by: Lisa Levin, Benzinga Staff Writer
Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.42 percent to 26,361.31 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.19 percent to 7,429.18. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.13 percent to 2,841.13.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Thursday, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Pacific Biosciences of California PACB 13.89% and MannKind Corporation MNKD 35.69%.
In trading on Thursday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Briggs & Stratton Corporation BGG 8.2%, down 10 percent, and Sears Holdings Corp SHLD 7.5% down 8 percent.
Caterpillar Inc. CAT 0.37% reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.
Caterpillar earned $2.16 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $12.9 billion, while Wall Street analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.79 per share on revenue of $11.98 billion.
Caterpillar expects FY18 adjusted earnings of $8.25 to $9.25 per share, versus analysts’ estimates of $8.19 per share.
Equities Trading UP
Key Technology, Inc. KTEC 50% shares shot up 50 percent to $26.62 as Duravant announced plans to purchase Key Technology at $26.75 per share in cash.
Shares of Menlo Therapeutics Inc. MNLO 46.18% got a boost, shooting up 39 percent to $23.55. Menlo Therapeutics priced its IPO at $17 per share.
Summit Therapeutics PLC (ADR) SMMT 16.01% shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $15.40 after the company disclosed that ezutromisd significantly reduced muscle damage in DMD patients in 24-week interim data.
Equities Trading DOWN
ConforMIS Inc CFMS 33.7% shares dropped 34 percent to $1.50. ConforMIS priced 13.33 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
Shares of Horizon Global Corp HZN 26.7% were down 26 percent to $9.48 after the company lowered its FY17 forecast.
Newell Brands Inc NWL 22.21% was down, falling around 22 percent to $24.35 after the company cut its FY17 guidance. The company also disclosed that it is exploring a series of strategic initiatives for some of its assets.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.94 percent to $66.23 while gold traded up 0.03 percent to $1,361.80.
Silver traded up 0.18 percent Thursday to $17.52, while copper fell 0.17 percent to $3.223.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.80 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.01 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.09 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 1.27 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.60 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.39 percent.
U.S. initial jobless claims increased 13,000 to 233,000 in the latest week. However, economists were expecting claims to reach 236,000 last week.
New-home sales declined 9.3 percent at an annual rate of 625,000 in December. Economists projected a 680,000 annual rate for December.
U.S. leading economic indicators rose 0.6 percent for December.
Domestic supplies of natural gas slipped 288 billion cubic feet for the week ended January 19, the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Analysts estimated a drop of 272 billion cubic feet.
The Kansas City Fed composite index rose to 16 for January, versus prior reading of 14. Analysts were expecting a reading of 14.
The Treasury is set to auction 7-year notes 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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