Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.17 percent to 25,746.35 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.07 percent to 7,648.55. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.13 percent to 2,814.55.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Thursday, the financial shares climbed 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH ) up 19 percent, and National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC ) up 8 percent.
In trading on Thursday, materials shares fell 0.7 percent.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG ) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter and issued weak 2019 outlook.
Dollar General reported quarterly earnings of $1.84 per share on sales of $6.65 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.88 per share on sales of $6.61 billion. Its same-store sales increased 4 percent.
Dollar General expects FY19 earnings of $6.30 to $6.50 per share on sales growth of 7 percent year over year. Analysts projec t earnings of $6.65 per share. The company raised its quarterly dividend from $0.29 to $0.32 per share and reported a $1 billion buyback plan.
Equities Trading UP
Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS ) shares got a boost, shooting up 259 percent to $5.42 after the company received FDA approval of oral Endoxifen for 'expanded access' as a post-mastectomy treatment for a US breast cancer patient.
Shares of Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI ) shot up 34 percent to $2.4932 after the company reported higher-than-expected Q4 EPS and sales results.
Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ: AKTX ) shares were also up, gaining 28 percent to $7.54 after surging 224.18 percent on Wednesday. The company announced a successful Type B, pre-IND meeting with the FDA regarding Akari's proposed pivotal clinical trial program for hematopoietic stem cell transplant-related thrombotic microangiopathy.
Equities Trading DOWN
Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD ) shares dropped 23 percent to $9.02 after the company reported lower-than-expected Q4 sales results.
Shares of Legacy Reserves Inc. (NASDAQ: LGCY ) were down 51 percent to $0.6771 after the company announced a review of strategic alternatives; alternatives include a sale or other business combination transaction, sales of assets and financing transactions.
FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTD ) was down, falling around 23 percent to $1.25 after the company reported Q4 sales of $247.5 million, down from $278.1 million last year, and cut FY19 sales and EBITDA guidance.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.2 percent to $58.37 while gold traded down 1.1 percent to $1,295.30.
Silver traded down 1.8 percent Thursday to $15.175, while copper fell 1.3 percent to $2.8975.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.64 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.28 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.58 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.01 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.6 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.43 percent.
Initial jobless claims increased 6,000 to 229,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting a 225,000 reading.
The import price index rose 0.6 percent in February, while export prices increased 0.6 percent.
Sales of new U.S. homes fell 6.9 percent in January to an annual rate of 607,000. However, analysts were expecting a 622,000 rate.
Domestic supplies of natural gas dropped 204 billion cubic feet for the week ended March 8, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts expected a decline of 208 billion cubic feet.
Data on money supply for the latest week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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