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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: MarineMax Drops Following Q3 Results; Sarepta Shares Spike Higher

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.12 percent to 21,615.71 while the NASDAQ gained 0.06 percent to 6,388.56. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.06 percent to 2,475.25.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Healthcare shares climbed by 0.83 percent in the US market on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included AEterna Zentaris Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: AEZS), and Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT).

In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM), down 16 percent, and PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG), down 7 percent.

Top Headline

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) reported weaker-than-expected profit for its second quarter.

Philip Morris posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.14 per share, on revenue, excluding excise taxes, of $6.9 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.23 per share on net sales of $7.11 billion.

Philip Morris lowered its 2017 earnings forecast to $4.78 to $4.93 per share, versus earlier outlook of $4.84 to $4.99 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Avista Corp (NYSE: AVA) shares shot up 20 percent to $52.21 after Hydro One announced a deal to buy Avista at $53 per share in cash.

Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) got a boost, shooting up 24 percent to $42.33 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q2 revenue and raised its FY17 sales outlook.

Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $9.91. Sears reported the launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com.

Equities Trading DOWN

MarineMax Inc (NYSE: HZO) shares dropped 22 percent to $15.40 after the company reported downbeat Q3 results and lowered its FY17 earnings outlook.

Shares of A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) were down 16 percent to $25.98 after the company cut its FY17 adjusted earnings forecast.

Smart Sand Inc (NASDAQ: SND) was down, falling around 15 percent to $6.68. Credit Suisse downgraded Smart Sand from Outperform to Neutral.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.72 percent to $46.78 while gold traded up 0.26 percent to $1,252.00.

Silver traded up 0.33 percent Thursday to $16.35, while copper rose 0.15 percent to $2.7145.

Eurozone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.38 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.22 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slipped 0.19 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.04 percent, and the French CAC 40 declined 0.32 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.77 percent.

Economics

Initial jobless claims dropped 15,000 to 233,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting jobless claims to reach 245,000 last week.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve manufacturing index dropped to 19.5 in July, compared to 27.6 in June. However, aconomists projected a reading of 24.
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The index of leading economic indicators rose 0.6 percent for June.

Domestic supplies of natural gas increased 28 billion cubic feet for the week ended July 14, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts expected a gain of 32 billion cubic feet.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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