April 2013 Archives

The markets closed higher with the Dow rising 21 points to 14,839 as April consumer confidence increased more than expected. Nasdaq climbed 21 points to 3328.

On the upside

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE: ABV) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue.


First quarter earnings and revenue rose for Invesco (NYSE: IVZ) to surpass analyst expectations.


Texas Roadhouse (Nasdaq: TXRH) reported higher first quarter earnings that topped estimates as revenue climbed.


On the downside


First quarter earnings for Cummins (NYSE: CMI) fell more than expected as revenue dropped.


Masco (NYSE: MAS) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of expectations.


Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) reported higher first quarter earnings but the refiner warned that the spread between West Texas Intermediate and London Brent crude is expected to widen.

  

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 index rose 3 points to 1597.

Consumer confidence climbed more than expected to lift the markets during the midday with the Dow adding 4 points to 14,823. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 3325.

On the upside

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) engaged in discussions with the Food and Drug Administration for next steps in securing approval for the abuse resistant pain treatment Remoxy that was jointly developed by Pain Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTIE) and Durect (Nasdaq: DRRX).


Transition Therapeutics (Nasdaq: TTHI) reported positive results from a clinical study of its type 2 diabetes treatment TT-401.


First quarter earnings slipped for 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) but revenue rose to beat expectations.


On the downside


Indications that the Food and Drug Administration will require additional testing for Delcath Systems' (Nasdaq: DCTH) chemotherapy system Melblez sent shares of the medical device maker tumbling.


Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) reported lower first quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.


First quarter earnings slipped for U. S. Silica Holdings (NYSE: SLCA).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added 2 points to 1596.

Disappointing earnings weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow dropping 71 points to 14,747. Nasdaq eased a point to 3305.

On the upside

Deutsche Bank upgraded Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) from a Hold rating to a Buy rating.


Meritor (NYSE: MTOR) fell to a loss for the second quarter but the results were better than expected.


Hedge fund JANA Partners acquired a 9.1% stake in Oil States International (NYSE: OIS).


On the downside


Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN) fell to loss for the second quarter as expenses climbed.


Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) disappointed with sharply lower first quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations prompting the company to lower its second quarter dividend.


A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will review Aveo Pharmaceuticals' (Nasdaq: AVEO) kidney cancer treatment tivozanib to determine if further study is needed.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 5 points to 1588.

Upbeat economic data boosted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow surging 106 points to 14,818. Nasdaq climbed 27 points to 3307.

On the upside

Orchard Supply Hardware (Nasdaq: OSH) expects first quarter same store sales to climb 9.0% - 11.0% and extended the date to reach an agreement with its term loan lenders to June 30, 2013 from May 1, 2013.


Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) will pay approximately $61 million in cash to acquire the Sebree aluminum smelter in Kentucky.


First quarter earnings surged for Medidata Solutions (Nasdaq: MDSO) to beat expectations by a wide margin prompting the company to lift its full year guidance.


On the downside


J. P. Morgan downgraded Leap Wireless International (Nasdaq: LEAP) to an Underweight rating.


Greenway Medical Technologies (NYSE: GWAY) warned of losses for the 2013 fiscal year.


Investors locked in profits on Biolase (Nasdaq: BIOL).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 11 points to 1593.

The markets extended its gains during the midday with the Dow soaring 93 points to 14,806 as March consumer spending rose 0.2%. Nasdaq gained 33 points to 3312.

On the upside

Telular (Nasdaq: WRLS) will be acquired by Avista Capital Partners in a deal valued at approximately $253 million.


Wells Fargo upgraded NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD) to a Buy rating.


Moody's (NYSE: MCO) settled two investor lawsuits alleging that the firm inflated ratings on two structured investment vehicles.


On the downside


Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AUXL) widened first quarter losses as revenue dropped.


Five Star Quality Care (NYSE: FVE) reported higher first quarter earnings but the results fell short of expectations.


News that Merck (NYSE: MRK) chose to collaborate with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) to develop Pfizer's diabetes treatment ertugliflozin raised concerns that Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: LXRX) will have problems securing a development partner for its diabetes drug.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 11 points to 1593.

Pending home sales rose in March to lift the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 61 points to 14,773. Nasdaq climbed 28 points to 3308.

On the upside

Bayer will pay approximately $1.1 billion to acquire Conceptus (Nasdaq: CPTS).


Alibaba purchased an 18% stake in Sina's (Nasdaq: SINA) Weibo microblogging site.


Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE: PBR) trades ex-dividend tomorrow, April 30, 2013.


On the downside


Nam Tai Electronics (NYSE: NTE) swung to a profit for the first quarter as revenue more than doubled but gross profit margin slipped.


National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) will offer 9.75 billion euros worth of stock in order to raise capital.


Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) will proceed wil a full feasibility study to expand its Tasiast operation with a 38,000 tone per day mill.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 8 points to 1590.

Mixed Close Over Economic Data

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It was a mixed close for the markets with the Dow adding 11 points to 14,712 while Nasdaq slipped 10 points to 3279 as investors weighed a better than expected consumer sentiment report against a disappointingly small gain in the nation's GDP.

On the upside

Theravance (Nasdaq: THRX) fell to a loss for the first quarter but the stock price climbed after the biopharmaceutical announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies.


LogMeIn (Nasdaq: LOGM) reported a loss for the first quarter but the results were better than expected prompting upgrades.


Newpark Resources (NYSE: NR) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates and announced plans to repurchase up to $50 million worth of stock.


On the downside


Dyax (Nasdaq: DYAX) reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter.


Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS) disappointed with sharply lower fourth quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.


PMC-Sierra (Nasdaq: PMCS) reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter as revenue fell.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 2 points to 1582.

The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow rising 12 points to 14,713 while Nasdaq lost 11 points to 3278 as consumer sentiment slipped less than expected in April.

On the upside

Robert W. Baird upgraded SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) to an Outperform rating.


Third quarter earnings surged for Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin as revenue soared.


D. R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) reported sharply higher second quarter earnings that more than doubled to beat analyst estimates as revenue surged.


On the downside


Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) fell to an unexpected loss for the first quarter as revenue dropped.


Covidien (NYSE: COV) disappointed with lower second quarter earnings that fell short of expectations.


Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) widened first quarter losses even as revenue climbed and the online travel service cut its full year earnings outlook.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 3 points to 1582.

The nation's economy expanded at a slower than expected pace in the first quarter to weigh the markets down to a lower open with the Dow slipping 5 points to 14,695. Nasdaq fell 16 points to 3273.

On the upside

The committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency granted a positive opinion to Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AVNR) for its pseudobulbar affect treatment NUEDEXTA.


