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Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Surges Over 150 Points; Threshold Pharmaceuticals Shares Slide



Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.96 percent to 18,317.91 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.83 percent to 5,312.77. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.80 percent to 2,168.40.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Beasley Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ: BBGI), and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD).

In trading on Friday, utilities shares slipped by 0.30 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 3 percent, and Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), down 2 percent.

Top Headline

McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) delivered better than expected EPS and inline revenue for the third quarter. The company boosted its full year adjusted EPS forecast and sees revenue at the upper end of earlier forecast.

The company reported net income of $127.7 million, or $1.00 per share, for the third quarter, up from $97.6 million, or $0.76 a share, in the year-ago quarter. On an adjusted basis too, net income advanced from $109.7 million to $131.1 million and EPS from $0.85 to $1.03. Street predicted an EPS of $0.94.

McCormick's net sales grew from $1.059 billion to $1.09 billion and came in line with the analysts' estimates.

Equities Trading UP

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares shot up 19 percent to $3.13 as the company disclosed that voclosporin achieved primary and all pre-specific secondary endpoints in Phase IIb AURA-LV study for LN.

Shares of Lexmark International Inc (NYSE: LXK) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $39.93 after the company disclosed that it has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to proceed with proposed buyout.

Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ: SNMX) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $4.32 after the company disclosed that it has extended its Sweet Taste Program collaboration agreement with PepsiCo, Inc. for three additional years.

Equities Trading DOWN

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: THLD) shares dropped 43 percent to $0.675 after the company disclosed interim results from its Tarloxotinib program. The company announced that it will discontinue investment in its Tarloxotinib program and will focus on evofosfamide program and earlier-stage opportunities.

Shares of Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH) were down 28 percent to $2.50. Delcath priced its 425,000 share offering at $3 per share.

Vectrus Inc (NYSE: VEC) was down, falling around 46 percent to $15.00 on news of the government rejecting the company's contract proposal to provide comprehensive support services for all US Army facilities in Kuwait.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.44 percent to $48.04 while gold traded down 0.16 percent to $1,323.90.

Silver traded up 1.26 percent Friday to $19.43, while copper rose 1.12 percent to $2.21.


European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.06 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.12 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.38 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX rose 1.03 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.18 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.29 percent.


U.S. consumer spending was flat for August, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent growth. Personal income rose 0.20 percent in the month, versus expectations for a 0.20 percent increase.

The Chicago PMI increased to 54.20 in September, versus a prior reading of 51.50. Economists expected a reading of 52.50 for the month.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Dallas Federal Reserve President Rob Kaplan is set to speak in Dallas at 1:00 p.m. ET.


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