Greek financial woes along with efforts by the Chinese government to increase regulation of margin trading sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower close with Dow collapsing 279 points to 17,826. Nasdaq plummeted 75 points to 4,931.

On the upside

Summit Materials (NYSE: SUM) will acquire a cement plant and seven cement distribution terminals from Lafarge North America.

Mattel (Nasdaq: MAT) reported a smaller than expected loss for the first quarter.

Bloomberg reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE: TEVA) was exploring the possibility of purchasing Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL).

On the downside

Shares of ForceField Energy (Nasdaq: FNRG) continued falling.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Solazyme (Nasdaq: SZYM).

Bloomberg reported that the Department of Justice was preparing to block the proposed merger of Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWC).
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 23 points to 2081. Bitcoin lost $4 to $223.
The markets tumbled during the midday with Dow diving 235 points to 17,869 as Greece struggled to find sufficient funds to meet payroll obligations by the end of the month. Nasdaq plummeted 68 points to 4,939.

On the upside

Supertel Hospitality (Nasdaq: SPPR) sold two Savannah Suites hotels for a total of $7.8 million and entered an agreement to sell two hotels for $19 million.

Oppenheimer initiated coverage of CytRx (Nasdaq: CYTR) with an Outperform rating.

TrovaGene (Nasdaq: TROV) reported presented data at the 2015 European Lung Cancer Conference demonstrating that its urine-based Precision Cancer Monitoring platform outperformed tissue biopsy for detecting and monitoring EGFR T790M mutations in metastatic lung cancer patients.

On the downside

Discovery Laboratories (Nasdaq: DSCO) completed enrollment in its AEROSURF phase 2a clinical trial but the stock price fell.

PROS Holdings (NYSE: PRO) warned that first quarter earnings would fall short of previous guidance.

Retreating crude oil prices weighed down shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD).
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plummeted 20 points to 2084. Bitcoin fell $6 to $221.
Concerns about potential new trading regulations in China sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower open with Dow plummeting 258 points to 17,847. Nasdaq plunged 71 points to 4,935.

On the upside

Celanese (NYSE: CE) reported higher first quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.

Novogen (Nasdaq: NVGN) will collaborate with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to develop brain cancer treatments.

Shares of Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG) continued rising.

On the downside

Athersys (Nasdaq: ATHX) reported disappointing results from a Phase 2 study of its MultiStem cell therapy to treat ischemic stroke patients.

Advanced Micro Devices (Nasdaq: AMD) widened first quarter losses more than expected as revenue dropped.

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) widened losses for the first quarter and forecast current quarter revenue below analyst estimates.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 22 points to 2082. Bitcoin lost $5 to $222.
An increase in first time applications for unemployment benefits along with a disappointing new home construction report weighed the markets down to a modestly lower close with Dow slipping 6 points to 18,105. Nasdaq lost 3 points to 5,007.

On the upside

First quarter earnings fell for Travelzoo (Nasdaq: TZOO) but the results were better than expected.

Identiv (Nasdaq: INVE) entered an agreement with Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) to provide solutions for the Internet of Everything.

Biostar Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BSPM) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

On the downside

Shares of Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) continued falling after announcing yesterday that co-founder and chief executive Bill Oesterle would leave the company.

Athersys (Nasdaq: ATHX) stock extended its losses.

Shares of Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) continued falling.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped a point to 2104. Bitcoin gained $7 to $227. 

Markets flat at midday

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The markets traded near the flatline during the midday with Dow edging down 4 points to 18,107. Nasdaq slipped 3 points to 5,007.

On the upside

Shares of Etsy (Nasdaq: ETSY) surged on its first trading day.

Party City (NYSE: PRTY) stock soared in its market debut.

Shares of Virtu Financial (Nasdaq: VIRT) climbed on its first day of trading.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on Natural Health Trends (Nasdaq: NHTC).

ForceField Energy (Nasdaq: FNRG) said that a report issued by MoxResearch yesterday contained inaccurate information but the stock price continued falling.

