Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.19 percent to 24,186.25while the NASDAQ climbed 0.66 percent to 6,821.13. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.28 percent to 2,636.59.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell 0.3 percent.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Dollar General posted quarterly earnings of $0.98 per share on revenue of $5.90 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.94 per share on revenue of $5.80 billion.
Dollar General narrowed its FY 2017 earnings guidance from $4.35-$4.50 per share, to $4.37-$4.47 per share.
Equities Trading UP
SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) shares shot up 73 percent to $159.39 after the company disclosed that Phase 2 trial of SAGE-217 met its primary endpoint.
Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) shares were also up, gaining 39 percent to $3.82 after the firm raised 2018 revenue guidance 50 percent from $25 million to between $36 million and $38 million. The change is justified by a swell in orders at Digital Power’s defense and commercial units, including a major Microphase Corporation order from the U.S. Air Force.
Equities Trading DOWN
LendingClub Corp (NYSE: LC) shares dropped 14 percent to $3.66 following weak Q4 and FY18 guidance.
Shares of Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH) were down 16 percent to $16.20 after the company posted downbeat Q3 results.
Argan, Inc. (NYSE: AGX) was down, falling around 17 percent to $47.50 following Q3 results.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.32 percent to $56.14 while gold traded down 0.79 percent to $1,256.10.
Silver traded down 0.88 percent Thursday to $15.815, while copper rose 0.46 percent to $2.975.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.01 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.55 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.50 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.27 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.14 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.19 percent.
Initial jobless claims dropped 2,000 to 236,000 in the latest week. Economists projected claims to total 238,000 last week.
The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Data on consumer credit for November will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET,
Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.