Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.47 percent to 26,342.36 while the NASDAQ declined 0.29 percent to 7,872.91. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.02 percent to 2,873.85.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Thursday, the communication services shares rose 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) up 6 percent, and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) up 7 percent.
In trading on Thursday, information technology shares fell 0.7 percent.
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.
Constellation Brands reported quarterly earnings of $1.84 per share on sales of $1.797 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.72 per share on sales of $1.73 billion.
Constellation Brands said it expects FY20 comparable earnings of $8.50 to $8.80 per share. The company agreed to sell around 30 of its brands from its wine and spirits portfolio to E. & J. Gallo Winery for $1.7 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) shares got a boost, shooting up 25 percent to $1.36 after the company entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Xingshan People's Government for the construction of an industrial hemp planting base.
Shares of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (NASDAQ: TNXP) shot up 20 percent to $2.80. Tonix, a biopharma company developing treatments for serious neuropsychiatric and central nervous system conditions, said it plans to expand its TNX-102 SL 5.6 mg program beyond post-traumatic stress disorder. TNX-102 SL, or Tonmya, a non-opioid, centrally acting analgesic, is the company's lead late-stage assetbeing evaluated for PTSD in a Phase 3 trial.
Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $8.23 after the company announced a reorganization plan in its acute care segment and raised FY19 sales guidance.
Equities Trading DOWN
InspireMD Inc (NYSE: NSPR) shares dropped 35 percent to $4.6707 after the company priced its 487,000 share offering at $5 per share.
Shares of Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT) were down 60 percent to $3.09 after surging 55.20 percent on Wednesday. Ocean Power Technologies announced a $15 million offering priced at $3.50 per share.
Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN) was down, falling around 15 percent to $14.77 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter on Wednesday.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.1 percent to $62.50 while gold traded down 0.3 percent to $1,291.90.
Silver traded down 0.4 percent Thursday to $15.045, while copper fell 1.1 percent to $2.9155.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.27 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.49 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.23 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.28 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.09 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.22 percent.
Jobless claims dropped 10,000 to 202,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting a reading of 216,000.
Domestic supplies of natural gas gained 23 billion cubic feet for the week ended March 22, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a gained of 10 billion cubic feet.
Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker will speak in Philadelphia, PA at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester is set to speak in Columbus, Ohio at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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