Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 0.16 percent to 22,000.13 while the NASDAQ declined 0.45 percent to 6,334.12. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.22 percent to 2,470.79.
Leading and Lagging Sectors;
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.52 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd BCOM 1.37%, down 2 percent, and PLDT Inc (ADR) PHI 3.35%, down 3 percent.
Apple Inc. AAPL 5.1% reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Apple reported Q3 earnings of $1.67 per share, beating estimates by 10 cents. Sales came in at $45.4 billion, topping estimates by $510 million.
Per usual, it was all eyes on iPhone sales, which came in at 41 million units. Apple sold 11.42 million iPad units and 4.29 million Mac units.
Equities Trading UP;
Systemax Inc. SYX 23.04% shares shot up 22 percent to $23.32 as the company reported stronger-than-expected Q2 results.
Shares of Spark Therapeutics Inc c ONCE 16.06% got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $77.54. Spark Therapeutics reported a Q2 loss of $74.4 million on revenue of $1.5 million.
PharMerica Corporation PMC 15.37% shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $28.88 as the company agreed to be acquired by KKR for $29.25 per share in cash.
Equities Trading DOWN;
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc AMC 23.32% shares dropped 24 percent to $15.90 following a poor outlook. The company said that it expects to lose $1.34 to $1.36 per share (after earning $0.24 per share last year) in the second quarter on revenue of $1.2 billion to $1.204 billion versus Wall Street’s expectations for $1.26 billion.
Shares of RadiSys Corporation RSYS 30.33% were down 30 percent to $1.72. Radisys reported Q2 adjusted loss of $0.06 per share on sales of $35.1 million. For the current quarter, RadiSys projects a loss of $0.13 per share to a loss of $0.09 per share, and revenue of $26 million to $30 million.
Flotek Industries Inc FTK 35.31% was down, falling around 34 percent to $5.44. Flotek Industries reported a Q2 loss of $3.8 million on revenue of $85.2 million.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.43 percent to $49.37 while gold traded down 0.17 percent to $1,277.20.
Silver traded down 0.32 percent Wednesday to $16.71, while copper rose 0.21 percent to $2.887.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.43 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.69 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 0.18 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.57 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.39 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.18 percent.
The MBA’s index of mortgage application activity declined 2.8 percent for the latest week.
Private sector employers added 178,000 jobs in July, ADP reported. However, economists were expecting a gain of 185,000 jobs.
Crude oil inventories dropped 1.53 million barrels in the week ended July 28, the Energy Information Administration reported. However, analysts were expecting a decline of 2.96 million barrels.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams will speak in Las Vegas at 3:30 p.m. ET.