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Mid-Day Market Update: Abercrombie & Fitch Drops After Downbeat Earnings; Synutra Shares Spike Higher

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Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.22 percent to 18,862.63 while the NASDAQ declined 0.29 percent to 5,318.34. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.29 percent to 2,180.84.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Friday, technology shares gained by 0.34 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL).

In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.49 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), down 5 percent, and Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX), down 4 percent.

Top Headline

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Friday.

Foot Locker posted quarterly EPS of $1.13, beating analysts’ estimates by three cents per share. Its revenue of $1.89 billion was in-line with estimates.

Its same-store sales rose 4.7 percent in the quarter. Foot Locker paid investors a quarterly dividend of $0.275 and also bought back 1.15 million shares during the quarter.

Equities Trading UP

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) shares shot up 25 percent to $13.60. DryShips shares tumbled around 85 percent on Thursday after the company announced a registered direct offering to raise roughly $20 million.

Shares of Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EYEG) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $1.77 after the company disclosed that the FDA has confirmed a 510(k) De Novo path for its Ocular Bandage Gel following a pre-submission meeting.

Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $5.30 after the company disclosed that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement for "going private" transaction.


Equities Trading DOWN

Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) shares dropped 16 percent to $25.85. Gap posted in-line profit for its third quarter. However, the company reported a decline in quarterly sales.

Shares of Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) were down 11 percent to $40.25 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) was down, falling around 14 percent to $14.55 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter.


Commodities


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.33 percent to $45.83 while gold traded down 0.67 percent to $1,208.70.

Silver traded down 1.33 percent Friday to $16.65, while copper fell 1.28 percent to $2.47.

Eurozone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.36 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.09 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 1.75 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.20 percent, and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.52 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.28 percent.

Economics

The index of leading economic indicators rose 0.1 percent for October, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent growth

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

Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan will speak at the Dallas and Kansas City Fed's oil conference in Houston, Texas at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is set to speak in San Francisco at 9:45 p.m. ET.

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