Dow Down 5-Straight

MARKET SUMMARY

U.S. markets continued their recent pattern of showing strength on the open and weakness afterwards to close Wednesday’s session mixed. The Nasdaq gained 0.2% to snap a three-session slide while the S&P 500 slipped a third-point, or 0.01%. The Dow declined 0.2% while closing in the red for the fifth-straight session. The Russell 2000 extended its losing streak to four-straight after sinking another 1.5% while holding the 1,500 level.

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ANALYST UPGRADES / DOWNGRADES 

Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Express Scripts (ESRX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
L3 Technologies (LLL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital

AutoZone (AZO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
Chemours (CC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs
Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc

EARNINGS

Thursday's scheduled earnings include:

American Outdoor Brands (AOBC), Cantel Medical (CMD), Ciena (CIEN), Copper Companies (COO), Duluth Holdings (DLTH), Finisar (FNSR), GMS (GMS), JinkoSolar Holdings (JKS), Liberty Tax (TAX), Methode Electronics (MEI), Peak Resorts (SKIS), Toro (TTC), Science Applications (SAIC), United Natural Foods (UNFI), Vail Resorts (MTN)

UPCOMING ECONOMIC NEWS

Thursday's economic reports (EST): 

Challenger Job-Cut Report - 7:00am
Jobless Claims - 8:30am
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index - 9:45am
Quarterly Services Survey - 10:00am
Consumer Credit - 3:00pm

METALS / OIL

Gold closed at $1,266.10 an ounce, up $1.20

Silver settled at $15.95 an ounce, down $0.12

Copper finished at $2.96 a pound, up $0.01

Crude Oil closed at $55.93 a barrel, down $2.43

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