Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.51 percent to 24,282.87 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.08 percent to 7,099.81. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.22 percent to 2,651.08.
Leading and Lagging Sectors;
On Wednesday, the consumer discretionary shares climbed 0.49 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company HMHC 9.22%, up 7 percent, and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. HLT 5.73%, up 5 percent.
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunication services shares fell 1.22 percent.
Fastenal Company FAST 7.22% reported in-line results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
Fastenal reported Q1 earnings of $0.61 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $0.61 per share on sales of $1.19 billion.
Equities Trading UP;
EyeGate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. EYEG 23.48% shares shot up 17 percent to $0.3857 after the company disclosed ‘positive’ new 12-week and 26-week results from its ongoing Phase 2 study of seladelpar in patients with primary biliary cholangitis at the International Liver Congress 2018.
Shares of AeroVironment, Inc. AVAV 18.98% got a boost, shooting up 17 percent to $54.3503. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded AeroVironment from Hold to Buy.
CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. CBAY 15.58% shares were also up, gaining 23 percent to $14.83 after the company disclosed ‘positive’ new 12-week and 26-week results from its ongoing Phase 2 study of seladelpar in patients with primary biliary cholangitis at the International Liver Congress 2018.
Equities Trading DOWN;
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. BW 37.77% shares dropped 36 percent to $2.389 after the company amended rights offering. The company increased size to $248 million and lowered per share subscription price from $3 to $2.
Shares of Intec Pharma Ltd. NTEC 18.36% were down 18 percent to $5.250. Intec Pharma priced its 6.75 million share offering at $5.25 per share for gross proceeds of $35.4 million.
Analogic Corporation ALOG 13.19% was down, falling around 13 percent to $83.35 after the company agreed to be acquired by Altaris Capital Affiliate for $84 per share.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.67 percent to $65.95 while gold traded up 0.74 percent to $1,355.80.
Silver traded up 0.75 percent Wednesday to $16.72, while copper fell 0.26 percent to $3.129.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 tumbled 0.37 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.12 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.28 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.64 percent, and the French CAC 40 fell 0.40 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.10 percent.
The MBA’s index of mortgage application activity declined 1.8 percent for the latest week.
The Consumer Price Index fell 0.1 percent for March.
Crude supplies rose 3.3 million barrels for the week ended April 6, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. Analysts expected a gain of 100,000 barrels. Gasoline stockpiles rose 500,000 barrels, while distillate stockpiles declined 1 million barrels for the week.
The Federal Open Market Committee will issue minutes of its latest meeting at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The Treasury is set to auction 10-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The Treasury budget report for March is schedule for release at 2:00 p.m. ET.