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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Down Over 2%; McKesson Shares Drop On Downbeat Earnings

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Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.10 percent to 18,187.13 while the NASDAQ declined 0.41 percent to 5,194.78. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.20 percent to 2,128.74.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday afternoon, industrials shares gained by 0.51 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI), and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA).

In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 1.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), down 24 percent, and Novo Nordisk A/S (ADR) (NYSE: NVO), down 13 percent.

Top Headline

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) delivered better than expected earnings and revenue for the third quarter.

Mastercard reported quarterly EPS of $1.08, beating estimates by $0.10. Its revenue came in at $2.9 billion, topping expectations by $0.15 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Gravity Co., LTD. (ADR) (NASDAQ: GRVY) shares shot up 111 percent to $9.61 after the company reported Q3 results. GRAVITY reported Q3 earnings of $0.74 per share on sales of $13.143 million.

Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE: ITGR) shares were also up, gaining 22 percent to $22.08 after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings.


Equities Trading DOWN

Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.02 after the company disclosed that its top-line results from Phase 2b Abili-T trial evaluating Tcelna did not meet primary endpoint.

Shares of Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ: SNMX) were down 55 percent to $1.20. SENOMYX reported upbeat Q3 results, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) was down, falling around 24 percent to $122.06 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its second quarter and lowered its FY17 earnings outlook. McKesson also reported a new $4 billion buyback plan.


Commodities


In commodity news, oil traded down 2.1 percent to $48.70 while gold traded up 0.69 percent to $1,278.20.

Silver traded up 1.03 percent Friday to $17.82, while copper rose 1.46 percent to $2.20.

Eurozone

European shares closed mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 slipped 0.27 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.04 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.59 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.19 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.33 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.14 percent.

Economics

The U.S. economy expanded at an annual pace of 2.9 percent in the third quarter, versus economists’ expectations for a 2.5 percent growth.

The employment cost index increased 0.6 percent for the third quarter.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index slipped to 87.20 in October, versus a prior reading of 87.90. Economists expected a reading of 88.10.

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