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Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Shares Surge

Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.18% to 29,106.59 while the NASDAQ fell 0.18% to 9,385.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.42% to 3,311.65. Leading and Lagging Sectors

Benzinga · 01/24/2020 17:03

Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.18% to 29,106.59 while the NASDAQ fell 0.18% to 9,385.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.42% to 3,311.65.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Information technology shares climbed 0.6% on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Casa Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CASA), up 23%, and Atlassian Corporation PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM), up 11%.

In trading on Friday, health care shares fell 1.3%.

Top Headline

American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Friday.

American Express reported fourth-quarter earnings of $2.03 per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $2.01. The company reported quarterly sales of $11.365 billion, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $11.36 billion.

 

Equities Trading UP

SAExploration Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SAEX) shares shot up 33% to $3.01 after the company announced two new projects in offshore West Africa valued at $42 million. The company also announced it has reduced its debt by $14.5 million.

Shares of Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SNOA) got a boost, shooting up 28% to $6.25. Sonoma Pharmaceuticals commenced a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives for its U.S. Dermatology Division. Maxim Group has been engaged to assist in this process, the company added.

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) shares were also up, gaining 32% to $127.99 after Cantor Fitzgerald analysts reiterated an Overweight rating on the stock and raised the price target from $120 to $150.

Equities Trading DOWN

SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares tumbled 20% to $0.36. SenesTech priced its 3.55 million share common stock offering at $0.40 per share.

Shares of CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS) were down 39% to $0.49 after the company priced a 3.755 million unit offering at $0.55 per unit.

ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBLT) was down, falling 43% to $0.16 after the company reported pricing of upsized $9.0 million underwritten public offering.

 

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded down 2.6% to $54.15, while gold traded up 0.3% to $1,570.50.

Silver traded up 1.2% Friday to $18.04, while copper fell 1.4% to $2.6875.

Euro zone

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 1.03%, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.64%, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 1.15%. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 1.53%, and the French CAC 40 rose 1% while UK shares rose 1.14%.

Economics

The IHS Markit Composite PMI climbed to 53.1 in January, versus a reading of 52.7 in the prior month. The IHS Markit services PMI surged to 53.2 in January versus 52.8 in the prior month.

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