Upbeat earnings lifted the markets to a higher close with Dow gaining 21 points to 18,080. Nasdaq climbed 36 points to 5,092.

On the upside

The Lancelot published positive results from a Phase 3 study of GlaxoSmithKline's (NYSE: GSK) malaria vaccine RTS,S, which incorporates Agenus' (NYSE: AGEN) QS021 Stimulon.

Shares of Vale (NYSE: VALE) climbed after rival iron ore producer BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) announced plans to scale down its expansion plans.

Third quarter earnings slipped for Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) but the results topped analyst estimates prompting an upgrade.

On the downside

Catalyst Pharmaceutical's (Nasdaq: CPRX) rival Jacobus Pharmaceuticals presented positive data for a drug that is similar to one being developed by Catalyst.

DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV) reported lower third quarter earnings and revenue.

ResMed (NYSE: RMD) reported higher quarter earnings and revenue but Macquarie downgraded the company from an Outperform rating to a Neutral rating.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues barely edged out decliners by a slim margin on the NYSE while decliners outpaced advancers by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 4 points to 2117. Bitcoin edged up $1 to $230.

Markets higher on strong earnings

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The markets extended its gains during the midday with Dow rising 35 points to 18,094 on strong earnings. Nasdaq gained 40 points to 5,096.

On the upside

Gigamon (NYSE: GIMO) narrowed first quarter losses more than expected as revenue surged.

eHealth (Nasdaq: EHTH) widened losses for the first quarter but the results were better than expected.

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) reported sharply higher first quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.

On the downside

Xerox (NYSE: XRX) disappointed with lower first quarter earnings and revenue and cut its full year earnings outlook.

First quarter earnings slipped for Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) even as revenue climbed to top estimates.

American Superconductor (Nasdaq: AMSC) priced its public offering of 4 million common shares at the discounted price of $6 per share.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 6 points to 2119. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $229.
The markets opened higher with Dow adding 8 points to 18,067 after Greece raised much needed funds from privatizing its horseracing gambling license. Nasdaq climbed 35 points to 5,091.

On the upside

LookSmart (Nasdaq: LOOK) will merge with Pyxis' wholly owned subsidiary Maritime Technologies.

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) fell to a loss for the first quarter but the results were better than expected and revealed that its Amazon Web Services has grown into a $5 billion business prompting J.P. Morgan to upgrade the online retailer from a neutral rating to an overweight rating and lifted its price target from $375 to $535.

Acacia Research (Nasdaq: ACTG) narrowed first quarter losses as revenue rose.

On the downside

Aerie Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AERI) reported disappointing results from a Phase 3 registration trial for Rhopressa.

Spectranetics (Nasdaq: SPNC) widened losses for the first quarter.

HomeAway (Nasdaq: AWAY) fell to a loss for the first quarter, forecast second quarter revenue below estimates and announced the resignation of president and chief operating officer Brent Bellm.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 2116. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $230.

Higher close on upbeat earnings

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Despite an unexpected increase in jobless claims, the markets closed higher with Dow rising 20 points to 18,058 on upbeat corporate earnings. Nasdaq gained 20 points to 5,056.

On the upside

First quarter earnings plunged for Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq: ASPS) but the results were better than expected.

Scynexis (Nasdaq: SCYX) priced its public offering of more than 4.6 million common shares at yesterday's closing price of $7.70 per share.

Sphere 3D (Nasdaq: ANY) will showcase its visualization and data management solutions in collaboration with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) at Microsoft Technology Center locations.

On the downside

Cinedigm (Nasdaq: CIDM) announced a private placement of $60 million in convertible senior notes.

Inventure Foods (Nasdaq: SNAK) voluntarily recalled certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen frozen vegetables and selected varieties of its Jamba "At Home" line of smoothie kits.

Marinemax (NYSE: HZO) swung to a profit for the second quarter but the results fell far short of analyst expectations.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 4 points to 2112. Bitcoin added $1 to $233.
The markets reversed course to trade higher during the midday with Dow gaining 43 points to 18,081 as crude oil prices rebounded. Nasdaq rose 14 points to 5,049.

On the upside

Medidata Solutions (Nasdaq: MDSO) reversed year ago losses to post a stronger than expected profit for the first quarter as revenue climbed.

Shares of Viggle (Nasdaq: VGGL) climbed for the fourth day straight on no news.

First quarter earnings slipped for AT&T (NYSE: T) but the company's wireless revenue grew.