Billionaire George Soros acquired a 7.9% stake in J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP).


Qlik Technologies (Nasdaq: RRD) widened first quarter losses but the results were better than expected and the company lifted its full year outlook.


On the downside


Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue but profit growth slowed.


First quarter earnings rose for PerkinElmer (NYSE: PKI) but the results fell short of analyst expectations.


Desarrolladora Homex (NYSE: HXM) disappointed with sharply lower first quarter earnings and revenue.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index eased a fraction to 1584.

Falling jobless claims lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow rising 24 points to 14,700. Nasdaq gained 20 points to 3289.

On the upside

ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) reported lower first quarter earnings as student enrollment fell but the results beat expectations.


Yandex (Nasdaq: YNDX) reported sharply higher first quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations prompting the Russian search engine to lift its full year outlook.


First quarter earnings slipped for RR Donnelley (Nasdaq: RRD) but the results were better than expected.


On the downside


Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) reported lower first quarter earnings that missed expectations and forecast current quarter results below estimates.


First quarter earnings and revenue fell for Patterson-UTI Energy (Nasdaq: PTEN).


Raymond James Financial (NYSE: RJF) reported higher second quarter earnings but the results fell 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 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 6 points to 1585.

The markets extended its gains during the midday with the Dow climbing 87 points to 14,763 as jobless claims fell more than expected. Nasdaq gained 29 points to 3298.

On the upside

Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations prompting an upgrade.


Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) widened third quarter losses but the storage memory developer forecast current quarter revenue above expectations.


Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) narrowed first quarter losses more than expected as revenue soared.


On the downside


The California Department of Toxic Substances Control ordered Exide Technologies (Nasdaq: XIDE) to suspend operations at its secondary lead recycling facility in Vernon, California for failing to comply with health risk standards.


A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote that Whiting USA Trust (NYSE: WHX) was significantly overvalued.


Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) disappointed with lower second quarter earnings.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 9 points to 1588.

A larger than expected drop in first time applications for unemployment benefits lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 59 points to 14,735. Nasdaq climbed 26 points to 3296.

On the upside

Brookfield Office Properties (NYSE: BPO) will pay premium of $3.15 per share in cash to acquire MPG Office Trust (NYSE: MPG) .


Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) narrowed first quarter losses more than expected as revenue climbed.


Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) reported lower first quarter earnings as iron ore prices dropped but the results surpassed analyst expectations.


On the downside


Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) swung to an unexpected profit for the first quarter but revenue dropped and the online gaming company forecast current quarter results below estimates.


Safeway (NYSE: SWY) reported higher first quarter earnings but revenue slipped to fall short of expectations.


Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) trimmed its third quarter and full year guidance citing a challenging tax season.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of  5 to 2 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 10 points to 1588.

Economy Weighs On Investors

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Dismal earnings and a sharp drop in durable goods orders weighed the markets down to a lower close with the Dow falling 43 points to 14,676. Nasdaq held steady at 3269.

On the upside

Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) widened fourth quarter losses but analysts expect performance to improve as the grocery store chain transitions into a leaner company.


Magnum Hunter Resources (NYSE: MHR) completed the sale of its Eagle Ford Shale properties for $401 million.


Rising gold and silver prices lifted shares of Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI), Harmony Gold (NYSE: HMY), Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) and Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ).


On the downside


Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations.


Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) reported higher first quarter earnings but revenue missed expectations while expenses climbed prompting Piper Jaffary to downgrade the biotechnology company.


DeVry (NYSE: DV) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings and revenue as new undergraduate enrollment tumbled.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index held steady at 1578.

The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow losing 32 points to 14,686 as corporate earnings disappointed. Nasdaq slipped 6 points to 3262.

On the upside

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) sold the 139-megawatt Campo Verde Solar Project in Imperial County, California to Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy.


Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) reported sharply higher first quarter earnings that nearly doubled to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin as revenue climbed.


Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) fell to a loss for the first quarter but the results were better than expected.


On the downside


Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) reported higher first quarter earnings but the company forecast current quarter results below expectations.


First quarter earnings rose for AT&T (NYSE: T) but revenue dropped as cellphone subscribers fell.


Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates but the company forecast current quarter earnings that missed expectations.

  

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 a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added a point to 1579.

A larger than expected drop in durable goods orders weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow slipping 19 points to 14,699. Nasdaq lost 8 points to 3260.

On the upside

Georgia-Pacific will pay a premium of $37.50 per share in cash to acquire Buckeye Technologies (NYSE: BKI) in a deal valued at approximately $1.5 billion.


Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM) impressed with first quarter earnings that more than doubled to surpass analyst expectations as revenue rose.


Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) reported lower first quarter earnings but the results were better than expected.


On the downside


Vocus (Nasdaq: VOCS) reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter and forecast current quarter as well as full year results below analyst estimates.


A large patent litigation payment from Medtronic lifted first quarter earnings for Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW) but the company lowered its full year guidance.


Unisys (NYSE: UIS) fell to a loss for the first quarter as revenue dropped.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index eased a fraction to 1577.

Upbeat earnings and better than expected new home sales sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow leaping 152 points to 14,719. Nasdaq jumped 35 points to 3269.

On the upside

Superconductor Technologies (Nasdaq: SCON) received purchase orders from several leading multinational industrial companies for its Conductus 2G HTS wire.


ARM Holdings (Nasdaq: ARMH) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.


Caesars Entertainment (Nasdaq: CZR) will partner with Apollo Management and TPG Capital to create a new company to run its online business and other assets.


On the downside


Gannett (NYSE: GCI) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations but advertising revenue fell.


First quarter earnings climbed for Ryder System (NYSE: R) but revenue missed expectations.


II-VI (Nasdaq: IIVI) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index soared 16 points to 1578.

New Home Sales Climb, Markets Soar

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A stronger than expected increase in new home sales lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow soaring 132 points to 14,699. Nasdaq surged 34 points to 3268.

On the upside

First quarter earnings fell for Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) but the results were better than expected.


A sharp 18.5% year over year surge in March new home sales lifted shares of Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL).


Illumina (Nasdaq: ILMN) fell to a loss for the first quarter due to a patent infringement judgement against the company but the results were better than expected.


On the downside


Profit taking sank shares of Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners (Nasdaq: CPRX).


Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) fell to a wider than expected loss for the first quarter as revenue dropped.


Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Eldorado Gold (NYSE: EGO) and Harmony Gold (NYSE: HMY).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 14 points to 1577.

Higher Open On Strong Earnings

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The markets opened higher with the Dow soaring 135 points to 14,702 on strong corporate earnings. Nasdaq climbed 31 points to 3265.

