Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Joy Global Profit Drops 5.3%


Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.08 percent to 14,787.63 while the NASDAQ surged 0.22 percent to 3,586.36. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.08 percent to 1,631.73.

Top Headline Joy Global (NYSE: JOY ) reported a 5.3% fall in its fiscal third-quarter earnings.

Joy Global's quarterly profit fell to $183.2 million, or $1.71 per share, from $193.5 million, or $1.81 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, its earnings declined to $1.70 per share from $1.87 per share.

Its sales declined 4.9% to $1.32 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.37 per share on revenue of $1.18 billion. Joy Global reported a 36% drop in its orders.

Equities Trading UP Astex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ASTX ) shot up 20.80 percent to $6.62 after the company announced topline results of SGI-110 AML Phase 2 study.

Shares of Express (NYSE: EXPR ) got a boost, shooting up 8.33 percent to $21.45 after the company reported a 6.8% rise in its fiscal second-quarter profit and lifted its full-year earnings forecast.

Avago Technologies (NYSE: AVGO ) was also up, gaining 6.72 percent to $39.01 after the company issued upbeat fiscal fourth-quarter sales forecast.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of AutoNavi Holdings (NASDAQ: AMAP ) were down 10.37 percent to $13.13 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results.

Joy Global (NYSE: JOY ) shares tumbled 5.03 percent to $48.73 on FQ3 results.

Ryanair Holdings plc (NASDAQ: RYAAY ) was down, falling 2.79 percent to $47.26 after the U.K. regulator ordered the airline to lower its 28.9% stake in Aer Lingus.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.87 percent to $109.96, while gold traded up 0.47 percent to $1,426.90.

Silver traded up 0.57 percent Wednesday to $24.84, while copper fell 0.57 percent to $3.32.

Eurozone European shares today. The Spanish Ibex Index dropped 1.08 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index gained 0.14%. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 1.61 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 0.72 percent while U.K. shares dropped 0.64 percent.

Economics Mortgage applications fell 2.5% for the week ending August 23, 2013, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The pending home sales index declined 1.3% in July.

The Treasury is set to auction 5-year notes.

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Referenced Stocks: AMAP , AVGO , EXPR , JOY , RYAAY

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