Apple, Exxon Mobil Have Dow Outperforming

Apple and Exxon Mobil both received price-target hikes earlier

by Emma Duncan

Published on Sep 11, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Stocks have turned higher at midday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) outperforming on strong days for Apple (AAPL) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) -- which are both trading higher on the back of bull notes. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has moved above breakeven, even as trade tensions continue to linger, while booming tech stocks have lifted the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) into positive territory.

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Midday Market Stats Sept 11

Electronics concern Sonos Inc (NASDAQ:SONO) is seeing unusual options volume today amid its post-earnings plunge. Approximately 6,000 calls and 7,000 puts have crossed the tape so far -- more than eight times the average intraday pace. In addition to possible liquidations at the September 17.50 put -- the most active option -- speculators may potentially be purchasing new positions at the September 17.50 call. SONO has added 11% since its early August public trading debut, but was last seen down 17.8% at $17.46.

One of the top stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today is Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) after the REIT reported first-quarter earnings that surpassed expectations. IRET is up 6.1% to $5.81, breaking above recent congestion in the $5.50 region. The stock has been trading sideways of late, but has managed to gain 26% since its late-February lows.

USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT) is near the bottom of the Nasdaq today after the electronic payment processor announced plans to delay its 2018 10-K filing due to an internal audit. The stock has gapped 32.6% lower to trade at $10.31, pacing toward its lowest close since May 7, and its first close below the 200-day moving average in 15 months. USAT is clinging to a 4% year-to-date gain.

Daily Chart of USAT with 200MA Since May 2017

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