Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.18 percent to 21,712.60 while the NASDAQ declined 0.10 percent to 6,215.61. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.11 percent to 2,427.22.
Leading and Lagging Sectors;
Friday morning, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares climbed by 0.25 percent.
In trading on Friday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 0.39 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Foot Locker, Inc. FL 25.3%, down 24 percent, and Hibbett Sports, Inc. HIBB 16.96% down 17 percent.
Foot Locker, Inc. FL 25.3% reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
Foot Locker earned 62 cents per share in the quarter on revenue of $1.70 billion. Analysts were expecting the shoe and apparel retailer to earn 90 cents per share on revenue of $1.80 billion.
During the quarter Foot Locker opened 24 new stores, remodeled or relocated 38 others and closed 19 and ended the quarter with 3,359 stores in 23 countries.
Equities Trading UP;
Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc SPWH 35.82% shares shot up 35 percent to $4.66 after the company posted upbeat Q2 profit.
Shares of Ross Stores, Inc. ROST 11.03% got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $59.21 as the company posted stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter on Thursday.
Calpine Corporation CPN 9.56% shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $14.79 after the company agreed to be acquired by investor consortium led by Energy Capital Partners for $15.25 per share in cash.
Equities Trading DOWN;
Foot Locker, Inc. FL 25.3% shares dropped 24 percent to $36.16 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
Shares of Matson, Inc. MATX 23.13% were down 24 percent to $22.23. Stephens & Co. downgraded Matson from Overweight to Equal-Weight.
Hibbett Sports, Inc. HIBB 16.96% was down, falling around 17 percent to $9.57. Hibbett reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its second quarter, while sales missed estimates. The company also lowered its earnings forecast for the full year.
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.15 percent to $47.16 while gold traded up 0.68 percent to $1,301.20.
Silver traded up 0.86 percent Friday to $17.20, while copper rose 0.25 percent to $2.9685.
European shares were lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.75 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.82 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.32 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.33 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.95 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.98 percent.
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index increased to 97.6 for August, versus prior reading of 93.4.
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan is set to speak at 10:15 a.m. ET.
The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.