Tuesday was a mixed day on Wall Street, with major benchmarks moving in opposite directions as market participants tried to reconcile contradictory readings on prospects for the economy and for the broader stock market's performance for the remainder of the year. Merger and acquisition activity in the tech sector helped lift the Nasdaq Composite, but the Dow lost a modest amount of ground. Still, some stocks posted solid gains on good news. Square (SQ -0.76%), Overstock.com (OSTK -3.49%), and Lindsay (LNN 1.06%) were among the top performers. Here's why they did so well.
Square gets a vote of confidence
Shares of Square rose 6% after the payment processing specialist got favorable comments from a stock analyst company. Raymond James upgraded Square from underperform to market perform, arguing that most of the negatives that the company had predicted six months ago have already come to pass, holding the stock back from sharing in the broader market's gains. Raymond James doesn't necessarily think that the company is a sure winner, but analysts believe that with the Square Card debit card starting to gain acceptance, the potential rewards are more in line with risks for the business going forward. Investors should get a sense of whether Raymond James is right when Square reports earnings in early August.
Overstock gets into the movie business
Overstock.com's share price rose 3% after the e-commerce retail specialist's cryptocurrency unit, tZERO, said that it will work to develop a token in connection with a major motion picture release. Atari: Fistful of Quarters will use what tZERO is calling the Bushnell token, named after Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Token owners will receive shares of movie earnings and also play a role in the development of the film by voting on the movie trailer and choosing the cast of the film. Overstock's shares have also moved in line with the price of bitcoin and other major crypto tokens, and a rise there also likely provided support for the stock price.
Lindsay gains ground despite big challenges
Finally, shares of Lindsay jumped 12%. The irrigation equipment and infrastructure specialist reported that revenue plunged 29% during its fiscal third quarter, with earnings falling by nearly 70% even after taking into account one-time charges associated with the company's latest strategic initiatives. CEO Tim Hassinger said that trade concerns and low commodity prices held back its results, and Lindsay also saw sales of its Road Zipper barrier systems fall after a particularly strong quarter last year. Yet even with flooding across much of the Corn Belt, Lindsay believes that reduced supplies from delayed planting will be a long-term positive for the company, and it's hopeful that its strategic efforts will work out well for shareholders.