Mid-Afternoon Market Update: TrueBlue Rises Following Q1 Earnings; RealNetworks Shares Slide

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.02% to 33,975.58 while the NASDAQ fell 0.34% to 14,090.03. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.05% to 4,185.36.

The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, reporting a total of 32,125,470 cases with around 572,690 deaths. India confirmed a total of at least 17,636,180 cases and 197,890 deaths, while Brazil reported over 14,369,420 COVID-19 cases with 391,930 deaths. In total, there were at least 147,925,410 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 3,122,310 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Industrials shares climbed by 0.7% on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included TrueBlue, Inc. TBI, up 28%, and Covenant Logistics Group, Inc. CVLG, up 12%.

In trading on Tuesday, communication services shares fell 0.3%.

Top Headline

General Electric Company GE reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed views

GE reported quarterly earnings of $0.03 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $0.01 per share. The company’s quarterly sales came in at $17.12 billion, versus expectations of $17.59 billion.

GE said it expects 2021 adjusted earnings of $0.15 to $0.25 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Tian Ruixiang Holdings Ltd TIRX shares shot up 82% to $21.86 after the company reported its financial results for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020.

Shares of TrueBlue, Inc. TBI got a boost, shooting 28% to $29.50 following Q1 results. The company swung to a profit during the quarter.

Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. ALDX shares were also up, gaining 34% to $14.90 after the company announced positive top-line results from the Phase 3 INVIGORATE study of 0.25% reproxalap ophthalmic solution, an investigational new drug, in patients with allergic conjunctivitis. The clinical trial successfully achieved statistical significance for the primary endpoint and all secondary endpoints, it added.

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Equities Trading DOWN

Protagenic Therapeutics, Inc. PTIX shares tumbled 26% to $2.28 after the company priced an underwritten public offering of 3.18 million units at a public offering price of $4.15 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $13.2 million. In connection with the offering, the company has received approval to list its common stock and warrants on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

Shares of RealNetworks, Inc. RNWK were down 25% to $2.5499 after the company priced 8.25 million shares at $2.7 per share to raise $22.3 million in a secondary public offering.

PQ Group Holdings Inc. PQG was down, falling 14% to $14.42 after the company reported preliminary Q1 results and announced a secondary offering of 12,500,000 shares of common stock by selling shareholders.


In commodity news, oil traded up 1% to $62.53, while gold traded down 0.1% to $1,778.00.

Silver traded up 0.7% Tuesday to $26.39 while copper rose 1.2% to $4.4935.

Euro zone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.08%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.63% and the German DAX 30 dropped 0.31%. Meanwhile, the French CAC 40 fell 0.03% London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.26% and Italy’s FTSE MIB fell 0.17%.

Italy's manufacturing confidence index climbed to 105.4 in April from a revised reading of 101.9 in the previous month, while consumer confidence index surged to 102.3 from 100.9.


The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day policy meeting today.

The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index surged 11.9% year-over-year in February following a 11.1% increase in January .

The FHFA house price index increased 0.9% in February following a 1% rise in January.

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped to 121.7 from March’s reading of 109.7.

The Richmond Fed manufacturing index came in unchanged at 17 in April.

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