Mid-Morning Market Update: US Markets Mixed; Family Dollar Posts Rise In Q4 Profit


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Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.11 percent to 14,792.39 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 3,680.77. The S&P rose, gaining 0.09 percent to 1,656.89.

Top Headline Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO ) reported a rise in its fourth-quarter profit.

Family Dollar's quarterly profit surged to $102.2 million, or $0.88 per share, versus $80.9 million, or $0.69 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding special items, it earned $0.86 per share.

Its revenue climbed to $2.50 billion from $2.36 billion, while comparable-store sales came in flat. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.57 billion. Family Dollar estimates 2014 earnings of $3.80 to $4.15 per share.

Equities Trading UP The Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW ) shot up 23.28 percent to $43.45 after Jos. A. Bank Clothiers offered to acquire Men's Wearhouse for around $2.3 billion. However, Men's Wearhouse decided to reject the offer.

Shares of Jos. A Bank Clothiers (NASDAQ: JOSB ) got a boost, shooting up 5.95 percent to $44.14 on merger talk.

Alcoa (NYSE: AA ) was also up, gaining 3.27 percent to $8.20 after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter results.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARIA ) were down 67.33 percent to $5.60 after the company reported that it is pausing patient enrollment in studies of Iclusig.

K12 (NYSE: LRN ) shares tumbled 32.70 percent to $19.24 on lower outlook. BMO Capital downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform.

Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM ) was down, falling 7.50 percent to $65.95 after the company reported a 68% drop in its third-quarter profit and lowered its forecast.

Commodities In commodity news, to $102.93, while gold traded down 1.12 percent to $1,309.80.

Silver traded down 2 percent Wednesday to $22.00, while copper fell 1.66 percent to $3.24.

Eurozone European shares today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.29 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index surged 1.30 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.13 percent and the French CAC 40 gained 0.47 percent while U.K. shares dropped 0.10 percent.

Economics The MBA's index of mortgage application activity rose 1.30% for the week ended October 4, versus a prior reading of 0.40% drop.

The Treasury is set to auction 10-year notes.

The Federal Open Market Committee will release minutes of its latest meeting at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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