On the downside

General Motors (NYSE: GM) reported higher first quarter earnings but the results missed analyst estimates.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Voltari (Nasdaq: VLTC).

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) widened losses more than expected for the first quarter as revenue fell.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 6 points to 2114. Bitcoin added $2 to $233.
The markets opened lower with Dow losing 43 points to 17,995 as first time applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose. Nasdaq slipped 7 points to 5,027.

On the upside

Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) will acquire Pace in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $2.1 billion.

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center selected Sysorex's (Nasdaq: SYRX) Lilien Systems division as one of the 65 Prime Contract Holders under the Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions contract.

Skechers USA (NYSE: SKX) impressed with sharply higher first quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations prompting an upgrade.

On the downside

Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) disappointed with lower first quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

MobileIron (Nasdaq: MOBL) warned that first quarter earnings would  fall short of previous guidance and announced the resignation of chief financial officer Todd Ford.

First quarter earnings and revenue rose for Texas Instruments (Nasdaq: TXN) but the results missed estimates prompting a downgrade.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2104. Bitcoin added $3 to $234.
A strong increase in existing home sales boosted the markets to a higher close with Dow climbing 88 points to 18,038. Nasdaq gained 21 points to 5,035.

On the upside

Shares of Gevo (Nasdaq: GEVO) soared after completing a 1-for-15 reverse stock split after market close on Monday.

Carlson Capital acquired a 5.3% stake in Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI).

EMC (NYSE: EMC) reported lower first quarter earnings due to the strong dollar but impressive results by subsidiary VMware (NYSE: VMW) lifted the stock price.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on Celladon (Nasdaq: CLDN).

Former BIOLASE (Nasdaq: BIOL) chairman and chief executive Federico Pignatelli withdrew his name as a nominee for the board of directors.

DR Horton (NYSE: DHI) reported higher second quarter earnings and revenue but the stock price fell over margin concerns.
 
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 10 points to 2107. Bitcoin added $1 to $234.
Sales of existing homes soared 6.1% in March to lift the markets higher during the midday with Dow gaining 51 points to 18,000. Nasdaq rose 8 points to 5,022.

On the upside

Brookfield Asset Management will pay a premium in  cash to acquire Associated Estates Realty (NYSE: AEC) in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion including the assumption of debt.

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) impressed with sharply higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

ASML Holding (Nasdaq: ASML) announced a contract to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV lithography systems to a client.

On the downside

Super Micro Computer (Nasdaq: SMCI) reported higher third quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst estimates.

Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP) slashed its quarterly dividend from 35 cents per share to 9 cents per share payable on May 14, 2015 to shareholders of record May 5, 2015.

First quarter earnings rose for Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) but revenue and same store sales fell short of analyst expectations and the fast-casual restaurant chain warned that a shortage of pork will continue to negatively impact sales.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 7 points to 2104. Bitcoin added $3 to $235. 
Disappointing earnings weighed the markets down to a modestly lower open with Dow slipping 28 points to 17,921. Nasdaq lost 11 points to 5,002.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) clearance to Great Basin Scientific's (Nasdaq: GBSN) molecular diagnostic test for Group B Streptococcus.

Procera Networks (Nasdaq: PKT) will be acquired by Francisco Partners Management for $240 million in cash.

Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) swung to an unexpected profit for the first quarter.

On the downside

Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) disappointed with sharply lower third quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

Bloomberg reported that the Justice Department is investigating Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) for possible criminal charges related to the company's guardrails.

First quarter earnings dropped for Adtran (Nasdaq: ADTN) to fall short of estimates.
 
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2095. Bitcoin added $3 to $235.

Mixed close over earnings

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It was a mixed close with Dow dropping 85 points to 17,949 while Nasdaq gained 19 points to 5,014 over a mixed bag of corporate earnings.

On the upside

Bargain hunters continued to lift shares of Viggle (Nasdaq: VGGL).

Allegheny Technologies (NYSE: ATI) swung to a profit for the first quarter as revenue rose.

Advaxis (Nasdaq: ADXS) reported positive data from two preclinical studies of ADXS-HPV and upbeat preliminary data from on ongoing Phase 1 trial of ADXS-HER2.

On the downside

Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) fell to a loss as revenue dropped more than expected and the company forecast current quarter revenue below estimates.

Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK) warned of losses for the first quarter as revenue fell.

Investors locked in profits on Nymox Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: NYMX).
 
In the broad market, advancing issues barely edged out decliners by a slim margin on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2097. Bitcoin gained $8 to $231.

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