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Market Update

Nasdaq Drops 1.3%, U.S. Trade Deficit at 6-Year High


Author: Nichole Harper
ticker.com
Last Update: 1:13 PM ET May 05 2015

1:10 PM Stocks on Wall Street traded lower and tech-heavy Nasdaq index declined 1.3%. Oil price jumped above $60 a barrel in New York. Two independent surveys showed service sector expanded in April. Indexes in Shanghai plunged 4%, in Europe fell as much as 2% and declined in India.

U.S. market indexes traded lower and trade deficit in March jumped to widest since October 2008 prompting speculation that the economy contracted in the first-quarter.

Trade deficit widened in March after West Coast port strike ended and imports flooded into the country.

U.S. trade deficit in March widened to $51.4 billion from revised $35.9 billion in February.

Exports in March rose $1.6 billion to $187.8 billion and imports jumped $17.1 billion to $239.2 billion from February, the Department of Commerce reported.

Traded deficit in March jumped 43% from February and was widest since the deficit in October 2008.

On Wall Street, Tollbooth Strategy Index slipped 0.9% or 102.65 to 10,665.78.

S&P 500 index slipped 12.99 or 0.6% to 2,101.62 and the Nasdaq Composite Index declined 55.35 or 1.1% to 4,961.51.

Crude oil in New York jumped $1.93 to $60.76 a barrel and gold climbed $8.10 to $1,194.90 an ounce.

U.S. Movers

DirecTV (DTV) slipped 54 cents to $89.77 after the digital television services provider reported revenues in the first-quarter ending in March climbed 3.7% to $8.14 billion from a year ago period.

Net income in the quarter surged 30.1% to $730 million or $1.44 per diluted share compared to $561 million or $1.09 from the same quarter last year.

In the quarter, DirecTV added 279,000 new subscribers including 60,000 in the United States while overall DirecTV subscribers increased to 20.41 million in the U.S. and to 12.69 million in Latin America.

Kellogg Company (K) fell 30 cents to $63.83 after the cereal and convenience foods maker said revenues in the first-quarter ending on April 4 declined 5% to $3.56 billion from a year ago period.

Comparable sales in the quarter decreased 0.3% and U.S. morning-foods division sales slumped 2.9%.

Net income in the quarter plunged 44% to $227 million or 64 cents per diluted share compared to $406 million or $1.12 from the same quarter last year.

Walt Disney Co (DIS) gained 87 cents to $111.90 after the entertainment and media group reported total revenues in the second-quarter ending on March 28 jumped 6.9% to $12.46 billion from a year ago period.

Net income in the quarter climbed 9.9% to $2.11 billion or $1.23 per diluted share compared to $1.92 billion or $1.08 from the same quarter last year.

European Markets

Market indexes across the euro zone advanced and wholesale price index gained.

Industrial producer price index rose 0.2% in March in the euro area and in the wider region of EU28 nations.

In February, prices increased 0.6% in the euro area and in EU28, the Statistical Office of the European Communities said.

In London trading, FTSE 100 index gained 0.5% or 41.18 to 7,027.13 and in Frankfurt the DAX index slipped 0.8% or 96.08 to 11,523.77.

In Paris, CAC 40 index increased 0.6% or 28.86 to 5,053.11.

adidas AG gained 0.9% to 76.22 after the athletic and sports lifestyle products maker reported revenues in the first-quarter ending in March soared 17.3% to 4.08 billion from 3.48 billion in a year ago period.

Net profit in the quarter climbed 8.3% from a year ago to 221 million compared to 204 million and diluted earnings per share increased to 1.08 billion from 0.96.

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Sources: Data collected by 123jump.com and Ticker.com from company press releases, filings and corporate websites. Market data: BATS Exchange. Inc