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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Procter & Gamble Sales Miss Views


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Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.41 percent to 25,410.80 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.01 percent to 7,630.76. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.28 percent to 2,810.43.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday morning, the real estate shares climbed 1.84 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI ) up 4 percent, and American Tower Corporation (REIT) (NYSE: AMT ) up 5 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent.

Top Headline

Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG ) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, while sales missed estimates

The company said it earned $0.94 per share in the quarter on revenue of $16.50 billion versus expectations of $0.90 per share and $16.54 billion.

Procter & Gamble expects FY19 earnings of around $4.45 per share.

Equities Trading UP

Naked Brand Group Limited (NASDAQ: NAKD ) shares shot up 37 percent to $5.67 after the company reported an agreement with CVS Health and launched Heidi Klum Intimates Solutions line to over 4,000 CVS locations across the United States.

Shares of Medpace Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDP ) got a boost, shooting up 33 percent to $62.62 after the company reported upbeat Q2 earnings.

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII ) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $41.50 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q2 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

SSLJ.com Limited (NASDAQ: SSLJ ) shares dropped 31 percent to $1.4938 after the company reported appointment of new CEO and CFO.

Shares of IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP ) were down 26 percent to $166.03 as the company posted weaker-than-expected Q2 results.

Varonis Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: VRNS ) was down, falling around 23 percent to $55.05 after reporting a second-quarter earnings miss.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.64 percent to $69.68 while gold traded down 0.20 percent to $1,229.00.

Silver traded down 0.24 percent Tuesday to $15.50, while copper fell 0.20 to $2.7865.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.22 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.65 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 1.20 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.01 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.26 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.62 percent.

Economics

The Federal Open Market Committee will begin its two-day policy meeting today.

U.S. personal income rose 0.4 percent for June, while consumer spending gained 0.4 percent for June.

The employment cost index rose 0.6 percent for the second quarter.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index increased 6.5 percent year-over-year for May, versus a revised 6.7 percent gain in April.

The Chicago PMI increased 1.4 points to a reading of 65.5 for July.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index gained to a reading of 127.40 for July, versus prior reading of 126.40. Economists projected a reading of 126.50.

The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Referenced Symbols: HSII , IPGP , AMT , PG , VRNS



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