Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.12 percent to 26,176.58 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.27 percent to 8,035.62. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.10 percent to 2,906.95.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Friday, the financial shares rose 0.56 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector includedChina Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. CIFS 9.6% up 11 percent, and Golden Bull Limited DNJR 0.65% up 7 percent.
In trading on Friday, real estate shares fell 1.27 percent.
Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc PLAY 7.55% reported upbeat earnings for its second quarter.
Dave & Buster's posted quarterly earnings of $0.84 per share on revenue of $319.188 million. However, analysts expected earnings of $0.67 per share on sales of $315.25 million. The company raised its FY18 sales guidance from $1.20 billion-$1.24 billion, to $1.23 billion-$1.26 billion. Dave & Busters initiated $0.15 per share quarterly cash dividend and expanded its buyback authorization by $100 million.
Equities Trading UP
Champions Oncology Inc CSBR 17.33% shares shot up 10 percent to $9.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
Shares of Radiant Logistics, Inc. RLGT 8.64% got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $5.18 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.
Frequency Electronics, Inc. FEIM 18.17% shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $9.01. Frequency Electronics reported Q1 net income of $31,000 on sales of $11 million.
Equities Trading DOWN
IRIDEX Corporation IRIX 14.58% shares dropped 15 percent to $6.60. IRIDEX priced its 1.67 million share common stock offering at $6 per share.
Shares of Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. TNDM 7.31% were down 7 percent to $47.645. Baird downgraded Tandem Diabetes Care from Outperform to Neutral.
Valvoline Inc. VVV 8.62% was down, falling around 9 percent to $20.38 after analysts at JP Morgan downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underweight and lowered the price target from $22 to $20.
Silver traded down 0.62 percent Friday to $14.155, while copper fell 0.78 to $2.662.
European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.32 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.29 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.06 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.56 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.55 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.29 percent.
U.S. retail sales rose 0.1 percent for August, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4 percent gain.
U.S. import prices declined 0.6 percent in August.
U.S. industrial production rose 0.4 percent for July, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.3 percent increase.
U.S. business inventories rose 0.6 percent for July, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.5 percent gain.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index increased to 100.8 for September, compared to 96.2.
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