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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Up 2%; Ruby Tuesday Shares Drop Following Weak Results



Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.37 percent to 18,543.87 while the NASDAQ declined 0.16 percent to 5,219.95. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.25 percent to 2,180.30.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK) and Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: AREX).

In trading on Friday, basic materials shares slipped by 1.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Handy & Harman Ltd (NASDAQ: HNH), down 8 percent, and Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (NYSE: KRA), down 8 percent.

Top Headline

J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) reported a narrower-than-expected loss for the second quarter and reaffirmed its outlook for the full year 2016.

The departmental retailer delivered a 52 percent improvement in net loss to $56 million or a loss per share $0.18. On an adjusted basis, EPS improved 88 percent to a loss per share of $0.05 compared to a loss per share of $0.40 last year. Street estimate was for a loss of $0.15 a share.

J C Penney recorded 1.5 percent growth in total net sales from $2.875 billion to $2.918 billion in the second quarter thus missing analysts' predictions of $2.93 billion marginally. Comparable sales advanced 2.2 percent.

Equities Trading UP

Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ: SGI) shares shot up 29 percent to $7.69 after Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE) announced plans to acquire the company for around $275 million.

Shares of Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) got a boost, shooting up 33 percent to $89.76 following Q2 results. Acacia Communications reported quarterly non-GAAP earnings of $0.77 per share on revenue of $116.2 million. The company expects Q3 non-GAAP earnings of $0.64 to $0.76 per share, on revenue of $120 million to $128 million.

Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $6.09 as the company posted strong Q2 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares dropped 58 percent to $0.902. Ocean Rig reported Q2 EPS $1.83 versus estimates of $0.72. Sales were $452.6 million versus estimates of $376.45 million. During the call, Chairman and CEO George Economou assured the company will focus on de-leveraging and maintaining liquidity, amidst “extremely negative” market conditions.

Shares of Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) were down 34 percent to $10.82 as the company announced second quarter earnings that missed the estimates. Aside from that, the company slashed its forecast for the full year and suspended dividend.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) was down, falling around 13 percent to $3.25 as the company posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter and announced plans to close around 95 underperforming restaurants.


In commodity news, oil traded up 2 percent to $45.10 while gold traded down 0.52 percent to $1,343.00.

Silver traded down 1.45 percent Friday to $19.73, while copper fell 2.05 percent to $2.16.


European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.16 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index declined 0.04 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.17 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.27 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.08 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.02 percent.


The Producer Price Index declined 0.4 percent for July, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent growth.

U.S. retail sales came in flat for July, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4 percent gain.

U.S. business inventories rose 0.2 percent for June, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.10 percent gain.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 90.40 in August, versus a prior reading of 90.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 91.50.


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