On the upside

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) reversed year ago losses to post a better than expected profit for the first quarter.


Coach (NYSE: COH) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates as revenue rose.


Pentair (NYSE: PNR) will trade ex-dividend tomorrow, April 24, 2013.


On the downside


TheStreet Ratings reiterated its Hold rating on Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS).


Deutsche Bank downgraded Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) yesterday to a Sell rating.


Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) from a Buy rating to an Underperform rating and lowered its earnings estimates on the fast food restaurant operator.

  

The broader S&P 500 index gained 13 points to 1576.

Higher Close On Upbeat Earnings

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Upbeat earnings lifted the markets to a modestly higher close with the Dow rising 19 points to 14,567. Nasdaq climbed 27 points to 3233.

On the upside

Met-Pro (NYSE: MPR) will be acquired by CECO Environmental in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $210 million.


UBS lifted its price target on Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) from $2.20 to $4.70.


Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX) narrowed first quarter losses as attendance surged.


On the downside


Profit taking sank shares of Desarrolladora Homex (NYSE: HXM).


JPMorgan Chase downgraded Wipro (NYSE: WIT) from an Overweight rating to a Neutral rating.


Glancy Binkow & Goldberg expanded the period of its class action lawsuit against ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 7 points to 1562.

Mixed Markets Over Earnings

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The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow losing 35 points to 14,511 while Nasdaq gained 10 points to 3216 as investors digested earnings reports.

On the upside

Forbes listed ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACAD) as the best performing biotechnology stock over the past 52 weeks.


A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote that Delcath Systems (NYSE: DCTH) had both short term and long term potential.


B. Riley upgraded Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) from a Sell rating to a Neutral rating.


On the downside


Shares of Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) continued falling after firing PricewaterhouseCoopers as its auditor last week.


Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT) stock fell ahead of its earnings release after market close.


Koninklijke Philips (NYSE: PHG) reported lower first quarter earnings and revenue and warned of that global economic conditions would weigh on the first half of 2013.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index edged up a fraction to 1556.

Lower Open As Home Sales Slip

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The markets opened lower with the Dow tumbling 85 points to 14,461 as existing home sales slipped 0.6% in March. Nasdaq lost 3 points to 3202.

On the upside

ABB offered a premium of approximately $1 billion to acquire Power-One (Nasdaq: PWER).


Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) fell to a loss for the first quarter due to expenses related to the Deep Horizon oil spill but the results were better than expected.


ARCA biopharma (Nasdaq: ABIO) will collaborate with Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) to conducta Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of its atrial fibrillation prevention drug Gencaro.


On the downside


Audley Capital once again called on investors to vote for the slate of nominees for the Board of Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) that is supported by Audley Capital.


AmTrust Financial Services (Nasdaq: AFSI) completed its $60 million acquisition of Sequoia Insurance.


A Seeking Alpha contributor suggested that investors avoid Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) .

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 6 points to 1548.

Upbeat earnings lifted the markets to a modestly higher close with the Dow rising 10 points to 14,547 even as the lockdown in Boston continued. Nasdaq soared 39 points to 3206.

On the upside

Desarrolladora Homex (NYSE: HXM) will sell its stake in two prisons to avoid restructuring its debt.


Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected as revenue climbed.


Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) reported higher first quarter earnings that beat expectations as revenue rose.


On the downside


Lattice Semiconductor (Nasdaq: LSCC) reported swung to a first quarter profit but the results fell short of expectations.


Performant Financial (Nasdaq: PFMT) priced its secondary offering of 6 million common shares at the discounted price of $12.00 per share.


Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) rejected Audley Capital's accusations of mismanagement as baseless and inaccurate while urging all shareholders to support the ten nominees recommended by its Board.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 13 points to 1555.

Trading remained muted as investors continued to focus on the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow slipping 17 points to 14,519 while Nasdaq climbed 36 points to 3202.

On the upside

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) surged on its first trading day.


Shares of Blackhawk Network Holdings (Nasdaq: HAWK) soared in its market debut.


Celanese (NYSE: CE) reported better than expected first quarter earnings.


On the downside


First quarter earnings plunged for Acacia Research (Nasdaq: ACTG) as revenue dropped.


Rambus (Nasdaq: RMBS) reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter.


UBS downgraded Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 10 points to 1552.

The markets opened mixed with the Dow losing 43 points to 14,493 while Nasdaq gained 25 points to 3191 as investors monitored progress in the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

On the upside

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: VRTX) reported positive results from a midstage clinical trial of its cystic fibrosis treatment VX-661.


Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF) reported lower first quarter earnings but the results were better than expected.


Third quarter earnings rose for Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to top analyst estimates as revenue climbed.


On the downside


International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) reported lower first quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.


Air Methods (Nasdaq: AIRM) warned of losses for the first quarter as patient transports fell.


General Electric (NYSE: GE) reported higher first quarter earnings but revenue slipped and European results dropped more than expected.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 5 points to 1547.

An uptick in jobless claims weighed the markets down to a lower close with the Dow dropping 81 points to 14,537. Nasdaq tumbled 38 points to 3166.

On the upside

Peabody Energy's better than expected results and upbeat outlook for coal demand lifted shares of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).


First quarter earnings nearly tripled for Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK) to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin as revenue climbed.


Shares of Lattice Semiconductor (Nasdaq: LSCC) rose ahead of its earnings release after market close.


On the downside


Cypress Semiconductor (Nasdaq: CY) widened first quarter losses as revenue fell.


Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) fell to an unexpected loss for the first quarter on lower revenue.


Sinovac Biotech (Nasdaq: SVA) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter as revenue dropped.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 10 points to 1541.

Lower Markets On Mixed Earnings

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Mixed corporate earnings weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow falling 58 points to 14,560. Nasdaq dropped 27 points to 3177.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor took a long position on Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI).


Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) fell to a loss for the first quarter but the results were better than expected.


The Toronto Stock Exchange accepted Eldorado Gold's (NYSE: EGO) to renew its normal course issuer bid.


On the downside


Ultratech (Nasdaq: UTEK) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of expectations.


Uni-Pixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) priced its public offering of 1.195 million common shares at the discounted price of $32 per share


Profit taking sank shares of Acura Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACUR).

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index lost 7 points to 1544.

Lower Open As Jobless Claims Rise

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The markets opened lower with the Dow dropping 64 points to 14,553 as first time applications for unemployment benefits rose. Nasdaq fell 23 points to 3180.

On the upside

Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM) reported higher first quarter earnings.


A Food and Drug advisory panel recommended approval for Theravance's (Nasdaq: THRX) Breo Ellipta inhaler.

