Midday Update: Wall Street Turns Defensive on Mixed Earnings, Inflation Pressures

Stocks retreated Wednesday from record highs set yesterday as investors fret over rising price pressures and mixed corporate earnings from Macy's ( M ) and John Deere ( DE ). Selling has been mild, however, allowing the major indices to hug a paper-thin range near yesterday's closing levels.

Producer prices jumped 0.6% last month, the largest monthly gain in the inflation barometer in more than 18 months and topping estimates looking for a 0.2% increase. Excluding the more volatile food and fuel segment, producer prices increased 0.5%, also topping forecasts expecting a 0.2% rise.

European markets were mixed at the close as overseas investors digested the combination of bullish UK employment data and downbeat EU-zone industrial production against dovish comments from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney which ruled out an imminent increase in UK rates.

Crude oil was up $0.79 to $102.49 per barrel. Natural gas was up $0.0.02 to $4.39 per 1 million BTU. Gold was up $9.90 to $1,304.70 an ounce, while silver was up $0.24 to $19.79 an ounce. Copper was up $0.02 to $3.15 per pound.

Among energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund was up 0.67% to $37.29 with the United States Natural Gas Fund was up 0.08% to $24.23. Amongst precious-metal funds, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF was up 0.99% to 24.00 while SPDR Gold Shares were up 0.83% to $125.64. The iShares Silver Trust was up 1.28% to $19.01.

Here's where the markets stand at mid-day:

NYSE Composite Index down 12.92 (-0.12%) to 10,689.94

Dow Jones Industrial Average down 61.59 (-0.37%) to 16,653.85

S&P 500 down 4.30 (-0.23%) to 18,93.15

Nasdaq Composite Index down 12.14 (-0.29%) to 4,118.03


Nikkei 225 Index down 0.14%

Hang Seng Index up 1.03%

Shanghai China Composite Index down 0.14%

FTSE 100 Index up 0.08%

CAC 40 down 0.09%

DAX unchanged


NYSE Energy Sector Index up 0.10%

NYSE Financial Sector Index down 0.31%

NYSE Healthcare Sector Index up 0.07%


(+) STKL, SOY.TO (+12.00%) Reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings and revenues.

(+) CLDX (+25.73%) Struck a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb ( BMY ).

(+) PTX (+28.74%) $250 million deal to buy U.S. rights to treximet from GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ).

(+) SUMR (+46.39%) Earnings and revenues beat street forecasts.


(-) HYGS, HYG.TO (-23.18%) Begun the sale of shares from its treasury and by selling shareholder Commscope.

(-) ENZY (-28.92%) Earnings missed estimates and warned of lower Q2 and FY 2014 sales.

(-) ZU (-9.23%) Lock-up period expires allowing investors to sell shares offered in IPO.

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