Mid-Day Market Update: Netflix Jumps On Upbeat Results; American Eagle Shares Fall
Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 1.08 percent to 16,196.77 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.90 percent to 4,204.68. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.97 percent to 1,826.91.
Top Headline McDonald's (NYSE: MCD ) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. McDonald's quarterly earnings rose to $1.397 billion, or $1.40 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $1.396 billion, or $1.38 per share. Its revenue gained 2% to $7.09 billion. However, analysts were expecting a profit of $1.39 per share on revenue of $7.1 billion. McDonald's global sales fell 0.1% at established locations.Equities Trading UP Logitech International SA (NASDAQ: LOGI ) shot up 22.23 percent to $16.16 after the company reported strong FQ3 results and lifted its full-rear guidance.
F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV ) was also up, gaining 6.69 percent to $104.00 after the company reported upbeat FQ1 results and issued strong FQ2 outlook. Janney Capital upgraded the stock from Neutral to Buy and lifted the price target from $83.00 to $122.00.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO ) were down 14.61 percent to $4.91. Global Hunter downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and cut the price target from $12.00 to $6.00.
Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG ) shares tumbled 6.38 percent to $21.28 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results and lowered its FY14 earnings forecast.
American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO ) was down, falling 10 percent to $12.88 after the company reported that its CEO Robert Hanson is leaving the company. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold.
Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 0.92 percent to $97.62, while gold traded up 1.91 percent to $1,262.30. Silver traded up 1.21 percent Thursday to $20.08, while copper fell 1.51 percent to $3.29.
Eurozone European shares were lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index declined 0.37 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index tumbled 0.72 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 0.92 percent and the French CAC 40 slipped 1.02 percent while U.K. shares declined 0.78 percent.
Economics U.S. initial jobless claims rose by 1,000 to 326,000 in the week ended January 18. However, economists were estimating claims to total 330,000 in the week. U.S. Chicago Fed National Activity Index fell to 0.16 in December. However, economists were expecting a reading of 0.90. Home prices rose 0.1% in November, and gained 7.6% y/y in the month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The flash reading of the U.S. manufacturing PMI declined to 53.7 in January, versus December's reading of 55. However, economists were expecting a reading of 55. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index came in at -31.00 for the week ended January 19, versus a prior reading of -31.00. Sales of existing U.S. homes climbed 1% to an annual rate of 4.87 million in December. However, economists were estimating a rate of 4.9 million in the month. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.10% in December, versus economists' expectations for a 0.20% growth. Natural gas supplies fell by 107 billion cubic feet for the week ended January 17, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. However, analysts were projecting a drop of 102 billion cubic feet to 106 billion cubic feet. Crude supplies climbed by 1 million barrels for the week ended January 17, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a fall of 1.9 million barrels. Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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