 

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) reported lower first quarter earnings but the results were better than expected as revenue rose.


On the downside


Nokia (NYSE: NOK) narrowed first quarter losses but revenue dropped as phone sale tumbled.


Exact Sciences (Nasdaq: EXAS) reported that its Cologuard colorectal cancer screening test met the goal of a late stage trial but the detection rate fell short of analyst expectations.


First quarter earnings rose for eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) to top analyst estimates but the online commerce platform forecast current quarter earnings and revenue below expectations.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index lost 8 points to 1543.

Weak corporate earnings sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower close with the Dow plummeting 138 points to 14,618. Nasdaq plunged 59 points to 3204.

On the upside

Shares of ECOtality (Nasdaq: ECTY) continued climbing after Vista Partners initiated coverage of the clean electric transportation technologies company yesterday with a price target of $3.70.


Abiomed (Nasdaq: ABMD) reported preliminary fourth quarter revenue that beat analyst expectations.

 

Zacks expects Nokia (NYSE: NOK) to report first quarter results ahead of expectations.


On the downside


Audley Capital requested that Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) provide per ton of production SG&A analysis compared to the average of its peer group.


Profit taking sank shares of Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL).


Retreating gold and silver prices weighed down shares of Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE: CDE), McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX), Seabridge Gold (NYSE: SA) and Silver Standard Resources (Nasdaq: SSRI).

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 4 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index plunged 22 points to 1552.

The markets extended its losses during the midday with the Dow sinking 152 points to 14,603 over disappointing corporate earnings. Nasdaq plummeted 65 points to 3199.

On the upside

Shares of Fairway Group (Nasdaq: FWM) surged on its first trading day.


Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYSE: ATLS) will pay $1 billion in cash to acquire TEAK Midstream.

 

Williams Financial Group lifted its price target on Uni-Pixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) from $40 to $60.


On the downside


InnerWorkings (Nasdaq: INWK) cut its 2013 full year earnings and revenue guidance.


The Food and Drug Administration recalled Accuray's (Nasdaq: ARAY) CyberKnife Iris Variable Aperture Collimator.


E2open (Nasdaq: EOPN) fell to a wider than expected loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter results below estimates.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index tumbled 19 points to 1554.

Disappointing earnings sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower open with the Dow plummeting 125 points to 14,631. Nasdaq plunged 50 points to 3213.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor expects Acura Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACUR) to benefit from the Food and Drug Administration's statement that abuse deterrent opioid analgesics were a priority.


OCZ Technology (Nasdaq: OCZ) updated investors on the progress of its financial restatements.

 

Alkermes (Nasdaq: ALKS) reported positive results from a Phase 2 trial of its major depressive disorder treatment ALKS 5461.


On the downside


Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS) forecast first quarter revenue below analyst expectations.


First quarter earnings slipped for Textron (NYSE: TXT) and the company cut its 2013 outlook.


Shares of Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) continued falling after the oil and gas company provided an operational update yesterday.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index tumbled 19 points to 1554.

Recovering gold prices sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow jumping 157 points to 4,756. Nasdaq leaped 48 points to 3264.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Himax Technologies (Nasdaq: HIMX), whose stock price fell last week on a negative Seeking Alpha article.


Deutsche Bank upgraded Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) to a Buy rating.

 

Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT) declared a monthly dividend for April 2013 of C$0.03333 payable on May 31, 2013 to shareholders of record April 30, 2013.


On the downside


Keynote (Nasdaq: KEYN) warned that second quarter earnings and revenue would fall short of expectations.


Shares of Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) and McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX) continued falling even as gold prices rebounded.


Jacksonville Bancorp (Nasdaq: JAXB) stock plummeted on no news.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index surged 22 points to 1574.

The markets extended its gains during the midday with the Dow leaping 133 points to 14,733 as gold prices rebounded. Nasdaq surged 42 points to 3258.

On the upside

UniPixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) partnered with Eastman Kodak to scale up production of its next generation UniBoss touch sensors.


Shares of Acorda Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ACOR) continued rising after reporting positive results from a midstage clinical trial of Ampyra yesterday.

 

Bloomberg News reported that J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) was analyzing different scenarios to raise capital using its real estate holdings.


On the downside


Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) widened fourth quarter losses.


First quarter earnings rose for U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) but revenue fell to miss analyst expectations.


Shares of Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) slipped ahead of its earnings release after market close.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index soared 19 points to 1571.

The nation's industrial output rose 0.4% last month to lift the markets to a higher open with the Dow climbing 92 points to close at 14,691. Nasdaq gained 22 points to 3239.

On the upside

First quarter earnings slipped for Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) but the results topped analyst estimates and the world's largest beverage maker announced plans to refranchise its bottling business.


Citigroup (NYSE: C) introduced its new Pulse 2.0 upgraded corporate foreign-exchange electronic trading platform.

 

Shares of Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) rose after providing an operational update yesterday.


On the downside


The Food and Drug Administration requested additional data from Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRPT) for its Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy drug eteplirsen.


Joe's Jeans (Nasdaq: JOEZ) fell to a loss for the first quarter.


Netgear (Nasdaq: NTGR) lowered its first quarter earnings and revenue outlook.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 10 points to 1563.

Weak economic growth in China sparked a sharp drop in commodities to send the markets tumbling with the Dow collapsing 265 points to close at 14,599. Nasdaq plummeted 78 points to 3216.

On the upside

Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: GENE) subsidiary Phenogen Sciences reported that its BREVAGen breast cancer assessment test was more accurate than the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool alone.


Increasing cases of the avian flu in China lifted shares of Sinovac Biotech (Nasdaq: SVA), which developed the first approved swine flu vaccine in 2009.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote on Friday that Athersys (Nasdaq: ATHX) had great upside potential for the long term.


On the downside


Shares of OCZ Technology (Nasdaq: OCZ) continued falling after a Seeking Alpha article suggested last week that the company could file for bankruptcy within six months.


BMO Capital Markets downgraded Pan American Silver (Nasdaq: PAAS) from an Outperform rating to a Market Perform rating.


Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) provided an update on its new East Texas Eagle Ford Shale.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 6 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 8 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index plunged 36 points to 1552.

The markets extended its losses during the midday with the Dow plummeting 152 points to 14,712 as global economic concerns resurfaced. Nasdaq plunged 48 points to 3246.

On the upside

A Food and Drug Administration staff report indicated that the lung disease treatment Breo that is being jointly developed by Theravance (Nasdaq: THRX) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) may be approved in May.


Acorda Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ACOR) reported positive results from a midstage clinical trial of its Ampyra to help stroke patients improve their walking ability.

