Stocks inched upward Friday after remarks by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed to a rate hike later this month.
The Dow and S&P 500 posted fractional gains. The blue chips barely finished higher on the day, up 3 points and staying above 21,000, ending at 21,005.71.
Climbing 0.2% was the Nasdaq composite, to 5870.75.
“At our meeting later this month, the committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate,” Yellen said in a 1 p.m. ET speech at the Executives’ Club of Chicago.
While Yellen couched her remark in conditional terms that depend on economic data, she preceded it by citing a job market that has been “strengthening” and inflation that has been “rising toward our target” of 2% annually.
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
Meeder Asset Management Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) by 26.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,664 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,677 shares during the quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in First Merchants were worth $195,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
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- [By Logan Wallace]
Barclays PLC boosted its holdings in Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) by 13.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 4,804 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 561 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in Standex Int’l were worth $459,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) – Equities researchers at William Blair boosted their Q3 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Standex Int’l in a note issued to investors on Monday, October 1st. William Blair analyst N. Heymann now expects that the industrial products company will earn $1.51 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.49.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Synex International (TSE:SXI) Director Glenn Stanley Mcdonnell sold 250,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.50, for a total transaction of C$125,000.00.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $120.50.
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- [By Lisa Levin]
Netshoes (Cayman) Limited (NASDAQ: NETS) shares dipped 43.73 percent to close at $2.87 on Tuesday as the company posted downbeat Q1 results.
Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL) shares dropped 29.01 percent to close at $0.80 after reporting Q1 results.
SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares fell 22.2 percent to close at $0.340 after reporting Q1 miss.
Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) fell 19.95 percent to close at $12.08 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISNS) fell 19.68 percent to close at $3.775 after reporting earnings were down year over year. First quarter earnings came in flat, down from 4 cents per share in the same quarter of last year. Sales came in at $3.01 million.
Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) dropped 18.47 percent to close at $9.62 on Tuesday after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) declined 16.21 percent to close at $2.43. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALJJ) shares fell 16.13 percent to close at $1.79.
Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) shares dropped 14.93 percent to close at $13.16 following a first-quarter earnings miss.
Restoration Robotics Inc (NASDAQ: HAIR) fell 14.42 percent to close at $3.68 after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICAD) declined 13.01 percent to close at $3.41 following Q1 results.
Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) fell 12.44 percent to close at $1.97.
Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX) declined 12.24 percent to close at $2.15.
AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ) fell 12.1 percent to close at $39.60 following Q3 earnings.
Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ: HNRG) fell 11.1 percent to close at $6.49.
Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) dropped 10.66 percent to close at $16.93 on Tuesday.
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- [By Max Byerly]
iCAD (NASDAQ:ICAD) announced its earnings results on Tuesday. The technology company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.12) by $0.06, Bloomberg Earnings reports. iCAD had a negative net margin of 61.83% and a negative return on equity of 59.65%.