previous year quarter. Street estimated the bank to generate $22.17 billion revenue. While net interest income increased $66 million to $11.7 billion from first quarter 2016, Noninterest income slipped to $10.4 billion from $10.5 billion in first quarter 2016.


Equities Trading UP

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) shares shot up 9 percent to $64.49 following reports the U.S. Federal Trade Commission concluded the company isn't operated as a pyramid scheme.

Shares of Iteris Inc (NASDAQ: ITI) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $3.65 after the company reported strong preliminary revenue results for the first quarter.

Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $43.84. Alere reported preliminary FY15 sales of $2.447 billion to $2.477 billion and expected Q4 sales of $573 million to $593 million. Canaccord Genuity upgraded Alere from Hold to Buy.


Equities Trading DOWN

Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY) shares dropped 9 percent to $16.82 after the company posted weak quarterly results. The company also provided tepid outlook for the rest of the year.

Shares of CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTR) were down 31 percent to $0.625. CytRx reported that it has priced its 28.6 million share offering at $0.70 per share.

Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $6.66 after the company reported weak preliminary results for the second quarter.


Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.53 percent to $45.92 while gold traded down 0.30 percent to $1,328.20.

Silver traded down 0.90 percent Friday to $20.14, while copper fell 0.38 percent to $2.23.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.17 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.25 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.29 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.01 percent, and the French CAC 40 declined 0.30 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.22 percent.

Economics

U.S. retail sales gained 0.6 percent for June. However, economists were projecting a 0.1 percent growth.

U.S. consumer prices increased 0.2 percent in June, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.2 percent gain.

The Empire State manufacturing index dropped to 0.6 in July, versus 6.0 in June.

U.S. industrial production increased 0.6 percent for June, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.5 percent growth.

U.S. business inventories rose 0.20 percent for May, versus economists’ estimates for a 0.10 percent growth.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index slipped to 89.50 in July, versus a prior reading of 93.50. However, economists were estimating a reading of 93.50.

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