 

The U. S. Supreme Court indicated that it may uphold part of Myriad Genetics' (NYSE: MYGN) patents on human genes.


On the downside


UniTek Global Services (Nasdaq: UNTK) must restate financial reports going back to October 1, 2011 and announced the termination of chief financial officer and treasurer Ronald J. Lejman and the termination of chief accounting officer and controller Kevin McClelland.


Retreating silver prices weighed down shares of First Majestic Silver (NYSE: AG) and Silver Standard Resources (Nasdaq: SSRI).


Despite a recommendation by Institutional Shareholder Services that Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) shareholders support all ten individuals nominated by the Board, Audley Capital urged shareholders to vote for five nominees that it supports.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index tumbled 21 points to 1567.

Slowing growth of China's economy in the first quarter sparked concerns about the recovery of the global economy. The markets opened sharply lower with the Dow plunging 103 points to 14,761 while Nasdaq tumbled 26 points to 3267.

On the upside

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) offered a premium of approximately $25.5 billion in cash and stock to acquire Sprint (NYSE: S).


Thermo Fisher (NYSE: TMO) agreed to buy Life Technologies (Nasdaq: LIFE) for a premium of approximately $13.6 billion in cash.

 

Madison Dearborn Partners will take National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP) private in a deal valued at approximately $1.3 billion including convertible debt.


On the downside


Falling gold prices sent shares of Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), Iamgold (NYSE: IAG), Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC), Eldorado Gold (NYSE: EGO) and Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) tumbling.


Profit taking sank shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI).


The Food and Drug Administration requested clarification from Discovery Laboratories (NYSE: DSCO) and provided recommendations for the biotechnology company's recently updated product specifications for SURFAXIN.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by 9 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index dropped 12 points to 1576.

The markets closed flat with the Dow holding steady at 14,865 despite disappointing economic data. Nasdaq lost 5 points to 3294.

On the upside

Barington Capital Group urged Jones Group (NYSE: JNY) to shed some of its brands.


Deutsche Bank analyst Carlos Santarelli upgraded Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE: PNK) to a Buy rating.

 

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Bebe (Nasdaq: BEBE). Shares of the teen apparel retailer fell yesterday after reporting preliminary third quarter revenue that fell short of expectations.


On the downside


The Wall Street Journal reported that Orchard Supply Hardware Stores (Nasdaq: OSH) hired lawyers to assist with a restructuring of the company.


Stephens downgraded Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: IMGN) to an Equal Weight rating.


Bank of America downgraded Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) to an Underperform rating.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 4 points to 1588.

The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow slipping 24 points to 14,840 as consumer sentiment fell. Nasdaq lost 9 points to 3290.

On the upside

Shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) continued rising after announcing yesterday plans to acquire Fisher Communications (Nasdaq: FSCI) for approximately $373 million.


Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Bankrate (NYSE: RATE) to a Buy rating.

 

Cleantech Solutions International (Nasdaq: CLNT) reported higher fourth quarter revenue.


On the downside


Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), Harmony Gold (NYSE: HMY), Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) and Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY).


Profit taking sank shares of ImmunoGen (Nasdaq: IMGN), whose stock price climbed the last two days after announcing upbeat preclinical results for its IMGN289 product.


The proposed acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp (Nasdaq: HCBK) by M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) may be delayed due to anti-money laundering concerns.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index lost 7 points to 1586.

An unexpected 0.4% drop in March retail sales weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 33 points to 14,831. Nasdaq fell 13 points to 3287.

On the upside

Shares of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) continued rising after reporting a profit for the fourth quarter yesterday.


Rally Software (NYSE: RALY) stock surged on its first trading day.

 

Hedge fund Jana Partners purchased a 7.4% stake in Ashland (NYSE: ASH) saying that the company was undervalued.


On the downside


Infosys (NYSE: INFY) reported lower fourth quarter earnings and warned of slower revenue growth for the year.


A Seeking Alpha contributor expects MannKind's (Nasdaq: MNKD) inhalable insulin Afrezza to fail a Phase III clinical trial.


Profit taking sank shares of Acadia Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACAD).

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers 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 index fell 7 points to 1587.

Higher Close On Strong Earnings

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Strong earnings news along with a drop in jobless claims lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow climbing 62 points to 14,865. Nasdaq added 2 points to 3300.

On the upside

Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) will pay approximately $361 million to acquire Fisher Communications (Nasdaq: FSCI).


Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) announced a cash tender offer for all 10.375% senior notes due in 2016.

 

Extension of the Home Affordable Refinance Program lifted shares of mortgage services provider Walter Investment Management (NYSE: WAC).


On the downside


Apogee Enterprises (Nasdaq: APOG) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results missed analyst expectations.


Integra LifeSciences (Nasdaq: IART) voluntarily recalled some products that were made at its facility in Anyasco, Puerto Rico.


Profit taking sank shares of PBF Energy (NYSE: PBF), whose stock price rose yesterday on news of a supply agreement with Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR).

  

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 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 5 points to 1593.

The markets advanced during the midday with the Dow gaining 57 points to 14,859 as jobless claims tumbled more than expected. Nasdaq held steady at 3297.

On the upside

Shares of Chimerix (Nasdaq: CMRX) soared in its market debut.


Ross Stores (Nasdaq: ROST) reported an unexpected 2% gain in March same store sales.

 

March same store sales climbed 2.1% for Zumiez (Nasdaq: ZUMZ).


On the downside


Synergy Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: SGYP) priced its public offering of 16.375 million common shares at the discounted price of $5.50 per share.


Rumors circulated that Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) client Woodside Petroleum may change its plans for a $45 billion Browse liquefied natural gas project.


A Seeking Alpha contributor suggested that OCZ Technology (Nasdaq: OCZ) may file for bankruptcy protection within six months.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners 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 index added 5 points to 1593.

A greater than expected drop in first time applications for unemployment benefits lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow rising 39 points to 14,842. Nasdaq added a point to 3298.

On the upside

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the fourth quarter. The nation's third largest drugstore chain also reported its first annual profit in six years.


The Food and Drug Administration will allow Acadia Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACAD) to file an expedited New Drug Application for its Parkinson's disease psychosis treatment pimavanserin.

 

Morgan Stanley upgraded Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) from an Equal Weight rating to an Overweight rating and lifted its price target to $12.


On the downside


A record 14% drop in global personal computer shipments sent shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) tumbling.


Fortinet (Nasdaq: FTNT) reported preliminary first quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations prompting downgrades.


71.4% of respondents to a Raymond James survey gauging intentions to buy a smartphone said that they would never purchase a Blackberry (Nasdaq: BBRY).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 4 points to 1592.

