Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded down
0.14 percent to 16,888.03 while the NASDAQ surged 0.38 percent to
4,459.35. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.04 percent to
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Wednesday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source
of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from
ZELTIQ Aesthetics (NASDAQ:
) and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:
Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top
decliner in the US market on Wednesday. Top losers in the sector
included USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:
), Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:
), and Ingredion (NYSE:
) posted a
profit in the latest
The company posted a quarterly profit of $23 million, or $0.01
per share, versus a year-ago loss of $1.6 billion, or $0.53 per
Its sales declined to $8.79 billion from $8.88 billion.
Analysts were expecting a loss of $0.02 per share on revenue of
Equities Trading UP
ZELTIQ Aesthetics (NASDAQ:
) shares shot up 29.90 percent to $21.55 after the company
reported upbeat quarterly results and issued a strong FY14
Shares of Twitter (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 22.47 percent to $47.26 after the
second-quarter results and issued an upbeat revenue forecast for
the third quarter. Analysts at Bank of America upgraded Twitter
from Neutral to Buy.
) shares were also up, gaining 26.27 percent to $16.15 after the
company announced its plans to acquire Cortina Systems.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Merit Medical Systems (NASDAQ:
) were down 13.70 percent to $12.72 after the company reported
downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak FY14 forecast.
DreamWorks Animation SKG (NASDAQ:
) shares tumbled 13.68 percent to $19.56 after the company posted
loss on revenue below analysts' estimates.
Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:
) was down, falling 12.23 percent to $146.71 despite the company
beating Q2 expectations and raising its 2014 outlook. Wunderlich
Securities analyst Robert M. Derrington lowered the price target
on the stock from $180.00 to $170.00.
In commodity news,
oil traded up 0.51 percent
to $101.48, while gold traded down 0.29 percent to $1,296.70.
Silver traded up 0.11 percent Wednesday to $20.61, while
copper rose 0.42 percent to $3.23.
were mostly lower
today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.08 percent, the Spanish
Ibex Index gained 0.72 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index
declined 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX jumped 0.11
percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.16 percent while UK
shares fell 0.14 percent.
The MBA reported that its index of mortgage application
activity declined 2.2% in the week ended July 25.
US economy's growth rate surged by 4.0% during the second
quarter, versus economists' expectations for a 3% growth
ADP reported that private sector added 218,000 in July, versus
the economists' expectations for a gain of 232,000.
The Federal Open Market Committee will announce its policy
decision at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The Treasury is set to auction 7-year notes.
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