Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.06 percent to 24,768.72 while the NASDAQ slipped 0.12 percent to 6,956.84. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.05 percent to 2,683.25.

Leading and Lagging Sectors;

Friday morning, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market.

In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. WWE 6.71%, down 6 percent, andEmpire Resorts Inc NYNY 1.93% down 5 percent.

Top Headline;

Nike Inc NKE 3% posted stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter on Thursday.

The Beaverton-based company reported second quarter earnings of 46 cents per share, beating estimates by 6 cents. Revenues came in at $8.6 billion, topping estimates by $200 million.

Equities Trading UP;

Ignyta Inc RXDX 72.19% shares shot up 72 percent to $26.77 after Roche agreed to acquire Ignyta for $27.00 per share in cash.

Shares of TDH Holdings, Inc. PETZ 15.58% got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $8.07 after the company reported financial results for the first half of 2017.

SMART Global Holdings, Inc. SGH 9.98% shares were also up, gaining 7 percent to $33.3608 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also issued strong second-quarter guidance.

Equities Trading DOWN;

Agile Therapeutics Inc AGRX 51.47% shares dropped 48 percent to $2.47 after the company disclosed that the U.S. FDA declined to approve its New Drug Application for contraceptive patch, Twirla .

Shares of Digital Power Corporation DPW 15.37% were down 24 percent to $3.70 after declining 9.51 percent on Thursday.

Net Element International Inc NETE 23.2% was down, falling around 25 percent to $14.01.


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.69 percent to $57.96 while gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,271.40.

Silver traded up 0.01 percent Friday to $16.24, while copper fell 0.17 percent to $3.214.


European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 slipped 0.22 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.16 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.29 percent, and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.49 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.15 percent.


Durable-goods orders gained 1.3 percent for November, versus economists’ expectations for a 2 percent growth.

U.S. consumer spending gained 0.6 percent in November, while personal income rose 0.3 percent.

New home sales rose 17.5 percent to an annual rate of 733,000 in November.

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index slipped to 95.9 in December, from November’s reading of 98.5. Economists expected a reading of 97.1.

The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for December is schedule for release at 11:00 a.m. ET.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the recent week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.