Higher close on stimulus plans

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Global economic stimulus measures lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow soaring 91 points to 17,810. Nasdaq rose 11 points to 4,712.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of E-House China (NYSE: EJ).

Optimism that China's interest rate cut will spark economic activity lifted shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (Nasdaq: CLF). 

Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) announced that its Cidade de Ilhabela offshore platform became operational.

On the downside

Amedica (Nasdaq: AMDA) priced its public offering of more than 11.4 million units at the discounted price of $1.14 per unit.

Renren (NYSE: RENN) widened third quarter losses more than expected as revenue dropped.

NeoStem (NYSE: NBS) clarified certain facts about the Phase 2 PreSERVE clinical trial but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 10 points to 2063. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $351.
The markets traded higher during the midday with the Dow climbing 75 points to 17,794 after China cut interest rates and the European Central Bank hinted that it may soon take action to strengthen the European economy. Nasdaq added 7 points to 4,709.

On the upside

Shares of Geron (Nasdaq: GERN) extended its gains.

Endurance International (Nasdaq: EIGI) priced its public offering of 13 million common shares at $14.50 per share. 

Bargain hunters lifted shares of SouFun Holdings (NYSE: SFUN).

On the downside

MOL Global (Nasdaq: MOLG) chief financial officer Allan Wong resigned effective immediately and the company delayed the release of its third quarter results.

Aruba Networks (Nasdaq: ARUN) swung to a better than expected profit for the first quarter but the company forecast current quarter revenue that missed analyst estimates.

Westco Aircraft (NYSE: WAIR) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 2058. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $353.
China's unexpected rate cut sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher open with the Dow surging 143 points to 17,862. Nasdaq climbed 31 points to 4,733.

On the upside

Splunk (Nasdaq: SPLK) widened losses for the third quarter but the results were better than expected and the company forecast current quarter and full year revenue above analyst estimates.

Net Element (Nasdaq: NETE) extended its gains. 

Lincoln Park Capital agreed to purchase up to $55 million of Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq: GALE) common stock.

On the downside

GameStop (NYSE: GME) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations and lowered its full year guidance.

On Track Innovations (Nasdaq: OTIV) priced its public offering of 6.25 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.60 per share.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: LXRX) priced its public offering of more than 49.7 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.005 per share.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 9 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 16 points to 2069. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $353.

Strong home sales lift markets

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A strong 1.5% increase in existing home sales lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow gaining 33 points to 17,719. Nasdaq climbed 26 points to 4,701.

On the upside

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

Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) launched the REALPortal(R) platform for investors to access data on loans serviced by Ocwen. 

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) increased its quarterly dividend and forecast 2015 revenue ahead of analyst estimates.

On the downside

Donaldson (NYSE: DCI) disappointed with first quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations prompting the company to lower its full year outlook.

Datawatch (Nasdaq: DWCH) widened fourth quarter losses.

Liquidity Services (Nasdaq: LQDT) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter as revenue slipped.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 4 points to 2052. Bitcoin fell $18 to $356.

Upbeat economic data lifts markets

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The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators advanced more than expected to lift the markets during the midday with the Dow rising 10 points to 17,696. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 4,694.

On the upside

Shares of Habit Restaurants (Nasdaq: HABT) more than doubled in its market debut.

IFS Securities affirmed its Strong Buy rating on Net Element (Nasdaq: NETE) with a price target of $5.50. 

EDAP (Nasdaq: EDAP) swung to a profit for the third quarter as revenue climbed.

On the downside

Third quarter earnings and revenue rose for Jumei International Holding (NYSE: JMEI) but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

Shares of Neothetics (Nasdaq: NEOT) tumbled on its first trading day.

Keurig Green Mountain (Nasdaq: GMCR) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that topped expectations but the company forecast current quarter revenue below estimates and the company announced the departure of chief financial officer Frances Rathke in 2015.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added a point to 2050. Bitcoin fell $16 to $359.

Mixed open over economic data

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The markets opened mixed with the Dow losing 38 points to 17,647 while Nasdaq rose 7 points to 4,683 as consumer prices held steady in October.

On the upside

Magal Security Systems (Nasdaq: MAGS) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter as revenue surged.

Third quarter earnings surged for Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin. 

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations prompting the company to lift its full year outlook.

On the downside

GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) priced its follow-on public offering of more than 10.3 million common shares at the discounted price of $75 per share.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: LXRX) commenced an offering to sell $75 million of convertible senior notes and $50 million of its common stock.

Rockwell (Nasdaq: RMTI) priced its public offering of 6.5 million common share at the discounted price of $9 per share.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 4 points to 2044. Bitcoin fell $16 to $359.
Investors were disappointed that Federal Reserve meeting minutes gave little indication of when interest rates would rise. The markets closed lower with the Dow easing 2 points to 17,685. Nasdaq fell 26 points to 4,675.

On the upside

Simon Property Group acquired a 3.6% stake in The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC).

Target (NYSE: TGT) reported higher third quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations. 

Third quarter earnings rose for Lowe's Companies (NYSE: LOW) to top estimates prompting the company to lift its full year guidance.

On the downside

Robert W. Baird downgraded Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) from a Neutral rating to an Underperform rating.

E-House (NYSE: EJ) reported lower third quarter earnings and cut its full year outlook.

Falling thermal coal prices weighed down shares of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 3 points to 2048. Bitcoin slipped $1 to $375.
Despite an increase in housing starts, the markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow slipping 15 points to 17,672 ahead of the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes. Nasdaq lost 18 points to 4,683.

On the upside

China Distance Education Holdings (NYSE: DL) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) narrowed losses for the third quarter as revenue rose. 

Soaring auction bids for airwaves boosted shares of spectrum owner Dish Networks (Nasdaq: DISH).

On the downside

Leju Holdings (NYSE: LEJU) reported higher third quarter earnings but revenue fell short of expectations and the Chinese online real estate company forecast full year results below expectations.

Investors locked in profits on Harmony Gold (NYSE: HMY).

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) commenced a public offering of $100 million worth of convertible preferred stock.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 4 points to 2047. Bitcoin lost $2 to $374.
The markets opened lower with the Dow losing 46 points to 17,641 as investors await the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes. Nasdaq dropped 29 points to 4,672.

On the upside

Oplink Communications (Nasdaq: OPLK) will be acquired by Koch Industries for a premium of approximately $445 million in cash.

Third quarter earnings rose for Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) to top analyst estimates. 

Agios Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AGIO) reported positive interim data from a Phase 1 study of AG-120 in treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

On the downside

Vipshop Holdings (NYSE: VIPS) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates but investors were disappointed that the company's fourth quarter outlook merely met expectations.

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) may close the Bloom Lake mine as part of its plans to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations.

Constellium (NYSE: CSTM) reported lower third quarter earnings that missed expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 2044. Bitcoin fell $10 to $374.
The possibility of new economic stimulus measures in Japan boosted the markets to a higher close with the Dow rising 40 points to close at a record 17,687. Nasdaq gained 31 points to 4,702.

On the upside

Shares of Amarin (Nasdaq: AMRN) extended its gains.

Actavis (NYSE: ACT) and Allergan (NYSE: AGN) stock both continued climbing. 

Gold prices rallied to lift shares of Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC).

On the downside

Profit taking weighed down share of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SNSS).

Investors locked in profits on Viggle (Nasdaq: VGGL).

The Food and Drug Administration placed a partial hold on CytRx's (Nasdaq: CYTR) clinical trials for aldoxorubicin.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 10 points to 2051. Bitcoin fell $10 to $374.
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