Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Pure Storage Falls On Downbeat Earnings; Ascent Capital Group Shares Climb

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Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.3 percent to 25799 while the NASDAQ fell 0.33 percent to 7759. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.24 percent to 2,857.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares rose by 0.7 percent on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Companhia de Saneamento Bsc DEDSP (NYSE: SBS ), up 6 percent, and Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (NYSE: CIG ), up 3 percent.

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.7 percent.

Top Headline

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT ) reported better-than-expected Q1 results.

Targe t report ed first-quarter earnings of $1.53 per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $1.43. Target reported quarterly sales of $17.62 billion, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $17.5 billion.

Target sees second quarter EPS in the range of $1.52-$1.72 versus a $1.59 estimate. The retailer sees FY2019 adjusted EPS $5.75-$6.05 versus a $5.83 estimate. .

Equities Trading UP

Sea Limited (NYSE: SE ) shares shot up 24 percent to $31.55 after the company reported Q1 sales results higher from last year.

Shares of Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN ) got a boost, shooting up 131 percent to $0.90 after the company reported expanded data from a large scale commercial use study that was presented at the Digestive Disease Week.

Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCMA ) shares were also up, gaining 51 percent to $1.37 after the company announced a restructuring support agreement with Monitronics International.

Equities Trading DOWN

Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ: TOCA ) shares tumbled 35 percent to $5.73 after the company reported the Toca 5 Phase 3 trial in patients with recurrent brain cancer will continue without modification following a planned interim analysis of data.

Shares of OncoSec Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: ONCS ) were down 32 percent to $2.74 after the company reported a common stock public offering of 3.5 million shares priced at $3.15 per share.

Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE: PSTG ) was down, falling 24 percent to $15.71 after the company reported worse-than-expected Q1 EPS and sales results.


In commodity news, oil traded down 3 percent to $61.22, while gold traded up 0.1 percent to $1,274.20.

Silver traded up 0.3 percent Wednesday to $14.45, while copper fell 1.4 percent to $2.6765.

Euro zone

European shares closed mostly lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.08 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index declined 0.07 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.21 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.12 percent while UK shares gained 0.07 percent.


U.S. crude supplies climbed 4.7 million barrels for the week ended May 17, the Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts projected a decline of 2 million barrels. Gasoline inventories rose 3.7 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles gained 800,000 barrels last week.

The Federal Open Market Committee issued minutes of its meeting.

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic will speak in Dallas, TX at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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