Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Commercial Metals Profit Beats Estimates

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Following the market opening Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.20 percent to 24,873.67 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.53 percent to 7,044.02. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.35 percent to 2,705.27.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday morning, the technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN ) and HRG Group Inc (NYSE: HRG ).

In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.80 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL ), down 5 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK ) down 4 percent.

Top Headline

Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC ) posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.

Commercial Metals reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.2 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $0.17 per share on sales of $1.1 billion.

Equities Trading UP

SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG ) shares shot up 23 percent to $47.79. Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE: D ) announced plans to buy Scana in a $7.9 billion all-stock deal.

Shares of Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC ) got a boost, shooting up 6 percent to $24.08 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI ) shares were also up, gaining 8 percent to $39.75. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded BJ's Restaurants from Hold to Buy.

Equities Trading DOWN

Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI ) shares dropped 8 percent to $12.19 after the company reported the termination of its merger deal with China's Ant Financial, due to the CFIUS rejected the companies proposals related to protecting personal data.

Shares of Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ATRA ) were down 6 percent to $17.05 after the company reported a proposed offering of common stock.

Crispr Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ: CRSP ) was down, falling around 7 percent to $23.41. CRISPR Therapeutics disclosed a proposed public offering of common shares.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.86 percent to $60.89 while gold traded up 0.13 percent to $1,317.80.

Silver traded up 0.11 percent Wednesday to $17.225, while copper fell 0.59 percent to $3.2585.


European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 climbed 0.20 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.16 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index fell 0.42 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.46 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.42 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.12 percent.


The ISM manufacturing index gained to 59.70 in December, versus prior reading of 58.20. Economists were expecting a reading of 58.10.

U.S. construction spending rose 0.8 percent for November, versus economists' expectations for a 0.6 percent growth.

The Federal Open Market Committee will issue minutes of its latest meeting at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Referenced Symbols: BJRI , CNSL , CMC , D , MGI

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