Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.19 percent to 24,761.35 while the NASDAQ declined 0.18 percent to 7,369.13. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.08 percent to 2,717.89.
Leading and Lagging Sectors;
Friday morning, the industrial shares rose 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Deere & Company DE 5.41%, up 5 percent, and American Woodmark Corporation AMWD 3.3% up 3 percent.
In trading on Friday, consumer staples shares fell 0.93 percent.
Deere & Company DE 5.41% reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
Deere said it earned $3.14 per share in the first quarter on net sales from equipment operations of $9.747 billion versus Wall Street’s estimate of $3.29 per share on revenue of $9.83 billion.
Deere projects Q3 equipment sales to rise 35 percent and FY18 equipment sales to increase 30 percent.
Equities Trading UP;
Mannatech, Incorporated MTEX 24.21% shares shot up 24 percent to $19.70 after the company reported commencement of modified Dutch auction cash tender for up to $16 million of common stock.
Shares of Quotient Limited QTNT 18.98% got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $5.56 following commencement of EU blood grouping field trial.
Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. DDE 11.88% shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $2.2999. The stock spiked more than 14 percent Thursday near the close as traders circulate word the Delaware lottery is planning to introduce full sports betting in June.
Equities Trading DOWN;
Agile Therapeutics, Inc. AGRX 76% shares dropped 76 percent to $0.6007 after the FDA announced significant concerns regarding the adhesion of Twirla.
Shares of Campbell Soup Company CPB 11.36% were down 11 percent to $34.85. Campbell Soup reported upbeat Q3 earnings, but sales missed estimates. The company also lowered its FY18 outlook.
Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT 9.74% was down, falling around 10 percent to $48.57. Applied Materials reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter, but issued weak sales outlook for the third quarter.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.11 percent to $71.57 while gold traded down 0.19 percent to $1,287.00.
Silver traded down 0.25 percent Friday to $16.44, while copper fell 0.74 to $3.066.
European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 declined 0.14 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.66 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index dropped 1.32 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX fell 0.12 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.01 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.27 percent.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.