Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.34 percent to 25,414.92 while the NASDAQ declined 0.72 percent to 7,587.82. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.4 percent to 2,789.44.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Monday morning, the utilities shares climbed 0.02 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC ) up 5 percent, and Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras (NYSE: EBR ) up 3 percent.
In trading on Monday, information technology shares fell 1 percent.
Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO ) reported upbea t earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed views.
Winnebago reported quarterly earnings of $0.60 per share on sales of $432.69 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.59 per share on sales of $461.92 million.
Equities Trading UP
Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA ) shares got a boost, shooting up 33 percent to $17.53 following media reports the company is considering a leveraged buyout offer around $20 per share.
Shares of TIER REIT, Inc. (NYSE: TIER ) shot up 9 percent to $27.66. Cousins Properties and TIER REIT agreed to merge in a 100 percent stock transaction.
The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY ) shares were also up, gaining 8 percent to $2.7166 after signing a joint venture agreement with Faraday&Future to manufacture, market, distribute, and sell electric cars in China.
Equities Trading DOWN
Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTI ) shares dropped 57 percent to $1.7650 after the company said a 14 day study of its Cystic Fibrosis treatment did not show improvement.
Shares of Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH ) were down 38 percent to $6.04 after the company's marketing application for IV Meloxicam was rejected by the FDA.
Gridsum Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: GSUM ) was down, falling around 17 percent to $2.58.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.2 percent to $58.91 while gold traded up 0.5 percent to $1,318.60.
Silver traded up 0.9 percent Monday to $15.545, while copper rose 0.3 percent to $2.85.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 dropped 0.5 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.1 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.1 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.1 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.2 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.6 percent.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index fell to a reading of -0.29 in February, compared to -0.25 in January.
The Dallas Fed manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
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