The markets soared to close sharply higher with the Dow leaping 128 points to 14,802 over strong March trade data from China. Nasdaq surged 59 points to 3297.

On the upside

Royale Energy (Nasdaq: ROYL) will receive $43 million in a joint venture to explore and develop its Alaska North Slope holdings.


First quarter earnings fell for Adtran (Nasdaq: ADTN) but the results surpassed analyst expectations.

 

NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD) introduced its first phone that is preloaded with its Motorola ATRIX walkie-talkie software solution.


On the downside


Profit taking sank shares of First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR).


A Chilean court cited environmental concerns for suspending Barrick Gold's (NYSE: ABX) Pascua Lama mine.


Investors locked in profits on Synergy Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SGYP).

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index soared 19 points to 1587.

The markets opened higher with the Dow climbing 78 points to 14,751 as imports surged in China. Nasdaq soared 34 points to 3272.

On the upside

Shares of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) continued rising after announcing record data transmission of 400 Gbps over a live network yesterday.


Shares of Taylor Morrison (NYSE: TMHC) surged on its first trading day.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor highlighted the blockbuster potential of MannKind's (Nasdaq: MNKD) Afrezza if the Food and Drug Administration approves the inhalable insulin product next year.


On the downside


Health Management Associates (NYSE: HMA) reported preliminary first quarter earnings and revenue that fell far short of analyst expectations prompting the hospital operator to cut its full year guidance.


Titan Machinary (Nasdaq: TITN) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations and forecast 2014 results below estimates.


Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO) priced its public offering of 16.25 million common shares at the discounted price of $6.33 per share.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 10 points to 1578.

Investors lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow climbing 59 points to 14,673 in anticipation of strong earnings. Nasdaq gained 15 points to 3237.

On the upside

First Solar's (Nasdaq: FSLR) upbeat outlook lifted shares of LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK), MEMC Electronic Material (NYSE: WFR), SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR), Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE).


Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) climbed after Alcoa (NYSE: AA) posted strong earnings.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor will host a conference call with a patent expert to discuss Keryx Biopharmaceutical's (Nasdaq: KERX) Zerenex.


On the downside


A. Schulman (Nasdaq: SHLM) reported higher second quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations prompting the company to lower its full year outlook.


Affymetrix (Nasdaq: AFFX) reported preliminary first quarter revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.


Tetra Tech (Nasdaq: TTEK) warned of weakness in the second half of 2013 due to economic challenges in Eastern Canada.

  

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 index rose 5 points to 1568.

The markets advanced during the midday with the Dow gaining 32 points to 14,646 as investors turned their attention to earnings. Nasdaq rose 4 points to 3226.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor affirmed its Buy rating on Himax Technologies (Nasdaq: HIMX).


Unilife (Nasdaq: UNIS) will supply a pharmaceutical with a customized EZMix dual-chamber syringe.

 

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced a record cadmium-telluride photovoltaic module conversion efficiency of 16.1%.


On the downside


Shares of Delcath Systems (Nasdaq: DCTH) continued falling after the Food and Drug Administration extended the review of the medical device maker's Melblez liver cancer treatment system.


BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) does not hold patents in China for its injectable flu treatment peramivir.


Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD) priced its public offering of 26.5 million common shares at the discounted price of $27.30 per share.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added 2 points to 1565.

Upbeat earnings from Alcoa lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow rising 10 points to 14,624. Nasdaq added 4 points to 3226.

On the upside

MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG) partnered with INTEGRA Software Systems to offer an electronic loan origination experience.


ZIOPHARM Oncology (Nasdaq: ZIOP) reported preclinical data in support of DNA-based therapy to treat breast cancer.

 

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Shaw Communications successfully transmitted 400 Gigabit per second data over an existing high capacity network.


On the downside


J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) fired chief executive Ron Johnson and replaced Johnson with former chief executive Mike Ullman.


Medley Capital (NYSE: MCC) priced its public offering of 4 million common shares at the discounted price of $14.70 per share.


BSD Medical (Nasdaq: BSDM) a registered direct offering of $5 million worth of common stock and warrants.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a slim margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index held steady at 1563.

Higher Close Ahead Of Earnings

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The markets recovered earlier losses close higher with the Dow climbing 48 points to 14,613 as investors await the beginning of first quarter earnings season. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 3222.

On the upside

Bloomberg reported that Advanced Micro Devices' (NYSE: AMD) processor will power the next Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox console.


Macquarie upgraded MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG) to a Neutral rating from Underperform.

 

Shares of NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD) continued rising after announcing the $400 million sale of its stake in Nextel Peru last Thursday.


On the downside


Saba Software (Nasdaq: SABA) stock continued falling after announcing Thursday after market close that it would not regain Nasdaq listing compliance.


Exide Technologies (Nasdaq: XIDE) extended its losses from last week when it announced that Lazard would advise the company on strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value.


Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) from a Buy rating to a Hold rating.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 9 points to 1563.

The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow falling 40 points to 14,524 ahead of Alcoa's earnings release after market close. Nasdaq slipped 3 points to 3200.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor expects Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) to be acquired.


Private equity firm General Atlantic will invest in GOL Linhas (NYSE: GOL) subsidiary SMILES S. A.

 

BSD Medical (Nasdaq: BSDM) signed an exclusive, multi-million dollar agreement for Terumo Europe to distribute its MicroThermX Microwave Ablation System in 100 countries.


On the downside


Shares of Affymax (Nasdaq: AFFY) continued falling as more shareholder lawsuits were filed against the biopharmaceutical.


Profit taking sank shares of Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (NYSE: CIG), whose stock price soared last week after reporting impressive fourth quarter and full year earnings.


Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) will expand a trial service that charges a fee for users to send a personal message to a someone who is not a friend.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index eased a point to 1552.

Concerns about escalating tensions with North Korea weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow dropping 62 points to 14,503. Nasdaq lost 7 points to 3196.

On the upside

General Electric (NYSE: GE) will pay a premium of approximately $3.1 billion to acquire Lufkin Industries (Nasdaq: LUFK).


Rising cases of H7N9 avian flu in China lifted shares of flu treatment maker BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX).

 

Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) expects to become profitable in the second half of the year.


On the downside


Merz Pharma withdrew its $22 per share cash offer to acquire Obagi Medical Products (Nasdaq: OMPI).


J. P. Morgan downgraded Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to a Neutral rating.


The Food and Drug Administration extended the Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date for reviewing Delcath Systems' (Nasdaq: DCTH) Melblez Kit.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 3 points to 1549.

