Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Trade in Swing-Prone Session as J.C. Penney Rallies

By Jake L'Ecuyer,

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Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.55 percent to 16,456.23 while the NASDAQ rose 0.08 percent to 4,078.85. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.35 percent to 1,869.56.

Leading and Lagging Sectors Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.83 percent in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included China Telecom Corp. (NYSE: CHA ),Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (NYSE: TKC ), and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE: CHU ). In trading on Monday, basic materials shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.75 percent.

Top decliners in the sector included Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM ), off 6.3 percent, and Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP ), down 4.3 percent.

Top Headline Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX ) announced its plans to buy Furiex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: FURX ) for up to $1.46 billion. Forest will pay around $95 per share, or around $1.1 billion in cash. Forest Labs will also pay up to $30 per share, or around $360 million in a contingent value right. The deal is projected to close in the second or third quarter of 2014.

Equities Trading UP Susser Holdings (NYSE: SUSS ) shares shot up 35.74 percent to $77.41 after Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP ) announced its plans to acquire Susser Holdings in a deal valued at around $1.8 billion.

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP ) was also on the rise, gaining 10.78 percent to $8.84 after the company after Calvin Klein parent PVH corporation stated at a conference that the company was strong and 'ahead of time".

AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE: AZN ) shares were also up, gaining 11.23 percent to $76.37 following the rejection of Pfizer's (NYSE: PFE ) $76.62 per share bid.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU ) were 8.55 percent to $23.76 after the company reported FQ3 results. New Oriental's quarterly net income surged 50.2% y/y to US$42.1 million versus US$28.0 million.

Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU ) shares tumbled 7.59 percent to $53.60 after the company reported a Q1 adjusted loss of $1.26 per share on revenue of $365.0 million.

Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG ) also took a hit on Monday's session, falling 14.53 percent to $4.60 after the company continued its sell off after pricing its 22.6 million share offering Friday morning at $5.50 per share.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded down 0.20 percent to $100.80, while gold traded down 0.25 percent to $1,297.70.

Silver traded down 0.54 percent Monday to $19.63, while copper fell 0.16 percent to $3.09.

Eurozone European shares were higher today.

The Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.10 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.65 percent.

Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.35 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 0.30 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.30 percent.

Economics The pending home sales index increased 3.4% to a reading of 97.4 in March from 94.2 in February, the National Association of Realtors said. However, economists were expecting a 1% gain.

The Dallas Fed general business activity index rose to 11.70 in April, versus a prior reading of 4.90. However, economists were expecting a reading of 6.00.

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Referenced Stocks: PLUG , SOHU , SUSS , AZN , CHA

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