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Mid-Day Market Update: Crude Oil Down 1.5%; Perceptron Shares Spike Higher

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Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.24 percent to 20,100.64 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.27 percent to 5,678.64. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.08 percent to 2,294.34.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by 0.75 percent in trading on Tuesday.

In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), down 5 percent, and Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE: BTE), down 5 percent.

Top Headline

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

GM reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.28 per share on revenue of $43.9 billion, Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $41.5 billion.

GM expects 2017 adjusted earnings of $6.00 per share to $6.50 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) shares shot up 12 percent to $7.20. Perceptron reported Q2 earnings of $0.27 per share on revenue of $21.75 million.

Shares of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGSE) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $2.91 after dropping 7.89 percent on Monday. RGS Energy disclosed that it has completed its $11.5 million public offering of common stock and warrants.

Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DSS) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $1.49 after the company disclosed that its AuthentiGuard solution has been selected for global anti-counterfeiting deployment.

Equities Trading DOWN

FXCM Inc (NASDAQ: FXCM) shares dropped 45 percent to $3.81 after the company announced regulatory settlements with NFA and CFTC against its U.S. subsidiary, Forex Capital Markets LLC. Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) agreed to acquire the client base of FXCM's U.S. operations after FXCM reported that it will be withdrawing from U.S. business.

Shares of Giga-tronics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: GIGA) were down around 17 percent to $0.884. Giga-tronics reported a Q3 loss of $0.06 per share on revenue of $3.2 million.

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) was down, falling around 13 percent to $35.89 after the company reported downbeat quarterly sales and issued a weak forecast. The company also revealed on its call that it is actively seeking M&A options.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 1.51 percent to $52.21 while gold traded up 0.32 percent to $1,236.00.

Silver traded up 0.41 percent Tuesday to $17.77, while copper fell 0.51 percent to $2.64.

Eurozone

European shares were mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.43 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.20 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.04 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.53 percent, and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.33 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.40 percent.

Economics

The U.S. trade deficit dropped 3.2 percent to $44.3 billion in December. Economists expected a $44.9 billion deficit. Exports increased 2.7 percent $190.7 billion, while imports rose 1.5 percent to $235 billion in the month.

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index rose 0.7 percent year-over-year for the first week of February.

U.S. job openings declined to 5.50 million in December, from 5.52 million, the Labor Department reported.
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The Treasury will also auction 3-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Data on consumer credit for December will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

 

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