Retreating crude oil prices weighed down shares of Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE: GLF).
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2104. Bitcoin rose $7 to $227.
March housing starts rose less than expected to weigh down the markets to a lower open with Dow losing 33 points to 18,079. Nasdaq lost 10 points to 5,000.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track designation to MedicNova's (Nasdaq: MNOV) MN-001 to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis with fibrosis.

Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG) received a patent allowance for a method of identifying a tissue of origin of a cancer sample.

First quarter earnings fell for Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) due to the strong dollar but the results were better than expected and the video streaming service added more subscribers than anticipated.

On the downside

SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK) disappointed with lower first quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations as revenue fell prompting a downgrade.

Pernix Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTX) commenced a private offering of $120 million in convertible senior notes.

Pacira (Nasdaq: PCRX) received a subpoena from the Justice Department for documents related to the marketing and promotion practices of Exparel.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 4 points to 2101. Bitcoin added $5 to $225.
Soaring crude oil prices lifted the markets to a higher close with Dow climbing 75 points to 18,112. Nasdaq gained 33 points to 5,011.

On the upside

Shares of XBiotech (Nasdaq: XBIT) surged in its market debut.

Warren Resources (Nasdaq: WRES) stock soared as crude oil prices continued advancing.

DS Healthcare Group (Nasdaq: DSKS) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the fourth quarter as revenue rose.

On the downside

Shares of Athersys (Nasdaq: ATHX) continued falling.

RCS Capital's (NYSE: RCAP) Cetera Financial Group added a two-broker practice in Massachusetts but the stock price fell.

Mad Money's Jim Cramer said that Avon (NYSE: AVP) would not be able to find a buyer for its North American business.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 10 points to 2106. Bitcoin added $5 to $219.
The markets traded higher during the midday with Dow gaining 66 points to 18,103 as homebuilders sentiment increased. Nasdaq climbed 24 points to 5,001.

On the upside

Shares of Aduro Biotech (Nasdaq: ADRO) more than doubled on its first trading day.

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) reported higher first quarter earnings.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of offshore drilling services provider Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL).

On the downside

Shares of Advaxis (Nasdaq: ADXS) fell as rival Aduro Biotech (Nasdaq: ADRO) made its market debut.

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) swung to a profit as litigation expenses dropped but low interest rates continued to impact earnings.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD) priced its public offering of 12 million common shares at an undisclosed price.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 10 points to 2106. Bitcoin added $5 to $220.

Higher open on rising oil prices

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Rising crude oil prices lifted the markets to a higher open with Dow climbing 82 points to 18,118. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 4,995.

On the upside

Celsion (Nasdaq: CLSN) reported positive interim data from a Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox to treat recurrent chest wall breast cancer.

Smith & Wesson (Nasdaq: SWHC) raised its outlook for the fourth quarter and full year.

Shares of AirMedia (Nasdaq: AMCN) climbed for the seventh straight day.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on 58.com (NYSE: WUBA).

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) will buy Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) in an all stock deal valued at approximately $16.6 billion but Alcatel-Lucent shareholders were disappointed that no cash would be part of the transaction.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Northstar Asset Management (NYSE: NSAM).
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 11 points to 2107. Bitcoin added $6 to $220.

Mixed close over earnings

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It was a mixed close for the markets with Dow rising 59 points to 18,036 over earnings news. Nasdaq lost 10 points to 4,977.

On the upside

Solazyme (Nasdaq: SZYM) entered a strategic agreement with Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK) to jointly commercialize and market the environmentally conscious drilling fluid additive Flocapso.

Shares of Voltari (Nasdaq: VLTC) continued climbing.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Avon Products (NYSE: AVP) was exploring a possible sale of its North America business.

On the downside

MiMedx (Nasdaq: MDXG) reported preliminary first quarter that was in-line with previous guidance but the company warned that difficult weather challenges negatively impacted revenue.

Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) rival Social Gaming Network indicated to FOXBusiness.com that it was preparing for an initial public offering.

Investors locked in profits on Noah Holdings (NYSE: NOAH).
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 2095. Bitcoin lost $6 to $214.

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