Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.16
percent to 15,359.38 while the NASDAQ surged 0.27 percent to
3,778.27. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.19 percent to
Top Headline AutoZone (NYSE:
) reported a
in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.
AutoZone's quarterly profit surged to $371.2 million, or
$10.42 per share, from $323.7 million, or $8.46 per share, in the
year-ago period. Its adjusted earnings came in at $9.76 per
Its net sales climbed 12% to $3.1 billion, while sales at
stores open at least one year jumped 1%. However, analysts were
expecting earnings of $10.34 per share on sales of $3.09 billion.
AutoZone's total auto-parts sales climbed 10% to $2.99 billion.
However, its domestic commercial sales jumped 17% to $506.8
Equities Trading UP MAKO Surgical (NASDAQ:
) shot up 82.19 percent to $29.46 after the company
agreed to be acquired
by Stryker (NYSE:
) for $30 per share in cash.
Shares of Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:
) got a boost, shooting up 15.30 percent to $19.97 after the
company reported upbeat fiscal fourth-quarter results.
Ctrip.com International (NASDAQ:
) was also up, gaining 7.44 percent to $55.18 after analysts at
Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock from Hold to Buy.
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:
) were down 13.34 percent to $63.71 on a report from Bloomberg
that the company has received no interest from buyers.
) shares tumbled 9.15 percent to $27.19 after the company
reported a drop in its fiscal first-quarter profit.
J. C. Penney Company (NYSE:
) was down, falling 11.43 percent to $10.54 after Dow Jones
reported that J.C. Penney will hire around 35,000 holiday season
Commodities In commodity news,
oil traded up 0.31 percent
to $103.45, while gold traded up 1.50 percent to $1,336.10.
Silver traded up 1.34 percent Wednesday to $21.88, while
copper rose 0.45 percent to $3.27.
Eurozone European shares
today. The Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.84 percent, while Italy's
FTSE MIB Index rose 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX
dropped 0.02 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 0.01 percent
while U.K. shares declined 0.27 percent.
Economics The MBA's index of mortgage application activity
climbed 5.5% in the week ended September 20, versus a rise of
11.2% in the week ended September 13.
US durable-goods orders rose 0.1% in August, while core
durable-goods orders fell 0.1% in the month.
US new home sales climbed 7.9% to an annual rate of 421,000 in
August. However, economists were projecting sales to rise to a
rate of 420,000 in August.
Crude stockpiles increased 2.6 million barrels for the week
ended September 20, the US Energy Information Administration
reported. However, analysts were expecting a fall of 1.5 million
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