Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; JPMorgan Earnings Top Expectations

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Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.56 percent to 25,716.89 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.24 percent to 7,229.41. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.32 percent to 2,776.32.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: AREX ) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI ).

In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM ), down 4 percent, and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHU ) down 2 percent.

Top Headline

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM ) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

JPMorgan said it earned $1.76 per share in the quarter on revenue of $25.45 billion which exceeded Wall Street’s expectations for $1.69 per share and $25.15 billion.

Equities Trading UP

SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAEX ) shares shot up 14 percent to $2.76 after the company disclosed that it has received around $15.7 million of additional Alaskan tax credit certificates.

Shares of Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA ) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $4.39 after the company disclosed that its subsidiary Global Bit Ventures has acquired 1,300 cryptocurrency mining machines.

Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ: TOUR ) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $8.36. Tuniu reported a $100 million share repurchase program and reported the promotion of Mr. Shihong Chen from Vice President to Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately.

Equities Trading DOWN

Aradigm Corporation (NASDAQ: ARDM ) shares dropped 29 percent to $2.43 after the company disclosed that the FDA Advisory Committee panel voted 12-3 against recommendation for Linhaliq. Ladenburg Thalmann downgraded Aradigm from Buy to Neutral.

Shares of AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQB ) were down 38 percent to $3.01 after the company reported a $12 million underwritten public offering.

Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNET ) was down, falling around 23 percent to $4.94. ChinaNet Online reported entry into agreements for registered direct placement of $11 million of common stock and warrants


In commodity news, oil traded down 1.07 percent to $63.12 while gold traded up 0.76 percent to $1,332.60.

Silver traded up 1.23 percent Friday to $17.175, while copper rose 0.09 percent to $3.236.


European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.05 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.35 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.51 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX declined 0.06 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.23 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.25 percent.


U.S. retail sales rose 0.4 percent for December, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.4 percent growth.

The consumer price index gained 0.1 percent in December, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.1 percent rise.

U.S. business inventories gained 0.4 percent for November, versus economists’ estimates of a 0.3 percent growth

Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker is set to speak in Ivyland, Pennsylvania at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren will speak in La Jolla, California at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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