Bouncing Tech Fuels Upside for Stocks

Manufacturing and housing data fell short

by Karee Venema

Published on Jun 17, 2019 at 11:51 AM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is trading in positive territory at midday, as big gains for Apple (AAPL) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) highlight a bouncing tech sector. This is helping offset a dismal Empire State manufacturing index, which fell into contraction territory for the first time in two years in June, while a separate report from the National Association of Home Builders showed homebuilder confidence unexpectedly fell last month. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are up, as well, in what looks to be an up day for the U.S. stock market.

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midday market stats june 17

Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) is seeing unusual options activity today, with around 16,000 calls on the tape so far -- nearly four times what's typically seen at this point, and 10 times the number of puts traded. Buy-to-open activity is detected at the June 5.50 call, as speculators bet on the energy shares to move even higher through front-month options expiration at the close this Friday, June 21. After tagging a record low of $5.28 on Friday, RIG stock is up 1.6% at $5.50.

Sotheby's (NYSE:BID) is at the top of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, on news the auction house is being taken private by BidFair USA -- a company owned by Altice founder Patrick Drahi -- for $57 per share, compared to BID's closing price last Friday at $35.39. In reaction, Sotheby's stock is up 57.5% at $55.73, not far from its intraday peak of $55.90.

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CTRV) is outperforming on the Nasdaq this afternoon, thanks to positive data for the company's nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) drug, CRV431. This is just the latest in a number of volatile moves CTRV stock has made this month, with the shares last seen up 50.7% at $13.40, trading near familiar resistance at their 80-day moving average.

ctrv daily stock chart on june 17


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