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Mid-Day Market Update: Enphase Energy Rises On Upbeat Q2 Results; T2 Biosystems Shares Slide


Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.03% to 27206.28 while the NASDAQ rose 0.24% to 8,293.61. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.02% to 3,013.78.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Real estate shares climbed 0.5% on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE: NXRT), up 7%, and Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE: FSP), up 8%.

In trading on Wednesday, consumer staples shares fell 0.8%.

Top Headline

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued strong fourth-quarter sales guidance on Tuesday.

Earnings came in at $2.18, beating estimates by 8 cents. Sales came in at $53.8 billion, beating estimates by $400 million. The company issued strong fourth-quarter sales guidance.

Equities Trading UP

Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) shares shot up 29% to $28.01 after the company reported upbeat Q2 results.

Shares of Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) got a boost, shooting up 29% to $11.15 after reporting upbeat Q2 earnings.

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) shares were also up, gaining 21% to $12.77 after the company reported better-than-expected Q2 sales results and Q2 EPS higher from last year.

Equities Trading DOWN

2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU) shares tumbled 60% to $14.67 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q2 EPS results. The company also issued Q3 and FY19 EPS guidance below analyst estimates and multiple firms downgraded the stock.

Shares of Castlight Health, Inc. (NYSE: CSLT) were down 46% to $1.63 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results and issued weak FY19 forecast.

T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTOO) was down, falling 54% to $0.6601 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q2 EPS and sales results. The company also issued FY19 sales guidance and multiple firms downgraded the stock.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.5% to $58.32, while gold traded down 0.2% to $1,439.50.

Silver traded down 0.7% Wednesday to $16.45, while copper fell 0.2% to $2.6725.

Euro zone

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.22%, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.14%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.59%. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.45%, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.29% while UK shares fell 0.75%.


Private-sector employers added 156,000 jobs in July, payroll processor ADP reported. However, economists were projecting an increase of 155,000 jobs. ADP revised June's employment change from an initial 102,000 jobs to 112,000 jobs.

The employment cost index rose 0.6% for the second quarter.

The Chicago PMI fell to 44.4 in July, compared to a reading of 49.7 in June. However, economists were expecting a reading of 50.5.

U.S. crude supplies fell 8.5 million barrels for the week ended July 26, the Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts expected a drop of 3.9 million barrels. Gasoline inventories slipped 1.8 million barrels last week, while distillate stockpiles fell 900,000 barrels.

The Federal Open Market Committee will announce its policy decision at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Data on farm prices for June will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.


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