Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Cool Off Slightly, Vertex Rises

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Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 1.08 percent to 15,203.44 while the NASDAQ gained 1.09 percent to 3,461.34. The S&P also rose, surging 0.98 percent to 1,638.88.

Top Headline Yesterday, Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK ) posted a loss in the fiscal second quarter.

Quiksilver posted a quarterly loss of $32.4 million, or $0.19 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $5.1 million, or $0.03 per share. Excluding one-time items, Quiksilver lost $0.12 per share.

Its revenue declined 7% to $458.7 million. However, analysts were projecting a profit of $0.04 per share on revenue of $505.4 million.

Equities Trading UP Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC ) traded up 15.63 percent to $13.39 after Stephens raised the price target from $13 to $20.

Shares of Thor Industries (NYSE: THO ) got a boost, shooting up 11.81 percent to $46.11 on upbeat Q3 profit.

Vertex Pharma (NASDAQ: VRTX ) was also up, gaining 6.54 percent to $83.11 despite there being little news on the company today.

Equities Trading DOWN TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO ) was down, falling 17.50 percent to $11.31 after the company announced settlement of patent litigation.

Shares of Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM ) were down 16.31 percent to $28.82 after the company disclosed that the IRS is reviewing its REIT request.

Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK ) shares tumbled 11.28 percent to $6.80 after the company posted a loss in the fiscal second quarter.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.97 percent to $95.68, while gold traded down 2.56 percent to $1,379.50.

Silver traded down 4.02 percent Friday to $21.80, while copper fell 1.34 percent to $3.27.

Eurozone European shares were higher today. The Bundesbank cut its 2013 and 2014 growth forecasts overnight and now sees 0.3 percent growth in 2013 and 1.5 percent growth in 2014 vs. 0.4 percent and 1.9 percent previously. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.63 percent and the Italian FTSE MIB Index gained 0.99 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 2.03 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 1.62 percent while U.K. shares gained 1.02 percent.

Economics The US economy added 175,000 jobs in May. The country's jobless rate rose to 7.6% from 7.5%. However, economists were estimating an addition of 164,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 7.5% in May. Data on consumer credit for April will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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