The markets recovered earlier losses but still closed lower with the Dow falling 40 points to 14,565 as March jobs data disappointed. Nasdaq lost 21 points to 3203.

On the upside

An Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL) vice president purchased 3,000 shares of company stock.


Bargain hunters snapped up shares of Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) whose stock price fell earlier this week after paying $400 million to acquire Eagle Ford Shale properties in Texas from Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR).

 

Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) appointed Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr to its board.


On the downside


SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) corrected an earlier press release to read "4.8 million UK SMEs" rather than "4.8 billion UK SMEs" in the original text.


Shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) fell as investors had a second day to digest news of the departure of two directors and the replacement of chairman Ray Lane on an interim basis by Ralph Whitworth.


Nokia (NYSE: NOK) closed its retail store in Shanghai, China.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 6 points to 1553.

Disappointingly weak jobs data sent the markets tumbling during the midday with the Dow dropping 83 points to 14,522. Nasdaq fell 31 points to 3193.

On the upside

Shares of vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech (Nasdaq: SVA) rose after a sixth person died of the avian flu in China. Flu treatment maker BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) also climbed.


EnergySolutions (NYSE: ES) amended its acquisition agreement to receive a higher price of $4.15 per share in cash from Energy Capital Partners II.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote that Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) could eek out a profit for the first quarter.


On the downside


Renewed concerns about Apple's (Nasdaq: APPL) upcoming iRadio sent shares of Pandora Media (NYSE: P) tumbling.


F5 Networks' (Nasdaq: FFIV) earnings warning weighed down shares of Cavium (Nasdaq: CAVM).


Saba Software (Nasdaq: SABA) warned that it would be delisted from Nasdaq for failing to comply with financial filing requirements.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 13 points to 1546.

The markets opened sharply lower with the Dow plummeting 151 points to 14,454 on news that far fewer jobs were added in March than economists had expected. Nasdaq plunged 47 points to 3177.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Exide Technologies (Nasdaq: XIDE), whose stock price plunged yesterday on news of a possible restructuring.


NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD) will sell its business in Peru to Entel for approximately $400 million.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor published a third part to an ongoing article stating that memory shortages would benefit Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU).


On the downside


AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) and Rigel Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: RIGL) reported mixed results from a late stage clinical trial of their rheumatoid arthritis treatment fostamatinib.


F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV) warned that second quarter earnings and revenue would fall short of analyst expectations.


Radware (Nasdaq: RDWR) blamed weaker than expected international sales for lowering its first quarter earnings and revenue guidance.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index dropped 18 points to 1541.

The Bank of Japan expanded its stimulus plan to lift domestic markets to a higher close with the Dow climbing 55 points to 14,606. Nasdaq rose 6 points to 3224.

On the upside

Star Scientific (Nasdaq: STSI) said that two shareholder complaints filed against the company were without merit. 


Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (Nasdaq: JOSB) reported lower fourth quarter earnings but the results beat analyst expectations.

 

Stifel Nicolaus lifted its price target on Conn's (Nasdaq: CONN) from $36 to $50.


On the downside


Debtwire reported that Exide Technologies (Nasdaq: XIDE) retained the services of Lazard and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to explore restructuring options.


Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Hubert cut her 2013 revenue and earnings guidance for Teradata (NYSE: TDC).


Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) must restate financial reports for 2010, 2011 and the first three quarters of 2012.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 6 points to 1559.

A drop in March planned layoffs tempered news of an unexpected gain in first time applications for unemployment benefits last week. The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow gaining 28 points to 14,578 while Nasdaq eased a point to 3216.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL), whose stock price fell earlier this week when the company announced a senior notes offering. 


Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL) will merge with Provident New York Bancorp (NYSE: PBNY) in a stock deal valued at approximately $344 million.

 

A Seeking Alpha contributor listed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU) as one of four dividend paying Japanese stocks with upside potential.


On the downside


Investors locked in profits on Microvision (Nasdaq: MVIS), whose stock price soared yesterday on a development deal.


Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE: HNR) reported a drop in proved reserves at its 32% owned Venezuelan affiliate Petrodelta.


Profit taking sank shares of NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD), whose stock price surged yesterday on reports that the wireless communications provider was in discussions to sell its Peru business.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index rose 4 points to 1558.

The markets opened mixed with the Dow rising 14 points to 14,565 while Nasdaq slipped 7 points to 3210 as jobless claims unexpectedly rose.

On the upside

CombiMatrix (Nasdaq: CBMX) reported that prenatal testing surged by a preliminary rate of 124% in the first quarter. 


Deutsche Bank upgraded Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) to a Buy rating.

 

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) will introduce Samsung Experience stores within 1,400 of its stores.


On the downside


Greenbrier Cos. (NYSE: GBX) reported lower second quarter earnings as revenue dropped.


Financial Times reported that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) removed items from its China iTunes store that are banned by the Chinese government.


Profit taking sank shares of Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA), whose stock price soared yesterday when social gaming site launched real money online gambling in Britain.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added 2 points to 1556.

Investors soured on news about weakness in the services sector as oil prices dropped on increased stockpiles.  The Dow tumbled 111 points to close at 14,550.  Nasdaq joined the sell-off by giving up 36 points to finish the session at 3218.

On the upside

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SCMP) was upgraded by Cantor Fitzgerald.   The company makes drugs that treat chronic constipation and bowel ailments.


Investors were pleased with a Wall Street Journal report that Fifth & Pacific Cos (NYSE: FNP) is considering the sale of Lucky Brand and Juicy Couture brands.


Shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) bucked the sell-off on optimism that the company may be planning the simultaneous launch of low-cost phones and larger screen iPhones as well as the Apple iTV.


On the downside


ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) posted 3rd quarter earnings that missed expectations even though it reaffirmed full-year guidance.


Consumer Portfolio Services (Nasdaq: CPSS) sold $185 million in notes secured by automobile financing receivables.


After hitting a 52-week high yesterday, shares of Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC) sold off on heavy volume.  Some investors worried that government reimbursement policies may favor insurers over hospital operators.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on both the NYSE and Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 16 points to close at 1553.

Weak expansion of the services sector in March sent the markets tumbling during the midday with the Dow falling 63 points to 14,631. Nasdaq dropped 20 points to 3234.

On the upside

El Comercio reported that Chilean phone company Entel may pay $500 million to acquire NII Holdings' (Nasdaq: NIHD) Peru business. 


RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage of Astex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ASTX) with an Outperform rating.

 

MicroVision (Nasdaq: MVIS) will integrate its PicoP display technology into the development of display engine for a Fortune Global 100 electronics company.


On the downside


Shares of refiners Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC), Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) continued falling over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new standards for gasoline.


