Entering the final hour of trading on Friday, the Dow traded
down 0.22 percent to 16,809.53 while the NASDAQ gained 0..20
percent to 4,387.18. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.08 percent
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Friday, technology shares were relative leaders,
up on the day by about 0.31 percent. Top gainers in the sector
included Aware (NASDAQ:
), up 15.4 percent, and Progress Software (NASDAQ:
), up 7.7 percent.
Energy shares dropped around 0.22 percent in today's trading.
Top decliners in the sector included Daqo New Energy (NYSE:
), PDC Energy (NASDAQ:
), and YPF SA (NYSE:
Finish Line (NASDAQ:
fiscal first-quarter earnings.
Finish Line's quarterly profit surged to $12.4 million, or
$0.25 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $5.1 million, or
$0.10 per share. Excluding certain items, it earned $0.28 per
Its sales climbed 16% to $406.5 million. However, analysts
were projecting earnings of $0.21 per share on sales of $394
Equities Trading UP
Progress Software (NASDAQ:
) shares shot up 8 percent to $24.02 after the company reported
stronger-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings and issued
an upbeat outlook.
Shares of Nike (NYSE:
) got a boost, shooting up 1.29 percent to $77.85 after the
company reported better-than-expected
earnings. Nike posted its quarterly earnings of $0.78 per share
on revenue of $7.43 billion. However, analysts were expecting a
profit of $0.75 per share on revenue of $7.34 billion.
The Manitowoc Company (NYSE:
) shares were also up, gaining 11.92 percent to $33.25 after
Relational Investors bought an 8.5% stake in the company and
urged for splitting it in two. Jefferies upgraded Manitowoc from
Underperform to Hold and raised the price target from $24.00 to
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:
) were 3.81 percent to $17.40 on FQ3 results. Commercial Metals
posted a quarterly profit of $23.6 million, or $0.20 per share,
versus a year-ago profit of $19 million, or $0.16 per share.
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE:
) shares tumbled 4.15 percent to $64.89 after the company cut its
profit guidance for the second-quarter and year.
Dollar General (NYSE:
) was down, falling 6.92 percent to $57.40 after the company's
announced his plans to retire.
In commodity news,
oil traded down 0.20 percent
to $105.63, while gold traded up 0.17 percent to $1,319.20.
Silver traded up 0.22 percent Friday to $21.11, while copper
fell 0.20 percent to $3.17.
The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.03 percent, the Spanish IBEX
Index dropped 0.26 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index slipped
Meanwhile, the German DAX climbed 0.11 percent and the French
CAC 40 tumbled 0.06 percent while UK shares gained 0.42
The final reading of Reuter's/University of Michigan's
consumer sentiment index surged to 82.5 in June, versus a final
reading of 81.9 in May. However, economists were projecting a
final reading of 81.9.
Data on farm prices for June will be released at 3:00 p.m.
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