Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.39 percent to 17,318.56 while the NASDAQ slipped 0.02 percent to 4,967.70. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.30 percent to 2,027.27.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Tuesday, energy shares surged by 1.30 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU ), NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL ), and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL ).
In trading on Tuesday, healthcare shares dropped by 0.19 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ACRX ), down 6 percent, and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX ), down 7 percent.
ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG ) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal second quarter, but the company's sales missed analysts' estimates.
The company posted quarterly net income of $154.9 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to $10 million, or $0.02 per share, in the year-ago quarter. On an adjusted basis, the company's adjusted earnings came in at $0.71 per share.
Its sales dropped 1.4 percent to $3.09 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.34 billion.
Equities Trading UP
pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV ) shares shot up 33 percent to $4.93 after the company reported that Medidur has met primary efficacy endpoint in Phase 3 trial.
Shares of Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KPTI ) got a boost, shooting up 5 percent to $14.28. Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on Karyopharm Therapeutics with a Buy rating.
Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS ) shares were also up, gaining 2 percent to $90.72 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal second quarter and lifted its forecast for the fiscal year.
Equities Trading DOWN
Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS ) shares tumbled 23 percent to $14.54 after the company reported downbeat results for the third quarter and issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.
Shares of NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP ) were down 5 percent to $26.14. NetApp announced plans to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. RBC Capital downgraded NetApp from Outperform to Sector Perform.
Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ: SCSS ) was down, falling 3 percent to $20.71. Piper Jaffray downgraded Select Comfort from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the price target to $22.00.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.32 percent to $34.66, while gold traded down 0.54 percent to $1,074.80.
Silver traded down 0.28 percent Tuesday to $14.28, while copper fell 1.50 percent to $2.11.
European shares were mixed today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.08 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index jumped 0.53 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.19 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.09 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.05 percent, while U.K. shares rose 0.80 percent.
US gross domestic product climbed at an annual pace of 2 percent in the third quarter, versus economists' expectations for a 1.9 percent growth.
The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.50 percent in October, versus economists' expectations for a 0.40 percent growth.
Sales of existing homes dropped 10.5 percent at an annual rate of 4.76 million in November.
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