Affymax (Nasdaq: AFFY) stock continued falling after reporting a wider fourth quarter loss yesterday.


Eldorado Gold (NYSE: EGO) extended its losses after announcing yesterday that iron ore will not be shipped from its Vila Nova Iron Ore mine due to damages at the Santana Port ship loading facility.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 10 points to 1559.

Private employers added fewer jobs than expected in March to weigh the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 31 points to 14,631. Nasdaq fell 9 points to 3245.

On the upside

Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) launched two online real money gambling games in Britain today. 


Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) will sell its interest in the Eagle Ford Shale properties to Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) for approximately $401 million.

 

Magicjack Vocaltec (Nasdaq: CALL) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the fourth quarter as revenue soared.


On the downside


Mindspeed Technologies (Nasdaq: MSPD) warned that second quarter revenue would fall short of expectations.


Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) announced a leasing program for its Model S sedan but the stock price dropped.


Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of expectations.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index lost 6 points to 1564.

Investors embraced the healthcare sector, but stocks mostly retreated from intraday highs.  The Dow closed at a new record high of 14,662, up 89 points while Nasdaq added a more modest 15 points to finish the session at 3,254.

On the upside

Shares of Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) resumed its rally on continued talks about a possible takeover by AT&T (NYSE: T) or Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ).


B.O.S. Better Online Solutions (Nasdaq:BOSC), an Israeli provider of supply chain solutions, boasted of better than expected 4th quarter revenues and a slim profit.  


Optimistic investors snapped up shares of Himax Technologies (Nasdaq: HIMX), a circuit board maker that can benefit from increasing demand for tablet computers.


On the downside


Investors took profits after shares of Lifeway Foods (Nasdaq: LWAY) hit a multi-year high.  The maker of cultured dairy products posted record quarterly revenues and earnings.


New costs to reduce sulfur in gasoline and tighten auto emission standards may hurt profit margins for refineries.  Shares of Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) and Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) lost ground.


Silvercorp Metals (NYSE: SVM) and Rubicon Minerals (NYSE: RBY) were among the biggest decliners as precious metals prices fell sharply.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a slim margin  on the NYSE and by a margin of 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added 8 points to 1570, a new record high.

The markets solidified its gains with the Dow rising 97 points to 14,670 while Nasdaq rose 23 points to 3262.

On the upside

Shares of Hertz Global Holdings (Nasdaq: HTZ) rose following a forecast for strong earnings and revenue growth through 2015 due to increasing global demand for car rentals.


Investors snapped up shares of Optimer Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: OPTR) after the antibiotic maker revealed that it was weighing a sale of the company.


German drugmaker Merz Pharma Group announced a $380 million bid for dermatology products maker Obagi (Nasdaq: OMPI) that topped an offer made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX).


On the downside


Shares of Uni-Pixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) retreated as investors took profits on the touch screen sensor maker.

iGo (Nasdaq:IGOI) posted a drop in quarterly revenues due to lower sales of its power management products.


Shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) and Allied Nevada Gold Corp (NYSE: ANV) dropped as precious metals prices fell sharply.

  

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 4 to 3  on the NYSE and by 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index added 6 points to 1568.

The markets opened higher with the Dow climbing 86 points to 14,659 as Cyprus finalized details of its bailout. Nasdaq gained 24 points to 3263.

On the upside

Nasdaq OMX Group (Nasdaq: NDAQ) will pay approximately $750 million in cash to acquire the Treasury trading platform eSpeed from BGC Partners (Nasdaq: BGCP). 


Shares of Humana (NYSE: HUM) UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) continued rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said yesterday that benefits for Medicare Advantage customers will increase by more than 3% per person.

 

Activist investor Carl Icahn acquired a 9.3% stake in Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN).


On the downside


Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) reported a lower than expected March passenger revenue per available seat mile increase of only 2%.


Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope downgraded Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) to a Sell rating.


Nordic American Tankers (NYSE: NAT) priced its follow-on offering of 9.75 million common shares at the discounted price of $9.60 per share.

  

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 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 8 points to 1570.

The markets closed lower with the Dow slipping 5 points to 14,572 as manufacturing activity in March expanded less than expected. Nasdaq dropped 28 points to 3239.

On the upside

Motley Fool expects results to improve for GameStop (NYSE: GME) in 2014 and 2015  when Sony (NYSE: SNE) releases its PlayStation 4 and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) introduces its newest version of Xbox. 


Annual 2012 earnings for Security National Financial (Nasdaq: SNFC) surged.

 

Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong upgraded Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE: TAP) to a Buy rating and lifted her price target from $47 to $63.


On the downside


A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote last week that Uni-Pixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) was overvalued.


Shares of Hudson Technologies (Nasdaq: HDSN) continued falling after the company said last week that the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule on 2013 and 2014 allowances for HCFC were too low.


Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) announced last week that senior vice president and chief financial officer T. M. Whichard III retired effective March 25, 2013.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 8 points to 1560.

The nation's March manufacturing activity expanded less than expected to weigh the markets down during the midday with the Dow losing 28 points to 14,586. Nasdaq dropped 29 points to 3237.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration outlined a pathway for BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) to seek regulatory approval of its intravenous flu treatment peramivir. 


A Seeking Alpha contributor established a bullish position on Blackberry (Nasdaq: BBRY) for the short and medium term.

 

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID) expects a 7% increase in steel sales in 2013.


On the downside


Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) director Matthew A. Drapkin sold 250,000 shares of company stock.


Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) announced last week that it would curtail production at its Willow Creek mine.


C&J Energy Services (NYSE: CJES) warned that hydraulic fracturing activity missed expectations in the first quarter.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 8 points to 1560.

The markets opened mixed with the Dow adding 7 points to 14,586 while Nasdaq lost 11 points to 3256 as investors anticipate slower expansion of the manufacturing sector.

On the upside

American Greetings (NYSE: AM) will be acquired by an entity owned by the Weiss family for a premium of $18.20 per share in cash along with a possible dividend of 15 cents per share. 


Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) expects to post its first profitable quarter in the first quarter as sales of its Model S sedan surpassed estimates.

 

Quicksilver Resources (NYSE: KWK) sold a 25% interest in its Barnett Shale assets to Tokyo Gas for approximately $485 million.


On the downside


Excel Maritime (NYSE: EXM) disappointed with sharply lower earnings and revenue for the second half of 2012.


DFC Global (Nasdaq: DLLR) warned that third quarter results would fall short of expectations and lowered its full year earnings outlook.


Panasonic (NYSE: PC) will voluntarily delist from the New York Stock Exchange effective April 22, 2013.

  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 2 points to 1566.

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