Crude oil prices fell while durable goods orders rose. The markets closed mixed with the Dow slipping 10 points to 18,214 while Nasdaq gained 20 points to 4,987.

On the upside

Fourth quarter earnings fell for PGT (Nasdaq: PGTI) but revenue rose and the company forecast current quarter revenue above analyst estimates.

Iberdrola will pay approximately $3 billion to buy UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL).

Fourth quarter earnings more than doubled for Akorn (Nasdaq: AKRX) to beat analyst expectations.

On the downside

Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected.

Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq: MRGE) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but revenue fell short of estimates.

Investors locked in profits on Second Sight Medical Products (Nasdaq: EYES).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2110. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.
The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow slipping 18 points to 18,205 as investors weighed a drop in consumer prices against a strong 2.8% gain in durable goods orders. Nasdaq rose 10 points to 4,977.

On the upside

Cyberonics (Nasdaq: CYBX) reported higher third quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.

Avago Technologies (Nasdaq: AVGO) impressed with sharply higher first quarter earnings that more than doubled to surpass estimates and the company announced plans to acquire Emulex (NYSE: ELX).

Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected but the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was exploring a possible sale.

On the downside

Taser International (Nasdaq: TASR) disappointed with flat fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations.

Nationstar Mortgage (NYSE: NSM) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell far short of analyst expectations.

IntraLinks Holdings (NYSE: IL) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected and forecast current quarter and full year earnings below estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2110. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.
A 0.7% drop in consumer prices weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 26 points to 18,197. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,965.

On the upside

Emulex (NYSE: ELX) introduced a new high performance 10GBASE-T Ethernet Network Adapter.

Henry Schein Medical (Nasdaq: HSIC) will offer Atossa Genetics' (Nasdaq: ATOS) FullCYTE Breast Aspirator to its customers.

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter.

On the downside

LKQ (Nasdaq: LKQ) reported flat fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations and named John S. Quinn to the position of chief executive officer and managing director of European Operations.

CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX) priced its public offering of approximately 2.36 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.27 per share.

Investors locked in profits on Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 4 points to 2109. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.

Higher close on rising oil prices

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Rising crude oil prices lifted the markets to a modestly higher close with the Dow adding 15 points to 18,224. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,967.

On the upside

Bloomberg reported that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) engaged in discussions to acquire Aruba Networks (Nasdaq: ARUN).

Bloomberg reported that Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq: PCYC) was exploring a possible sale of the company.

Fourth quarter earnings slipped for Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell short of expectations.

Republic Airways (Nasdaq: RJET) reported lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue fell for Huron Consulting (Nasdaq: HURN).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped a point to 2113. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $234.

Markets advance as oil prices rise

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An increase in crude oil prices lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow rising 11 points to 18,220. Nasdaq gained 10 points to 4,978.

On the upside

Bargain hunters snapped up shares of CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX).

SFX Entertainment (Nasdaq: SFXE) chief executive officer Robert F.X. Sillerman offered to take the company private.

Shares of Second Sight Medical Products (Nasdaq: EYES) continued soaring.

On the downside

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations and forecast full year earnings below estimates.

LendingClub (NYSE: LC) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter.

Bill Barrett (NYSE: BBG) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results missed estimates.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 edged up a fraction to 2116. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.

Lower open as new home sales slip

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The markets opened lower with the Dow losing 17 points to 18,191 as new home sales slipped 0.2% in January. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,966.

On the upside

Benefitfocus (Nasdaq: BNFT) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected. Mercer expanded its contract and made an equity investment in the company.

WaferGen Bio-systems (Nasdaq: WGBS) announced positive results from a study using its SmartChip technology to isolate and study single cells via Next Generation Sequencing.

Shares of Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC) soared for the third day.

On the downside

Some provincial sports lottery administration centers in China will temporarily suspend online purchase orders sending shares of online sports lottery service provider 500.com (NYSE: WBAI) tumbling.

First quarter earnings slipped for Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and the company forecast current quarter results below analyst expectations.

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell short of expectations prompting the company to cut its rig count and spending for 2015.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers barely edged out decliners by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 2112. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.

Higher close as rates remain low

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The markets closed higher with the Dow soaring 92 points to 18,209 on indications from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that interest rates would not be raised in the near term. Nasdaq rose 7 points to 4,968.

On the upside

Cott (NYSE: COT) swung to a greater than expected profit for the fourth quarter as revenue rose.

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) will close approximately 300 branches in order to save money and begin charging large institutional clients for some deposits.

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) expects installations to more than double in 2015.

On the downside

CymaBay Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CBAY) reported positive results from a Phase 2b clinical study of its gout treatment arhalofenate but the stock price fell.

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter.

Curis (Nasdaq: CRIS) announced a public offering of common stock.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 2115. Bitcoin held steady at $236.

Yellen testimony lifts markets

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Testimony by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that interest rates would remain low lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 86 points to 18,203. Nasdaq held steady at 4,961.

On the upside

Chegg (NYSE: CHGG) reversed year ago losses to post a better than expected profit for the fourth quarter and announced plans for Ingram Content Group to manage its textbook rental business.

Chart Industries (Nasdaq: GTLS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.

Fourth quarter earnings for DepoMed (Nasdaq: DEPO) more than doubled as revenue surged.

On the downside

Daktronics (Nasdaq: DAKT) reported sharply lower third quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

DealerTrack Technologies (Nasdaq: TRAK) widened losses for the fourth quarter.

Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) warned of significantly lower third quarter earnings .

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 2113. Bitcoin held steady at $236.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow rising 14 points to 18,132 while Nasdaq lost 9 points to 4,951 ahead of Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate Banking Committee this morning.

On the upside

Shares of Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC) continued climbing.

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) engaged in advanced negotiations to form a yieldco joint venture.

All three centers in France that have been approved to implant Second Sight Medical Products' (Nasdaq: EYES) Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System have successfully completed their first implants.

On the downside

Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq: ROSE) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

PDL BioPharma (Nasdaq: PDLI) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations by a wide margin.

Tallgrass Energy Partners (NYSE: TEP) priced its follow-on offering of 10 million common units at the discounted price of $50.82 per common unit.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2106. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.
The markets closed mixed with the Dow losing 23 points to 18,116 as Greece delayed submitting a package of reforms to eurozone finance ministers. Nasdaq added 5 points to 4,960.

On the upside

New Residential Investment (NYSE: NRZ) will pay a premium of approximately $1.3 billion in cash to acquire Home Loan Servicing Solutions (Nasdaq: HLSS).

The U.S. government's procurement arm awarded Digital Ally (Nasdaq: DGLY) the GSA Schedule 84 contract.

Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP) signed two new Technology Solutions contracts.

On the downside

Shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) fell after Greece failed to present eurozone finance ministers with proposed reforms.

Full Circle Capital (Nasdaq: FULL) will issue non-transferable rights to subscribe for approximately 11.9 million common shares to stockholders of record on March 6, 2015.

Investopedia listed Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) as the world's most indebted oil company.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 2109. Bitcoin added $3 to $236.

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