Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Recover as Coal Names Drop


Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.29 percent to 16,410.22 while the NASDAQ rose 0.50 percent to 4,218.52. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.17 percent to 1,841.20.

Top Headline Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ ) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter.

Verizon posted a quarterly profit of $5.07 billion, or $1.76 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share. Its adjusted earnings climbed to $0.66 per share from $0.38 per share.

Its revenue surged to $31.07 billion from $30.05 billion. However, analysts were estimating earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $31.04 billion.

Equities Trading UP Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY ) shot up 13.09 percent to $124.51 as the company reported upbeat Q4 earnings.

Shares of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT ) got a boost, shooting up 7.60 percent to $23.22 after the company received follow-on contract from the US Defense Logistics Agency.

Alcoa (NYSE: AA ) was also on the rise, gaining 6.60 percent to $12.12 after the company caught an upgrade from JP Morgan to Overweight, while bumping its price target to $15.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE ) were down 4.16 percent to $67.75. Search Metrics reported that Expedia may have lost 25% of their search visibility in Google.

Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT ) was down as well, dropping 7.16 percent to $12.96, possibly linked to the cut in production outlook from Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI ) earlier in the day.

FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE ) was down, falling 5.38 percent to $69.61 after JP Morgan downgraded the stock from Overweight to Neutral.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.58 percent to $95.14, while gold traded down 0.80 percent to $1,241.90.

Silver traded down 1.94 percent Tuesday to $19.93, while copper rose 0.16 percent to $3.35.

Eurozone European shares were mixed today. The Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.92 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.11 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.15 percent and the French CAC 40 jumped 0.02 percent while U.K. shares dropped 0.04 percent.

Economics On the economics calendar Tuesday, there is no important data due out.

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