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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Lower; General Electric Tops Q1 Estimates


Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.06 percent to 20,566.82 while the NASDAQ declined 0.11 percent to 5,910.15. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.11 percent to 2,353.25.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX) and NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE).

In trading on Friday, energy shares fell by 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), down 4 percent, and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI), down 3 percent.

Top Headline

General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Friday.

GE posted adjusted earnings of $0.21 per share in the quarter on revenue of $27.7 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.4 billion.

Equities Trading UP

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.(ADR) (NYSE: STV) shares shot up 34 percent to $1.71. China Digital TV declared a special cash dividend of US$1.50 per ordinary share.

Shares of Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ: PFPT) got a boost, shooting up 8 percent to $76.97 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised its FY17 forecast.

Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN) shares were also up, gaining 7 percent to $26.90 after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results.

Equities Trading DOWN

XBiotech Inc (NASDAQ: XBIT) shares dropped 40 percent to $10.13 after the company disclosed that the EMA rendered negative trend vote related to MAA for its candidate antibody for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

Shares of Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: ADMP) were down around 19 percent to $3.55. Adamis Pharmaceuticals priced its 4.28 million offering at $3.50 per share.

Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE: CLW) was down, falling around 11 percent to $50.55 after the company reported Q1 results. Clearwater Paper reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.64 per share on revenue of $437.5 million.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.28 percent to $50.85 while gold traded up 0.04 percent to $1,284.30.

Silver traded down 0.65 percent Friday to $17.90, while copper fell 0.02 percent to $2.5565.


European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.20 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.32 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.17 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX rose 0.47 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.18 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.10 percent.


The flash Markit PMI dropped to a reading of 52.8 in April, versus a prior reading of 53.3.

Existing home sales rose 4.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.71 million for March. Economists were expecting a 5.60 million rate.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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