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Mid-Day Market Update: Ocular Therapeutix Surges Following Collaboration Deal With Regeneron; Flex Pharma Shares Slide



Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.66 percent to 18,023.95 while the NASDAQ declined 0.72 percent to 5,201.54. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.67 percent to 2,124.85.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Thursday, utilities shares gained by 0.86 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE: NFG), and Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ: PCYO).

In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), down 7 percent, and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), down 6 percent.

Top Headline

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) disclosed better than expected earnings for the third quarter.

The company reported net income of $1.259 billion for the September quarter, down from $1.315 billion in the year-ago quarter. However, EPS rose marginally from $1.65 to $1.69. On an adjusted basis, the company would have earned $1.70 a share thus beating the Street estimates of $1.64.

Delta Air Lines operating revenue fell 6 percent from $11.107 billion to $10.483 billion. While passenger revenue fell 5 percent, revenue from cargo dropped 15 percent from the previous year period.

Equities Trading UP

Ocular Therapeutix Inc (NASDAQ: OCUL) shares shot up 18 percent to $7.43 after the company revealed a tactical collaboration, option and license deal with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN). Ocular stock surged more than 25 percent. According to the agreement terms, the two companies would develop a sustained release formulation of aflibercept, which fits properly for clinical development advancement.

Shares of ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CTRV) got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $1.31 after the company disclosed positive interim data for CMX157 from its Phase 2a clinical study.

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $77.16 following Q4 results. Lindsay reported Q4 earnings of $0.73 per share on revenue of $132.9 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) shares dropped 26 percent to $5.19 after the company reported weak preliminary revenue for the third quarter.

Shares of Flex Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: FLKS) were down 21 percent to $8.85 after the company announced FLX-787 clinical update.

Aptose Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: APTO) was down, falling around 20 percent to $2.21 after the company issued an update on the FDA clinical hold of APTO-253.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.36 percent to $50.82 while gold traded up 0.34 percent to $1,258.10.

Silver traded down 0.23 percent Thursday to $17.47, while copper fell 2.66 percent to $2.12.


European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.89 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.93 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 1.38 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 1.12 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 1.14 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.66 percent.


U.S. jobless claims were flat at 246,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting claims to reach 252,000 in the week.

Import prices rose 0.1 percent in September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.2 percent growth. Export prices rose 0.3 percent, versus estimates of 0.1 percent gain.

Crude supplies increased 4.9 million barrels for the week ended October 7, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a gain of 250,000 barrels. Gasoline supplies dropped 1.9 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles slipped 3.7 million barrels.

Supplies of natural gas gained 79 billion cubic feet for the week ended October 7, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a rise of 87 billion cubic feet.

The U.S. Treasury budget data for September will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will speak in Missoula at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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