Mid-Afternoon Market Update: DarioHealth Falls Following Q4 Results; Avaya Shares Jump

Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.32 percent to 25,421.67 while the NASDAQ declined 0.54 percent to 7,601.30. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.37 percent to 2,790.23.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Monday afternoon, the consumer discretionary shares climbed 0.4 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Ascena Retail Group Inc ASNA 9.81% up 13 percent, and Red Lion Hotels Corporation RLH 4.84% up 7 percent.

In trading on Monday, communication services shares fell 0.4 percent.

Top Headline

Winnebago Industries, Inc. WGO 0.45% reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed views.

Winnebago reported quarterly earnings of $0.60 per share on sales of $432.69 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.59 per share on sales of $461.92 million.

Equities Trading UP

Avaya Holdings Corp. AVYA 32.73% shares got a boost, shooting up 34 percent to $17.68. The company is reportedly considering a $5 billion acquisition offer. Avaya's board of directors are examining an offer it received from a private equity group to sell itself for more than $20 per share, sources close to the matter told Reuters.

Shares of Yirendai Ltd - ADR YRD 12.71% shot up 13 percent to $1.20 after the company agreed with CreditEase to acquire certain business operations, including online wealth management. The company also reported mixed Q4 earnings.

Ascena Retail Group Inc ASNA 9.81% shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $1.20 after the company announced it has agreed to sell a majority interest in its subsidiary Maurices to OpCapita for an expected $200 million.

Equities Trading DOWN

Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. PTI 65.48% shares dropped 65 percent to $1.44 after the company said a 14 day study of its Cystic Fibrosis treatment did not show improvement.

Shares of Recro Pharma, Inc. REPH 34.26% were down 34 percent to $6.43 in reaction to an adverse regulatory decision on its lead pain medication candidate that was announced late Friday. Recro, a micro-cap specialty pharma company that focuses on therapeutics for hospitals and other acute care settings, announced Friday the FDA handed down a complete response letter for its NDA seeking approval forintravenous meloxicam for the management of moderate to severe pain. The investigational drug was issued a complete response letter for the first time in May 2018, with the FDA reasoning that data from ad hoc analyses and selective secondary endpoints suggested that the analgesic effect of the asset doesn't meet its expectations.

DarioHealth Corp. DRIO 19.14% was down, falling around 23 percent to $0.63 after the company reported Q4 results. The company posted a quarterly net loss of $5.0 million, versus a year-ago loss of $3.3 million. Its revenue rose 7.7 percent to $1.7 million.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.1 percent to $59.08 while gold traded up 0.7 percent to $1,321.00.

Silver traded up 1 percent Monday to $15.56, while copper rose 0.6 percent to $2.858.

Eurozone

European shares closed lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.45 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.21 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index fell 0.11 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX dropped 0.15 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.18 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.42 percent.

Economics

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index fell to a reading of -0.29 in February, compared to -0.25 in January.

The Dallas Fed manufacturing business index fell to 8.30 for March, versus prior reading of 13.10. However, economists were expecting a reading of 9.60.

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