Mid-Afternoon Market Update: NASDAQ Down 1.2%; Wesco Aircraft Shares Tumble

Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.27 percent to 23,900.70 while the NASDAQ declined 1.20 percent to 6,829.63. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.09 percent to 2,624.73.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) and SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN).

In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 2.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), down 15 percent, and Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) down 13 percent.

Top Headline

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) posted better-than-expected results for its third quarter.

Tiffany posted quarterly earnings of $0.80 per share on revenue of $976.2 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.76 per share on revenue of $957 million. Its comparable store sales slipped 1 percent during the quarter.

Equities Trading UP

Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares shot up 11 percent to $4.27 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.

Shares of China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $8.84. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million. The company expects Q1 sales of $33.6 million to $35.2 million and FY18 sales of $150.6 million to $157.2 million. The company also declared a $0.45 per ADS special dividend.

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $10.35 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Equities Trading DOWN

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc (NYSE: WAIR) shares dropped 12 percent to $6.78 as the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

Shares of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) were down 15 percent to $109.84. Autodesk reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak FY18 guidance. The company also announced plans to lay off around 1,150 employees.

Gridsum Holding Inc – ADR (NASDAQ: GSUM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $8.91 after reporting Q3 results.


In commodity news, oil traded down 1.55 percent to $57.09 while gold traded down 0.93 percent to $1,287.10.

Silver traded down 1.73 percent Wednesday to $16.625, while copper fell 0.89 percent to $3.071.


European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 surged 0.26 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.22 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.15 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.02 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.14 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.90 percent.


The U.S. gross domestic product rose 3.3 percent in the third quarter, versus prior reading of 3 percent growth. Economists were expecting a 3.2 percent growth for the quarter.

The pending home sales index rose 3.5 percent to a reading of 109.3 for October. However, economists were expecting a 1 percent growth.

Domestic crude supplies dropped 3.43 million barrels for the week ended November 24, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts projected a fall of 2.30 million barrels. Gasoline stockpiles gained 3.63 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles rose 2.75 million barrels for the week.

The Federal Open Market Committee released its Beige Book report.

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