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Mid-Day Market Update: Universal Display Climbs After Strong Q4 Results; Zoe's Kitchen Shares Plummet

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Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.25 percent to 20,757.87 while the NASDAQ declined 0.31 percent to 5,817.55. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.28 percent to 2,357.26.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares climbed by 0.76 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

In trading on Friday, energy shares fell by 0.78 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 25 percent, and Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (NASDAQ: GIFI), down 14 percent.

Top Headline

J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter and announced plans to close around 130-140 stores.

J C Penney said it plans to close two distribution facilities and shut about 130-140 stores over the next few months as the challenging retail environment is eating in to the sales of department store operators.

The announcement of planned store closures comes as the company reported an EPS beat for the fourth quarter, but sales fell short of consensus. JC Penney recorded a 0.7 percent drop in same-store sales for the holiday quarter.

Equities Trading UP

Cempra Inc (NASDAQ: CEMP) shares shot up 33 percent to $4.20 after the company disclosed that fusidic acid achieved primary endpoint in Phase 3 study of ABSSSI.

Shares of IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: IPCI) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $2.62 after the company reported the FDA approval for 500 mg and 750 mg generic Glucophage XR.

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $80.45 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) shares dropped 41 percent to $1.20. Nordic American Offshore priced its upsized offering of 40 million shares at $1.25 per share.

Shares of FunctionX Inc (NASDAQ: FNCX) were down around 24 percent to $0.975. FunctionX priced its 4.5 million share offering at $1.05 per share.

Zoe's Kitchen Inc (NYSE: ZOES) was down, falling around 14 percent to $19.35 after the company posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.53 percent to $54.16 while gold traded up 0.47 percent to $1,257.30.

Silver traded up 1.13 percent Friday to $18.39, while copper rose 1.54 percent to $2.70.

Eurozone

European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 1 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.68 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 1.16 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 1.49 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 1.12 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.47 percent.

Economics

New home sales rose 3.7 percent to an annual rate of 555,000 in January. Economists were expecting a 570,000 annual pace.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 96.30 in February, versus a prior reading of 95.70. Economists projected a reading of 96.00.

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

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