Market Overview

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Up 1.2%; Progress Software Shares Plunge


Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.23 percent to 19,840.63 while the NASDAQ declined 0.56 percent to 5,543.09. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.25 percent to 2,269.06.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained around 1.20 percent in trading on Tuesday.

In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT), down 10 percent, and 1st Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY), down 7 percent.

Top Headline

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and revenue, driven by strong performance at its sales, trading and M&A businesses.

Morgan Stanley reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.81 on revenue of $9 billion, topping Street view of $0.65 and $8.5 billion, respectively.

Equities Trading UP

Benitec Biopharma Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: BNTC) shares shot up 78 percent to $3.30 after the company disclosed that it has received Orphan Drug Designation in the European Union for BB-301 for the treatment of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy.

Shares of Pulmatrix Inc (NASDAQ: PULM) got a boost, shooting up 126 percent to $1.56 after the company disclosed that its drug candidate, PUR1900, has received "Qualified Infectious Disease Product" designation from the FDA.

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEI) shares were also up, gaining 39 percent to $144.50. Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) announced plans to acquire Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion in cash and stock.

Equities Trading DOWN

Alcobra Ltd (NASDAQ: ADHD) shares dropped 49 percent to $0.966 after the company disclosed that its Phase 3 trial for MDX has missed the primary endpoint.

Shares of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) were down around 13 percent to $27.92. Progress Software reported a Q4 loss of $73.8 million on revenue of $117.7 million. For the current quarter, Progress Software projects earnings of $0.25 to $0.27 per share, on revenue of $85.8 million to $88.8 million.

Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) was down, falling around 31 percent to $1.45 after the company issued a weak Q4 sales forecast and reported the departure of President & CEO LuAnn Via. The company named Joel Waller as interim President and CEO.


In commodity news, oil traded up 1.2 percent to $53.78 while gold traded up 1.57 percent to $1,215.00.

Silver traded up 2.45 percent Tuesday to $17.18, while copper fell 2.36 percent to $2.63.


European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 slipped 0.15 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.16 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.25 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.13 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.46 percent while U.K. shares fell 1.46 percent.


The Empire State manufacturing index dropped to 6.5 in January, versus a revised reading of 7.6 for December. Economists were expecting a reading of 8.5.

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John C. Williams is set to speak at Sacramento State University in Calif. at 6:00 p.m. ET.


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