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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Lands' End Surges On Upbeat Results; Mallinckrodt Shares Plummet


Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 1.47% to 26743.65 while the NASDAQ rose 1.59% to 8,103.91. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.26% to 2,974.80.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Financial shares climbed 2.1% on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Atlanticus Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: ATLC), up 12%, and Jiayin Group Inc - ADR (NASDAQ: JFIN), up 17%.

In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell 1.2%.

Top Headline

Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG) reported better-than-expected Q2 results.

Signet Jewelers reported second-quarter earnings of 51 cents per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of 24 cents. The company reported quarterly sales of $1.364 billion, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $1.34 billion.

Signet Jewelers sees fiscal year 2020 adjusted EPS $2.91-$3.23 versus the $2.91 estimate and sales adjusted from $6 billion-$6.03 billion versus the $6 billion estimate.

Equities Trading UP

Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) shares shot up 22% to $9.54 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

Shares of Edesa Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: EDSA) got a boost, shooting up 50% to $5.85 after the company disclosed that it has received approval to initiate clinical study in patients with hemorrhoids.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GIII) shares were also up, gaining 24% to $23.39 after the company reported upbeat Q2 earnings.

Equities Trading DOWN

Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK) shares tumbled 37% to $1.64 after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring options that include a possible bankruptcy filing, ahead of a trial in Cleveland coming up next month. The company has reportedly hired law firm Latham & Watkins and turnaround firm AlixPartners to assist in tackling the legal onslaught. BMO Capital also downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform.

Shares of Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) were down 26% to $32.28 following Q4 results. Meredith expects Q1 adjusted EPS of $0.88-$0.93 and FY20 adjusted EPS of $5.75-$6.20.

Rev Group Inc (NYSE: REVG) was down, falling 24% to $9.18 after the company reported Q3 results and lowered FY19 guidance.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.2% to $56.36, while gold traded down 2.1% to $1,528.40.

Silver traded down 3.5% Thursday to $18.855, while copper rose 1.5% to $2.6335.

Euro zone

European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 climbed 0.72%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.42%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 1%. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.85% and the French CAC 40 climbed 1.11% while UK shares fell 0.55%.


U.S. private sector added 195,000 jobs for August, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. reported. However, economists were expecting a gain of 148,000 jobs.

U.S. jobless claims increased 1,000 to 217,000 for the latest week. However, analysts were projecting a reading of 215,000.

U.S. nonfarm productivity rose by an annualized 2.3% for the second quarter, matching a preliminary estimate and above economists’ expectations for a 2.2% increase. Unit labor costs increased by an annualized 2.6 percent in the second quarter.

The IHS Markit services PMI declined to 50.7 in August, versus 53 in the prior month, and compared to a preliminary reading of 50.9. However, analysts projected a reading of 51.

U.S. factory orders rose 1.4% for July, versus economists’ expectations for a 1% increase.

The ISM's non-manufacturing index increased to 56.4 in August, compared to 53.7 in the prior month. However, analysts expected a reading of 54.

Domestic supplies of natural gas climbed 84 billion cubic feet for the week ended August 30, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts projected a gain of 75 billion cubic feet.

U.S. crude supplies fell 4.8 million barrels for the week ended August 30, the Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts projected a drop of 3 million barrels. Gasoline supplies fell 2.4 million barrels, while distillate supplies dropped 2.5 million barrels.

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


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