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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Up 2.7%; Providence & Worcester Railroad Shares Spike Higher

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Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.45 percent to 18,660.67 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.68 percent to 5,268.47. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.42 percent to 2,193.14.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Monday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Braskem SA (ADR) (NYSE: BAK) and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X).

In trading on Monday, utilities shares slipped by 0.68 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), down 3 percent, and Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX), down 2 percent.

Top Headline

SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings.

Sysco reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.64 per share, on revenue of $13.65 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.61 per share on revenue of $13.68 billion.


Equities Trading UP

American Electric Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETI) shares shot up 46 percent to $3.88 following Q2 results. AETI reported quarterly earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $12.3 million.

Shares of Providence & Worcester Railroad Company (NASDAQ: PWX) got a boost, shooting up 51 percent to $24.55 after Genesee & Wyoming Inc (NYSE: GWR) reported the purchase of Providence and Worcester Railroad for $25 per share.

Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares were also up, gaining 52 percent to $2.83 as the company reported upbeat Q2 results.


Equities Trading DOWN

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares dropped 55 percent to $1.84. Aurinia Pharma reported that its Phase IIB voclosporin study met its primary endpoint.

Shares of Performance Sports Group Ltd (NYSE: PSG) were down 51 percent to $1.72. Performance Sports reported that it would not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K by the August 15, 2016 deadline.

Merus Labs International Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: MSLI) was down, falling around 23 percent to $ 0.960. Merus Labs reported a Q3 net loss of $5.1 million, versus a year-ago loss of $1.8 million.


Commodities


In commodity news, oil traded up 2.70 percent to $46.40 while gold traded up 0.21 percent to $1,346.00.

Silver traded up 0.82 percent Monday to $19.87, while copper rose 0.51 percent to $2.16.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.01 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.05 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.17 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.24 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.05 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.36 percent.

Economics

The Empire State manufacturing index declined to -4.20 in August, versus a prior reading of 0.55. Economists were expecting a reading of 2.50.

The National Association of Home Builders’ housing market index increased 2 points to 60 in August, versus a revised reading of 58 in July. However, economists projected a reading of 60 for the month.

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