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Mid-Day Market Update: Red Hat Rises After Strong Q1 Results; CIRCOR Shares Slide

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Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.18 percent to 21,428.71 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.47 percent to 6,216.97. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.05 percent to 2,435.90.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Healthcare shares rose by 0.78 percent in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), and ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN).

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR), down 11 percent, and Petrobras Argentina SA ADR (NASDAQ: PZE), down 9 percent.

Top Headline

CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.

CarMax posted quarterly earnings of $1.13 per share on revenue of $4.54 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.98 per share on revenue of $4.46 billion.

Equities Trading UP

CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) shares shot up 14 percent to $36.13 following a Bloomberg report late last night suggesting BMC Software could be interested in the company.

Shares of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB) got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $30.52 as the company posted better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

Red Hat Inc (NASDAQ: RHT) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $98.15 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and raised its guidance for the year. Stifel upgraded Red Hat from Hold to Buy.

Equities Trading DOWN

CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR) shares dropped 11 percent to $56.97. Seaport Global Securities downgraded CIRCOR from Neutral to Sell.

Shares of Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG) were down 7 percent to $3.07. Seaport Global downgraded Bill Barrett from Hold to Sell.

Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) was down, falling around 8 percent to $22.08. Seaport Global Securities downgraded Basic Energy Services from Buy to Neutral.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.69 percent to $43.81 while gold traded up 0.18 percent to $1,245.70.

Silver traded down 0.10 percent Wednesday to $16.46, while copper rose 1.28 percent to $2.605.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 slipped 0.06 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.10 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 1.24 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.16 percent, and the French CAC 40 declined 0.25 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.18 percent.

Economics

The MBA’s index of mortgage application activity rose 0.6 percent for the latest week.

Existing home sales rose 1.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.62 million for May. However, economists were expecting a 5.60 million rate.

Domestic crude supplies dropped 2.54 million barrels for the week ended June 16, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a slide of 2 million barrels. Gasoline stockpiles slipped 578,000 barrels, while distillate stockpiles gained 1.08 million barrels last week.

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